Thursday, 20 April 2017

In the garden

At the weekend this was how our garden looked.

It needs a lot of work this year as it got very neglected last year with one thing and another.  The fence has been replaced - the one that we own, the other two owned by two other people are not in too bad a condition thankfully, so our boundaries are all secure now that we have replaced our fence!

Quite a few things have died or disappeared in one way or another so we are taking the opportunity to downsize things a bit.  We have found that we no longer feel the need to keep ourselves occupied and that it is alright to just sit and be.  I am reducing my crafting and the stuff that we have in the house and we are trying to make the garden lower maintenance as well.  I don't mean by covering it concrete or anything, just by taking a few things out here and there and making a slightly larger lawn that we can mow instead of having to weed flower borders. We have a large - by UK standards for the average house - garden so there is still plenty of room for plants and wildlife, but just a bit less work for us.  After all there is no point having a garden stuffed with plants that you cannot care for and having to spend all of your time chasing after and never have a moment for anything else is there.  It is all about balance!

So where things have died we have cleared the space and will be doing some more of this, taking plants out and putting them in other gaps.  As I said already, making the lawn just a little bigger.  We will also not be having lots of pots of things.  They take a lot of time and watering - which isn't always the best for the environment is it to be watering the garden endlessly - and don't always do well, so it isn't the best use of our money either.  I think that things in the border will do better than in pots so I would rather concentrate on them.  We will still have a few pots, just not lots of them.

I am also going to clear out the raised beds a bit and replant them with some new herbs - most of the ones there apart from the rosemary which I will try and keep are dead or dying.  The rhubarb will also stay.  Then everything will get a good mulch of chipped bark to try and keep the weeds down

What I need is to reduce the work element where I can.  To keep a garden will always be work and I am glad to do it, but I no longer have the impetus to be doing loads all of the time.  I just need a break!  And after all, just because we grass something over this year doesn't mean we can't take the grass up and plant things there next year does it!

Anyway, after that little ramble, here are some photos, no words, I am sure you can figure out most things for yourselves.




































Do let me know how your garden is doing!

Oh, and we bought some new windchimes.  I have been tinkling with them in various garden centres for about 3 years now so and so I gave in and bought them.  I love them and they are so relaxing to listen to while you are in the garden sitting with a cuppa.  Also, don't worry, we will still be doing lots in the garden and I will still share with, just less weeding and watering I hope!

Amy

39 comments:

  1. It's looking lovely out there despite you not doing so much with it last year. Gardens are very forgiving! And I agree, it's good to find some lower maintenance things so that you can spend some time enjoying it as well. Strawberries are great for raised beds and really low maintenance, if you find you have a spare corner. I love the bluebells in the grass, so pretty. And that clematis is gorgeous. Something I've never managed to grow, I don't have the right spot for one at the moment. It looks like you have a couple of brilliant mature trees which always add beautifully to a garden. I hope you have a good gardening year and that you're able to spend some time relaxing in it too. CJ xx

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  2. It's looking lovely. Please can you tell me the name of the plant in photos 7 & 8 (counting from the top down)?

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  3. Your garden looks lovely, it really does. I can understand the plan to reduce the workload (I think a garden is a continual work in progress) and hope this summer you do get to spend more time simply enjoying and taking pleasure in it.

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  4. My mum always swears by putting down membrane and then mulch to keep gardens low maintenance. Your plants are looking lovely, especially your clematis. I've spotted one in our local garden centre that I'd like, lemony white flowers and a lovely scent. Just need to persuade DH ;-)

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  5. Your garden is looking lovely, really pretty and colourful. I understand what you mean about reducing the workable spaces in the borders, another lady I know is wanting to do the same. Enjoy your garden x

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  6. You really do have a lovely garden Amy, and reorganising it to make less work sounds a smart move. We should do the same! No idea what most of your blooms are, but absolutely love that pale pink with yellow centres, and the shrub covered in sprays of tiny white blossom. Beautiful!

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  7. Your gardens look so nice! I see a lot of familiar faces there that are also in my gardens :) Right now I have maybe two flowers blooming in mine. Our bleeding heart stems are only just peeking out of the ground, and there is no green on the clematis at all yet. Your spring is so far ahead of ours. I've been feeling overwhelmed with the work in the gardens as well this past couple of years, and it's showing neglect. I've been planning on simplifying things out there as well and just having big groupings of things that do well. Otherwise I have little bits of this and that that only struggle and it doesn't look so nice then. Good luck with your cutting back on the work too! Enjoy your weekend ahead :)
    Wendy

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  8. I always think your garden looks beautiful Amy but I can understand your desire to keep it low maintenance. I think we will be planting some Clematis this year. Yours looks lovely. X

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  9. Smart, Amy. The frenzied to do lists take away some of the therapeutic aspects of gardening. Your garden looks loved and wisely crafted. I think buying wind chimes is a symbolic endeavor. I hope you enjoy many cuppas out in your lovely patch.

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  10. Your garden looks so beautiful Amy. I love the tulips. Spring is such a beautiful time of year. Take care.
    Julie

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  11. Oh my just beautiful. We share a love of the same types of flowers. Love bleeding hearts. Everything looks so pretty.

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  12. Hi Amy...
    Looks pretty darn nice to me!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  13. Your garden is beautiful. I live in the woods where the deer want to eat almost everything - I'm envious of your lovely plants and flowers.

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  14. Your garden is a source of envy for me!!! Mine is still just barely coming up. Our Spring is so much later than yours. But it so nice see all of those blooms and the lush green. I really enjoyed this post.
    Have a great day Amy!
    Andrea

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  15. What a beautiful garden, love the little birds/ducks. I like wind chimes, mine has been broken for a couple of years and Mac put it back together this week, it has a deep sound that I love.

