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The Garden

(Last edited on Saturday 23 May 2020)

There is only a minute strip of ground at the front of the house and there's about 120 square metres at the back, mostly behind the garage and to the side of the house. The subsoil is heavy clay, but plants are all in either one of three raised beds all in the back garden, or in a variety of containers filled with a mixture of soil, sand, vermiculite, water retaining granules and slow release fertiliser. The plants seem to thrive in it.

There is also a tiny yard reached through the outbuilding at the bottom of the garden. The yard contains a small greenhouse, four water butts, and assorted horticultural odds and ends.

Click on each picture to see see it full sized

The front

As it was. The trailer was ours; we were just starting to move stuff into the house.

As it is now

We have a collection of plants in pots and rotate them according to the season.

The back garden

As it was

When we moved in the garden was badly overgrown, as these pictures show.

Look carefully at the picture showing the ivy covered garage, and notice that half one of the doors was missing, partly replaced by ivy. Removing that ivy was very hard!

The reconstructed back garden

Snow doesn't often settle here. This is by far the most we've had since buying the house in 2014

At first we had the fountain playing into a fish pond, but first the water lily and then the fish died so we substituted the present arrangement. The stones are supported by wire mesh with a water reservoir beneath.

Notice in the background the replacement for the hideous outhouse that originally stood at the bottom of the garden.

The Camellia came from Leicester. It was easily moved because it has always grown in a pot because it needs ericaceous soil.

The cat's den is behind the stand of tall grasses behind the foxglove, which was self seeded.

I grow some edible stuff too.


Through membership of the Garden Organic, formerly the Henry Doubleday Research Association, I have access to seeds of vegetable varieties no longer available commercially, and I usually grow several such varieties of tomato; my favourites are Green Bell Pepper, Yellow Pixie and Whippersnapper. Each Autumn I collect seeds for the next year's crop.

I'm also a member of "The Royal Horticultural Society".

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