Saturday, 31 January 2015

End of Month View January 2015

I found that joining in with the End of Month View meme hosted by Helen over at The Patience Gardeners Weblog last year a valuable way of tracking developments in a new border I worked on and planted out last year - I have decided to continue taking part.  This meme does exactly as it says on the tin!  End of Month View.  Which view? Well that's entirely up to you.  You can join in here.

Last year, my post began when the work got under way.  There was a lot of hard labour involved in the first couple of posts but this year it's going to be different.  All the hard work has already been done.  Leaving me to do nothing else except watch the garden grow.  Again, I intend to focus on one particular spot - The Front Garden.  These shots taken on Thursday, sees the garden with a light covering of snow.  Since there is little else to see right now, it adds a bit of interest.  This is the view standing on the front step.

Looking west into the open fields over the river
A bit about my front garden.  It is an incredibly sunny spot, very open and exposed at times.  It takes a fair battering from those south westerly winds and rain.  Despite the fact the the whole property is on quite a level site, the drainage out here in the front garden is far better than the back garden.  Tulip and Gladioli bulbs survive in the ground without rotting in the winter wet.  I've enjoyed sourcing plants that will cope with these conditions.

I've left a small circular lawn in the centre of the garden, the Roses I planted at the end of summer/early autumn are intended to be the stars of the show and they will be joined by a variety of perennials throughout the year.  

View from in front of the house
Standing in the back corner, looking towards the street, you can see the Privet hedge is completely bare this year.  I really could be doing with removing this hedge but as it's home and support to the rather gorgeous Tropaeolum speciosum I am loathe to do so.  Instead, I am letting it gain some height to show of the Tropaeolum at it's best.  The shape of the lawn is a bit more obvious in this shot. The upturned baskets you can see offer protection for the Nepeta from the cats.  Kooki as you can see contemplating going for a wander or back indoors for a bit of heat.  

Looking towards the houses, I live on the end of a row of four terraced houses and we are not allowed fencing out the front more than 3ft in height.  I have added a bit of height by topping it off with trellising.  Elsewhere in the garden the trellis is square edged, I thought I do something a bit different out here.  I hoped that the curved lines would add a bit of character.  I'm not at all convinced but they are there now and there they will stay for now!

View towards the house
As yet, I've not put in any climbers to cover the trellising.  I have issues with the neighbour's Kerria japonica (to the left in this image), I periodically have to remove the slats of the fence to tear out the suckers that grows between the fence in it's attempt to take over my garden.  To the right (you can just make it out to the left of the potted Cordyline), she has planted Prunus laurocerasus - I am currently trying to convince her of it's inappropiateness a couple of feet from the house and fence. She's taking some convincing!

As for colour scheme, I originally wanted a scheme of warm reds/oranges and yellows contrasting with deep purples but some cooler blues have slipped since I toiled to source plants in the exact colour of purple I wanted.  I think know that I will need to work on softening the edge where it meets the drive - I had a bit of a 'that will do' moment when work here was nearing the end.  Do you know that feeling?

Last to go in the ground in autumn were the 200 Crocus sieberi Spring Beauty and 25 Iris (Dutch) Bronze Beauty bulbs I bought from Peter Nyssen.  This is the first time I've bought bulbs online.  I used Peter Nyssen after reading that a few of you recommended them in your posts.  I under planted all the roses with the Crocus and the Iris have been planted in groups of 5 here and there.  They should be the first plants to bloom this year.

Crocus sieberi Spring Beauty foliage End of January 2015
So there you have it, My Front Garden, at around 5m x 5m, certainly not the largest but definitely not the smallest either.  In conjunction with this post, I intend to created a stand alone page for my front garden.  It's purpose will be to profile the plants as and when they bloom throughout the year.  I tried to do this last year with the whole garden and to be honest, proved to be much more time consuming that I'd thought.   I am hoping that by concentrating on a smaller area I won't get swamp in the work involved.  The page is a blank right now but will be adding to as soon as the first flowers of the year appear.

