Sunday, 25 May 2014


These next set of photo's were taken a year after the last posts. The garden was ready for visitors who were coming to help celebrate my youngest daughter's 21 st birthday and my 50th being as our birthdays are only ten days apart.

This is a view of the pergola , we have removed the old rotting workshop that sat beside it opening it up to the garden from three sides, we have also added some two foot trellis panels to help give some shade due to the garden being mainly south facing.

From the patio you can now see the trellis that was erected to split the garden, the gate way has been given a roof, which still needed to be tiled.
Closer to the house there is now three black metal rose arches that have been linked together by some posts with trellis which as been stained black to match the arches.

The archway leads your eye to the statue of Venus in the distance. There is now a stepping stone style path that curves over to the gateway to the flower garden. I laid the bricks that form the pathway beneath the arch from bricks that had been used in a small wall that we removed. Sorry that the photo is on an angle but these photo's were hard to scan due to curling up at the corners!!.

looking back at the house.

The flower garden had now gained a path of square stepping stone paving which took you round both sides of the sundial.

At this time the borders are still square to the fencing filled with roses and flowering perennials.

We still have the old path running through this part of the garden and have added some trellis above the fence panels for privacy and climbing plants.

in this corner you can see the start of next doors hedge which runs to the back end of the garden on that side.

From the Cloisters you are looking back into the flower garden towards the house.

Looking from the Cloisters down into the formal parterre garden, you can see how the box plants have begun to fill out and we have placed an antique chimney pot in the centre on a paving slab.

Another view of the formal parterre garden but this time you can see an arch forming the entrance to the wild unfinished part of the garden. We were using a small part just beyond this to grow Raspberry's, rhubarb and apples.

A final view back to the patio and house.

Tomorrow I will show the next stage which involves the wilderness at the very end of the garden.



  1. Just loving it here and it's inspiring me to try to do my very best with my tiny plot.
    My external boundaries are already six foot fenced by me when I moved in here sixteen years ago and over the last two years I have been slowly adding a few trees to help try to screen out the surrounding neighbouring properties.
    I had aleardy added a matching wrought iron arch over the bench that my daughter and her husband gave me and ivy has now completely covered it to provide a shaded seating area.
    The next job is to widen the shrub/flower boarders by cutting into the lawn to hopefully give me the different heights and planting that I so admire in yours.
    A small paved patio area surrounds the conservatory with a tiny patio table and chairs and a few plant containers/chimney pots on it.
    I'm now wondering if I should insert a wavy/slightly winding paved stone path into the lawn leading from the conservatory doors to the bench? If so, are they easy to clean if they get dirty from the debris from the huge Sycamore Tree that towers up at the back of the garden?
    Love the idea of fixing the extra trellis to the top of the fencing to allow climbers to grow over it to help my/ trees shield the surrounding houses. Are there any other evergreen climbers like the ivy/firethorn (the latter is a bit prickly for my liking) or are they mainly only Summer ones like clematis/wisteria/honeysuckle or semi- evergreen like the jasmins?

  2. Thank you Kendal. Having seen your lovely garden, I can say that your ivy covered garden Bench is lovely, I have photo's taken of the Sasha's using it.
    We are forever widening the borders to make room for more plants!to give more colour height and interest, so that would also help you.
    You could indeed have a winding paved stone path from the house to the bench or if your borders are staying straight step it across from house to bench to keep a clean sharp look to it.You should be able to clean them the same as any paving with a jet washer.
    You could use Schizophragma (Hydrangeoides Rose sensation) which likes shade or part shade and is evergreen with pink tinged flowers. or Hydrangea Seemanii which is an ever green climber for shade with white flowers/bracts or Boston Ivy ( partenocissus )which turns a lovely shade of red for autumn interest.but is not an evergreen.