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  16. So so pretty! You have such a beautiful garden Amy. ;) I don't blame you one bit for wanting to make it a bit more maintenance-free. I can't wait until we get to this point over here in the northwoods. No bleeding hearts or things up for me yet. Probably another month before it will be looking like that - it feels like it takes forever for Spring to show up here! Lol

    Blessings Dearest. xoxo

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  17. Oh wow that white broom is like a big firework. Such great photos Amy. Unfortunately the pup is flattening my garden at an alarming rate at the moment. He ate the flower off every tulip! Oh well there is always next year! Jo x

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  18. Hi Amy, You DO have a large garden, and it's just lovely! I recognize most of the flowers, I think. ;) Love the clematis vine -- those are one of my favorites. Your tulips and daffodils are gorgeous, and I do LOVE the bleeding hearts. They look so dainty, don't they? The purple-y leaves look like coral bells(?) That's what we call them over here, and I think I see some bluebells and some columbine perhaps. I don't recognize the shrub covered with white flowers, but it's beautiful!

    I understand your need to cut back on the weeding and watering in your garden; they are extremely time-consuming, and I do think gardens are meant to be enjoyed at least part of the time. Do you bake rhubarb pies with your rhubarb?

    Thanks for sharing, Amy, and I hope you have a great weekend!!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  19. Your garden always looks so neat and tidy Amy, mine is always a complete mess, I used to be a very keen gardener but now it's just too much work so like you I'm trying to make it more low maintenance. At this time of the year I really don't know where to start in the garden there's so much to do. :) x

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  20. My garden is just up...I only took the winter leaves off in the past few days. I think I am right where you are in your thinking. I will not be planting a lot and I may begin downsizing the garden. I felt great energy a decade ago that I no longer feel today.

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    1. By the way, that pale pink clematis is a corker!

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  21. Everything is looking good. Love your white bush, so pretty. Even with more grass your garden will look good and be a wildlife haven. B x

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  22. What a lovely space and great collection of plants. It all looks beautiful. Relax and enjoy your garden Amy. Wildlife enjoy a few 'wild' areas, at least that is what I tell myself about the few 'wild' areas in my garden.

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  23. Your garden looks lovely. I don't enjoy gardening much but do enjoy sitting in the garden. Ours is very low maintenance and I like it that way. I am envious of your big trees! x

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  24. You have such a lovely garden.. I really want to visit you garden.. your garden is such a beautiful place, that I would like to spend a whole entire day just by sitting there.. Hug..

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  25. Your garden is has lots of great color. It is a lovely space. I call our spaces outside a yard with planters, not a garden. Right now the apple blossoms are blooming and the bleeding hearts and the lilac bush is trying to bloom. I'll have to do a post about what is blooming soon.

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  26. What a lot of interest you have in our garden, Amy. Lovely to see everything growing again after the winter, isn't it? We lose plants, too. Often there is absolutely no trace that they were there, such as our dahlias that never grew and just disappeared! We are going to grow them in pots in the future in case that helps! Just bought a photina (is that the correct spelling) otherwise known as a red robin shrub - they are all over the place in Devon, but they are so cheerful and an evergreen although they turn a lovely jolly red, hence their name. Also a beautiful exochorda for the gorgeous white blossom, and also a very expensive acer palmatum for even more interest. Ours is a tiny garden but we love it all the same. Your garden is lovely, Amy, do let us visit it again before too long.
    Margaret P
    www.margaretpowling.com

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  27. Hi Amy just catching up now that we have the internet once again. Your garden is looking wonderful despite you saying that it has been neglected. Such a beautiful array of colour.

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  28. Your garden is just so beautiful! It does look like a lot of work. It sounds like a fabulous space that you should be relaxing in and using rather than having to put in a lot of work. It's almost time to get ready to plant some things here, just not sure what yet. Hubby did get a bunch of stuff taken care of in the garden. There were a lot of construction materials behind the garage. We got a skip and filled it up (well he did the work lol)so it's a lot tidier back there now. I'm looking forward to being able to sit in my garden and hopefully enjoy the peace and quiet.

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  29. Your garden is a beautiful thing, Amy, giving you lots of colour just now. That pink clematis is stunning and lush with flowers. Easing the gardening work load is a good thing - and you'll have more time to sit and enjoy it! Happy weekend.

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  30. What a beautiful garden you have! Love your tulips and bleeding hearts!

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  31. Borders take a lot of work and I agree with you about having a garden that works for you. It looks beautiful in your pictures xx

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  32. Your garden is looking lovely Amy & very spring-like, but then of course, it is Spring in the north. We are experiencing April showers at the moment, but we need it desperately here in southern Oz, as it has been a dry year so far. Enjoy & take care.

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  33. Oh your garden is so pretty! We are way behind you here in my part of the country. Our Crocuses have finished blooming and our Daffodils are now in their full glory as are the weeds. ;)

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  34. I was amazed at all the plants and flowers you do still have! No wonder you've decided to downsize that yard a little. I'm cheering for you in your slowing down a little and taking time to admire your beautiful yard yourself.

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  35. Oh my, I can't believe your clematis is already in full bloom. Our spring is very late yet again - only just starting to bud - and I am so envious of all this greenery.

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  36. You do have a lovely garden! I love the colours on that shrub(?) that's looking all autumnal with the yellow/orange leaves!

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  37. I love your garden, but it is all about finding the right balance between being able to enjoy it and the amount of work that's needed. We have a clematis like yours, always a joy to see when it blossoms.
    Lisa x

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