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  1. Dear Angie, I was anxiously waiting for the "new End of Month View" that you have chosen and now I know :-)! I can't wait to see your front yard blooming in spring, from what you tell that you have already planted there it will look very, very lovely. I actually think that your curved trellises add something to your fence, I tried to imagine it without them and think it looks so much better with them.
    You have planted an amazing amount of bulbs, it will look gorgeous when they all emerge.
    By the way, I have decided to participate in the End of Month View - meme as well this year. I want to let you know that I was greatly inspired and encouraged to do that by your posts from last year and wanted you to thank you for that!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. Glad you were inspired to join in Christina - you will find it gives you focus to work on your white border.
      I'm looking forward to seeing how things go here over the year. Many of the plants were just about to die back when I moved them here, so I a filled with anticipation and hope that I got it right!

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  2. Arh a front garden, I featured mine a couple of years ago. I struggle with mine as I don't like gardening so publically!
    I shall enjoy watching yours through the coming year.

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    1. Thankfully my gardening time is when everyone else is at work during the day Helen so not so public. I don't think I could stand it if that were not the case.

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  3. Looking forward to seeing your front garden over the course of the year. I'm planning to participate in the EOMV again this year if I can get my act together in time.

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    1. I'm sure you'll get a post together Alison - I enjoyed your bottle bed last year and I'm sure I'll enjoy this year's post from you too.

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  4. Before you know it there will be many more green shoots to be seen Angie. As for the 'It will do' moment.. How well I understand!!

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    1. You are right Jessica - although it's still very cold, new growth is apparent almost every day. I have way too many of those that will do moments!

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  5. All the fencing and the hedge give such a nice sense of structure to be built around. My baby hedge has a long way to go! I rather like the curved trellis tops, by the way. They look made for something lovely to grow on!

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    1. I'm sure once your baby hedge gets going Amy, it will be just as you planned. I'm quite useless when it comes to patience in the garden and get frustrated at it at times. Yes, the trellis will end up with something growing over it but I'd like to see how the area as a whole develops over the next year or so and take it from there, plus I need to be tactical about encouraging her to move or remove the prunus.

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  6. How lovely to see your front garden again, what a great big area, at 25 m2 it is a good size area. I am looking forward to seeing it develop and all the plants you have here, I remember your roses and a few other things but you probably have lots more!
    I am still interested in trying to grow Tropaeolum speciosum up through my old huge camellia if you got any spare offshoots, would be spectacular if I could manage to get it established. I am looking forward to seeing it in flower again, now that you are showing off this area for your EOMV posts. I have been thinking of making a separate page for my front garden too, I can see from my statistics that my plant list is well visited.

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    1. Ah, I knew there was someone else I'd promised some roots in Autumn Helene and you just reminded me that you commented when it was in flower. Please remind me in summer and I'll get some down to you.
      Good luck with the new page, if and when Helene. I never read my stats, I suppose I should really!

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    2. I'll send you a wish-list sometime in May/June, and please send me one back if you can squeeze in more plants – I guess we both can make room for some small gems, if we look carefully ;-)

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  7. A good area to choose for the EOMV. It will be interesting to watch it grow. I am still trying to decide what to do. I managed a few posts last year but didn't concentrate on just one area. I might do just one this year too. I will have to get out this morning and get some photos even though it is February already. I can't believe it. I love Tropaeolum speciosum but have tried it before and lost it. Must research it a bit more before I get it again.

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    1. I haven't checked to see if you've posted yet Annette, but I'm sure you'll get round to it as soon as practicable. Odd the Tropaeolum doesn't do well for you. It thrived in Alistair's old garden in Aberdeen.

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  8. Nice frontgarden with lovely views over the hedge, no houses on the opposite of the street. Take good care for your ordinary privat hedge for the Tropeaolum speciosum is such a gorgeous plant....... I've tried this Tropeaolum 3 times with bad (dead) result. In our country it's a rare plant, climate or soil are obviously not suitable.

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    1. The Tropaeolum is one of those fussy plants that not everyone has success with Janneke. I used to think it was a weed and rip it out every year!
      The views, yes the front is not over looked except by next door and when the trees along the river leaf out it's very pretty.

