Introduction to the garden

I thought it would make sense if I made some sort of description of the garden to try and put things into context:

I’ve lived here since 2007.  It is fair to say I bought this garden and house, as that was the order of decision making.  The house is fairly ordinary, 1930s ex-local authority semi.  The garden was mainly a large lawn so the potential was amazing.  I live in the East Midlands, not too far from anywhere really which makes it really nice.  I have a full time job so gardening is weekends, evenings and days off.  It is, it is fair to say, my obsession and it makes me happy.

So – here is the general description of what I have.

About a third of an acre that surrounds the house on three sides (semi – remember).  When I moved in the front garden consisted mainly of lawn and some large shrubs that blocked out light to the house.  Shrubs are now consigned to the front hedge and the main front lawn is now replaced by an knot garden. 

The side lawn at the front is disappearing in a piece-meal fashion but not very quickly so I suspect it might always exist to some extent.  The path to the house is lined with lavender as is the sweep around the knot garden.

In between the front garden and the back garden is a small gravely area just outside the kitchen window.  This is now becoming a more established gravel garden mainly inhabited with self-seeders, a few crocus and some species tulips. 

The back garden is divided into several areas:

The vegetable garden with seven raised beds which is divided from the garden with a hedge of Rosa Hyde Hall.

There is the Coal Bunker Border (in front of the coal bunker)

The Conservatory Border (yes, in front of the conservatory)

The Spring Border, behind the Bramley tree leading on from the Conservatory Border

The Prairie Borders

The Bermuda Triangle

The Woodland Border

The Bog Garden

The Tree Lupin Border (sometimes known as the Dahlia Border depending on how well the dahlias are doing in that specific year)

The Pond Border

The Wild Garden

The grassy knoll

The Four Sisters

The pond

The Formal Lawn

The Dancing Lawn

The Heather Spur

There is a row of hornbeams that are currently mid-pleach that create a divide across half of the garden.

The Burtonesque Curl moves its way into the Formal Lawn from the Pond Border creating a curved path between the Formal Lawn leading up to the Bermuda Triangle the other side of the Bramley Tree.

There is a rose arch with Souvenir de Dr Jarmin and a Mme Alfred Carriere roses climbing over it that separates the Coal Bunker Border and the Conservatory Border and makes a nice entrance from the conservatory onto the Formal Lawn.

The top left third of the garden is largely trees and shrubs and lots of wildflowers.  I tend to mow paths through this throughout the year, ending with an annual scything September/October time to keep it in check.  I am however considering a bit of a change in this area as it isn't quite right at the moment.

For progress in the garden check my End of Month Reviews.

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I really ought to draw a plan of the garden.......


  1. Thanks for telling us about your garden, it sounds as if you have packed a lot in. It's amazing what you can fit into even a relatively small area.A plan would be really helpful, I would love to see it!


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