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 came with it, as that was the order of decision making.  The house is fairly ordinary, 1930s ex-local authority semi.  The garden was mainly 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.

There is in total 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 remains and in Spring it is bedecked with crocci, aconites and some snowdrops.  There is a large Magnolia tree that I am very fond of and a problem with brambles that  I am not fond of.

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 Exotic Border

The Pond Border

The Wild Garden

The grassy knoll

The Four Sisters

The pond

The Formal Lawn

The Dancing Lawn

There is a row of pleached hornbeams 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 the Wild Garden which 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.  

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.......