Plotting and planning

 

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Prompted by Cathy, at Rambling in the Garden (and Helen, at the Patient Gardener), I too have spent a happy hour with the felt tips, creating a plan of my plot.

My starting point was a Google Earth photo which I traced and updated with the changes we’ve made since moving in just over five years ago.  What’s surprised me is just how busy the plot is with structures – some inherited, like the office and decking, but others new like the garage, the chicken shed (currently empty of chickens) the greenhouse, and the pergola with swing.  I’m surprised I’ve got any space for plants!

Unlike Cathy and Helen, I haven’t marked many plants at all, but instead thought I’d go round the garden from top right, sharing some favourite photos of each of the beds from the past year.

So, to start with, the veg bedsIMG_3852

the swing beds,

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Grass bed (spring, summer and autumn),2013 05 009IMG_2727

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the left hand lavender bed,IMG_2738

the oak bed (spring and summer).  IMG_1302

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the melianthus major,IMG_2645

wisteria,IMG_3643

herb bed,IMG_2060 (2)

hosta bed,IMG_4622

raised cutting beds,IMG_4617

shady bed,IMG_4619

the greenhouseGreenhouse (2)

right hand med bed,IMG_3667

and the troughs.IMG_1406 (2)

So, if you’re still with me, what about the two areas shaded with red dots, described in the key as ‘Decisions’?  Well these are areas where I’m considering removing lawn to create new beds. The first, marked with hose below, looking towards the chicken shed, I was envisaging as a rose and peony bed.  I can’t see this bed from the house (due to the changes in height which I haven’t really conveyed on the plan), but it would be very obvious when looking west from the swing.  And swinging would seem more like a rose time activity than spring or autumn.

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The second potential bed, would be on the northern edge side of the smaller lawn.  As you can see from the oak bed photos above, the bed is good in the spring, but in the summer is less interesting, once the canopy of the over-the-road-oak is established.

The advantage of the envisaged new bed is that the oak’s shadow wouldn’t reach it and so I would have a new, sunny, south facing patch to play with.  If we eat outside, we sit under the verandah (see wisteria photo), and the new bed would be in full view of the table and allow for much more interesting summer planting than I currently achieve in the shady beds.IMG_3646

The planting I imagine here is coppery toned (as a break from all the pink in the rest of the garden), with plants like Bupleurum ‘Bronze Beauty,’ Calendula ‘Sunset buff’, Scabiosa atropurpurea `Fata Morgana’, ‘Hordeum jubatum’ and maybe a rose or two – ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ or ‘Summer Song’.

So any thoughts?  I don’t think funds will extend to both as the lawns are on very heavy clay and we’ll have to dig well down and replace with better quality soil to have any hope of success.

My preference is for the coppery bed.  The lawn here is poor anyway (in many ways I’d like the whole lawn up, but that’s another story) and it would be lovely when eating outside to have some blooms to admire, and maybe some scent too, but what do you think?

6 thoughts on “Plotting and planning

  1. Di'ane Blackwell

    I think the coppery bed would be excellent,but make sure you don’t loose the view into the distance which gives you a feeling of space and added interest!
    Happy Christmas to you and your family
    Dx

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  2. jenhumm116 Post author

    Hi Di’ane, thanks for this. Yes you make a good point about the view. I had wondered about some sweet peas here but think they would be too tall.
    Any other thoughts on plants, especially scented, to go with the coppery theme?
    And Happy Christmas to you and yours too x

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  3. Cathy

    I am so pleased to have empowered people in this way, triggering such a flurry of mapping activity, Jen 🙂 Good to see how your garden fits together – and to hear that someone else has an empty chicken shed (we will get more, sometime)! The decision on a new bed is of course yours, but I would have thought it would have more impact in the bigger lawn… (and you will get round to doing both at some time anyway, I guess)

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    1. jenhumm116 Post author

      Hi Cathy, sorry for tardy reply and yes you’re right about the bigger bed, bigger impact, but think my preference is for the other one- I really don’t like eating outside looking at dull shrubs when I know other parts of the garden are so flowery. It seems such a shame!
      You’re also right that I’m sure I’ll do both eventually though!

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