We move on to the piece de resistance at Kilbourne Grove.
When I was taking a garden design course, and in all the garden design books I have read, one piece of advice is to design from the inside out. You should start with the views from your windows. There are three windows on the ground floor of Kilbourne Grove that this could apply to. A bay window in the front parlour, looks out at our neighbour, and the bay window in the library looks out at the street. Neither of them give me much room to work with, but the kitchen window looks out the back of the house and there is 100 feet to the fence.
This is where I stand much of the day, after all, the kitchen is the heart of the home. So this is where I placed my Lime Walk.
In England, Tillia or Linden trees are called Lime Trees. I am not sure why this is. But there is a beautiful Lime Walk at Sissinghurst, and it was one of my first garden influences.
After spending my summer holidays laying out the Kitchen Garden and the Flora Glade, I didn’t have any free time until early November. Luckily it was a beautiful Indian summer.
After pegging a straight line, cedars were planted in a line. This will be pruned into a hedge, and back the pleached limes.
Newly planted cedars, November 2007
The cedars were free, yay, dug up from my brothers farm. They are a bit wonky, but in time they will grow and you will never know.
You can see that we have planted a few cedars at the end of the walk, in front of the maple tree. This will provide a backdrop to a focal point, an urn or a statue. You can also see that only the east side is planted, we ran out of cedars before the west side was planted, so that had to wait until 2008.
In early May 2008, I starting making beds. More bricks, (where were they all coming from?) outlined the beds. Four cubic yards of triple mix had been delivered, and was wheelbarrowed into place.
Then it was time to haul out my booty, no, not the one behind me,(thank you J Lo for making them popular). Look at all the goodies that I got free from work. I got busy and planted a line of leftover Easter hydrangea. If they live, fab, if they don’t, oh well, they didn’t cost me anything. in front of them a mass of muscari. This was it for 2008, except for planting some Allium “Purple Sensation” in the fall.
The muscari was beautiful in May 2009 (thank god, I finally got that digital camera)!
The alliums look beautiful, I am so glad that I purchased another 100, fall 2009.
The Lindens were purchased bare root (and very small, approx 5-6 feet tall), spring 2009. There are 12 planted in the Lime Walk 6 per side. I am hoping that they will be tall enough this spring to start with my first tier of pleaching, it will start at six feet of the ground.
Boxwoods were planted in June 2009, they were largish specimens, loosely clipped into balls.
Hydrangea stay in flower a long time, until a heavy frost.
This is the view from my kitchen window.
If you want, you can read more here.
Future plans are very limited, I need a focal point at the end of the walk, where the bird bath is now, I am thinking of a large urn on a pedestal, or a statue, but it needs to be 7-8 feet tall for the scale to be correct. The limes have to be pleached, and the hedges to be shaped. I am unsure if I will plant a perennial in front of the hydrangea. I hadn’t planned on it, but I find the muscari foliage is very messy and takes away from the look. The only other project I am toying with is using the bricks as a mowing strip, edging is a pain, so it doesn’t get down as often as it should.