Updating a Cottage Garden;

I renovate my borders every 5 years.

Last Autumn I turned my attention to the Cottage Garden.

Preparation includes:Pruning shrubs, clearing out invasive plants and then adding manure.

In Spring topsoil  can helps to fill up areas that eroded.

Planting: Sometimes it may be necessary to draw up a new Planting Plan.

I have decided to increase the number of shrubs in my plot so that it has more interest the whole year round.

New varieties of popular species come onto the market.

Sedum, hellebores and ferns are good examples of this.

 It is a good idea to try new plants.

I have introduced Sanquisorba.

Bulbs are always useful.

I have increased the numbers of Cyclamen, snowdrops and alliums.

Now that the weather is improving I can stand back and view the results.

Gardening offers many hours of pleasure .

I think the neighbours will appreciate my efforts as well!

 

 

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Chelsea 2013:

The Chelsea flower Show 2013 is the 100th anniversary show.

The results are out.

NtU/Brackenhurst campus has been awarded gold.

Well done to the institution where I trained in Garden Design.

The Highlights are:

Favourite flowers;Aquilegia, Iris, Peony.

Favourite materials:Travertine, metal-new or old.

Structures/ features:Roof gardens, hedges(in all shapes and sizes)pergolas and ponds.

Even if you do not manage to go yourself, the TV coverage has been excellent.

Just what we need to help us get into the right frame of mind to get into our own gardens!