When a plant dies, it makes a planting opportunity or that is what I tell myself! I’ve been thinking for some time what to plant in the area we now have which was occupied by a Cotoneaster shrub.
I could see, now that there are no leaves left, that the shrub is choked by weeds. I can see brambles and ivy plus a lot more that will all have to come out.
The space is quite large between the variegated laurel on the right to the hydrangea on the left. Pacing it out I think it is about 15ft wide by 7 or 8 ft deep.
This part of the garden is in front of the ditch which separates the garden from the woodland. At the top, centre of this photo is a horse chestnut tree which is on the other side of the ditch in the woodland. I think a couple of branches must be removed so that more light will get through to the new planting.
It was quite easy to cut the shrub down but it means that a bit of muscle will be needed to get the trunk plus roots out. I can cope with the bramble and ivy and anything else that has been growing through the Cotoneaster, but the Undergardener is still weak from his radio therapy, so I will get someone in to do the hard labour.
I also found a small shrub, which is a yew seedling, that has been happily growing behind the cotoneaster. This gave me the idea to transfer lots of other yew seedlings, which we have sprouting up round the garden, to make a yew hedge, to protect what is going to be planted in my new space, once the roots are out and the soil has been improved with lots of compost and leaf mould. It will also make us private once more from the old school house next door which is now a dwelling, which you can see in the previous photo.
The other border that I would like to change is the one that runs down past the greenhouse towards the field next door. The greenhouse is on the back wall of the garage and is hidden in this photo. I quite like my garage but I would like to change the doors to ones similar to a pair of garage doors in Aurora that I seen while visiting. Trees and shrubs have grown rather large over the years and I think an overhaul is long overdue as the greenhouse is rather shaded now.
I will certainly keep my Miscanthus Silberfeder, but the Hypericum to the right can go as I’m always having to cut it back. To the left of the Miscanthus is a dark leaved Sambucus, nowhere near as good as S. Black Lace which is up by the pond, so this one can go. Beyond that is a blue conifer which is now far too tall, so is in for the chop. The birds have also given me a Cotoneaster horizontalis somewhere in the middle and that will be coming out too. This area will probably take us quite a few months next year, so please don’t expect an instant makeover!
I have ideas for how both these areas are going to be planted, but for the moment they are just ideas whizzing round my head, once I get pen and paper out and commit myself to sowing seed, taking cuttings and buying new plants, I will share the finished plan with you all. I like changes in the garden, it gives the old brain something to think about during the winter months. I can’t see us changing the layout of the garden, I like the different areas that we have, but borders eventually need redoing, don’t you think, as they become tired and need sorting to make them interesting once more.