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  9. I look forward to seeing your garden grow. I am planning to plant up a red and yellow border this year - just hoping that the perennials overwintering in pots on the greenhouse survive 'til I plant them out

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    1. I'm sure they will Sue. I've not forgotten about the Persicaria you want to give a go. I'll get it to you at the earliest.

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  10. I'm so impressed with the number of bulbs that you have planted in your front garden, did you plant them all at once or a few each day?! It will look so beautiful when they are in flower, I look forward to seeing them.

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    1. I did the bulbs over a couple of days Pauline. My wee dibber was working overtime. I found it easier to make wee individual holes and pop them down. I think they've all come up as there are no apparent gaps in the groups that are up so far. I'm hoping they spread themselves around.

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  11. Angie it is interesting seeing the long view of your front garden, you might also consider the front privet hedge worth keeping as a bit of protection from those south westerlies, you are quite exposed at the front aren't you, open views have benefits and drawbacks, as you describe it I am looking forward to seeing your garden grow and bloom this year, I have decided for my eomv this year to follow my rose borders, as one is species roses which do not flower so prolifically and the other rugosas, it will be interesting to me seeing how much better garden roses flower and with you being so much further south too, Frances

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    1. Very exposed Frances and last year I started to allow the hedge to get a bit of height. It is not the healthiest of specimens and I suspect that's a side affect of the weather rather than anything else.
      I look forward to seeing your roses too and as you say, great to compare.

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  12. Your snowy views are a great backdrop against which to view the garden's progress throughout the year Angie. I was impressed by what you did in the back last year so I'm sure you'll work wonders with this space as well. It sounds as though you've already made a good start with all those bulbs!

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    1. I hope those snowy views did give you too much of a chill Kris ;)
      You say the nicest things - I'm hoping all goes well out here too. I used to be rather embarrassed to show whole areas of my garden before but I'm getting a bit more confident about it now.

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  13. I look forward to seeing this garden as it begins to bloom and grow. It sounds like you have many ideas and lots already going on. And I look forward to your stand alone page too.

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    1. I'm hoping it all turns out looking exactly as it does in my head Donna!

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  14. Very interesting, think you haven't shown this part very often up to now. I'm looking forward to seeing it 'in the green'. As for the view to the fields and river - aren't you lucky, great to have nature right on your doorstep.

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    1. You are right Annette, I think I've only shown this area once or twice before. It is a nice spot in the village to live and it's good not to be so over looked at the front. There is planning permission to the large plot over the way for 500 houses. Personally, I don't mind that as the village needs more amenities and the area can and does get used by fly tippers and travellers! Thankfully, it's out of our view shot most of the time. Other houses in the village have to look at it permanently, that would send me haywire!

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  15. Love your arch with your basket pole dead centre Angie, it will look great once everything is greened up. You might well get the weather but at least you get the sun and a view from the front.

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    1. Thanks Rick. The basket pole is actually a bird feeder Rick. I don't usually have a bird feeder round here but lately discovered groups of bullfinches on the trees and shrubs just over the way. This is my way of trying to attract them to the garden. It's been a failure so far - but I think it's because the garden is too open.

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    2. Sorry Angie, I can see it now, in fact I have one which is pretty much identical, maybe I was seeing something that could be? You are dead right, I can tell you from experience, without cover you will not get the birds, you need some big bushes or small trees nearby.

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    3. I live in hope Rick! Still, the chaffinches and blue tits are enjoying it, so at least all is not lost!

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  16. As pretty as the macro shots are, it's nice to back up and see the whole garden at once. Photographs are brutally honest in exposing what is working and what isn't, which is helpful to me in designing and refining my landscape. I love the intimate feeling of your little circle of grass, surrounded by roses and perennials in summer. What a great place for an afternoon tea!

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  17. It's nice to meet your new project. That's a good sized front garden, plenty to work with. Sounds like you already have lots of ideas and plants in there. I think it's nice to add in some cooler colours with the hot colours, each can help set off the other.

    People drive me crazy with putting trees too close to the house. Legally you aren't supposed to either! Remind her that the roots could get into the base of her house and cause problems to the foundations...

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  18. You're lucky to have an open, sunny garden like that. So much you can do with that sort of space. I do prefer the curved tops to the trellises, myself

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