There is so much to do in the garden as I prepare for my first NGS opening. The speed at which everything is growing is frankly, phenomenal.
As I battle with weeds and couch grass on a border with dense clay I wonder about which plants will survive there and perhaps thrive as I have lost several in this border. ‘Right plant, right place’ needed Dorris.
These often quoted, wise words, were said to have been uttered by Beth Chatto OBE VMH to share and perhaps explain the wonderful success of her garden near Colchester, Essex. I was sorry to read that she has died and for those who wonder who she was, or would like to know about her amazing achievements, there is an obituary on The Beth Chatto blog.
An inspirational gardener and woman. I am sure I should have enjoyed meeting her.
Enjoy your evening.
Today I am sharing my Tuesday view but it is not actually mine. Going against the spirit of the meme Cathy hosts, I hope I will be forgiven, this is my view today.
A long narrow garden with brick and pebble paths there is no grass to maintain. Instead the whole garden is packed with plants. There are half a dozen trees, including a couple of mature apples, a beech and an ornamental weeping pear.
There are rambler roses and honeysuckle clambering around. These predate the new planting of white foxgloves, poppies, evening primrose, perennial sweet pea and knautia macedonia. Valerian, fennel, alliums and geraniums to name just a few.
There are lots of grasses including Stipa gigantea, stipa tenuissima and stipa arundica. Through the planting there is a stepping path of sleepers set in the ground to enable easier access for maintenance and for complete immersion through the plants. Low growing thyme and vinca minor have been planted around the timbers.
It is a delightful sight especially as I do not have to work on it, I can just enjoy its prettiness. Further down the garden there are a number of ramshackle buildings including a summer house, log store, studio and shed. Yes this garden has not one but five buildings. In the first photo you can see the exterior of the brick built studio. This is the approach to the summerhouse.
How sweet is this.
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