When starting the garden here, many, many years ago, I felt that whichever part we were doing had to look right from inside the house as well as from outside. So many times, I would mark things out, usually with a hosepipe, then rush back inside to see if it looked ok, if not, then back outside, move the markers a bit and try again. Eventually when I was satisfied with the shapes I had marked out, grass could be cut back, (everywhere was just grass to start with, except for a few shrubs) soil improved and planting started.
We’ll start with a view from the landing window, the shape of the border had been decided by the previous people and filled with shrubs. This is how it stayed for a good number of years until I decided to make the front half into the Bee and Butterfly border and the back half where we have the silver birches and red stemmed Cornus in the winter., something of interest for 12 months of the year.
From the kitchen window there is the rose garden between the house and garage, in the centre is where I put the carving of the gardening books and the Little Owl, but at the moment it is still safely in the garage, keeping away from rain and frost (what frost, we are still waiting for our first proper frost!) for another month. We usually only see the box balls in the winter, in the summer there are so many roses billowing over them, we can hardly see them.
The main part of the garden is at the side, there should have been another house on the site but the builder wasn’t given planning permission, that’s how we ended up with a larger than average garden. This is the view from one of the dining room windows. All the plants on the table are what I have been growing to be planted in the woodland. If you go up the steps and forward a few feet, the grass turns into a circle with the bog garden on the right, straight ahead is the new pond that we dug and to the left, the pergola which leads to the fruit and veg.
Further round we come to the other window in the dining room which faces the back garden. The circular raised bed was the pond that the previous people made and we turned it into an alpine scree when we dug the other pond. This is the only area in the garden that has fantastic drainage as I mixed the soil myself, adding more and more grit as I came towards the surface.
Another view from the side window in the conservatory looking at the scree again. Apologies for all the reflections!
The view looking straight at the woodland at the back of the house, with the archway leading to the bridge over the ditch. The woodland is a narrow strip running alongside the road through the village. When the houses were built, the builder wanted all the trees to come down to make way for driveways for 4 houses, thank goodness the village protested and a Tree Preservation Order was put on all the trees, hence the houses had to be built back to front with an access road for us running alongside the field next door. When all the leaves are on the trees, we can’t see the houses over the road and feel quite private.
I’m happy with how the garden has turned out and don’t feel the need to change the shape of any of the borders or any of the hard landscaping done by the under gardener and for that he is very thankful! The planting though is another matter, after about 10 years the planting in each border needs revitalising and the soil needs nourishing, so one by one the borders are being re-done, so that nothing jars when I look at the garden from inside the house.
How did you plan your garden?