My Garden

The whole plot covers about half an acre and is divided by the  house into four areas each with its own special challenges…..

Garden Plan

The East facing back garden is where most of the flowers grow.

View from upstairs window

View of back garden from upstairs window showing herbaceous border and mature hedge at bottom.


View of long border

View of long border in Summer

Next to the garage you can see our Japanese garden.

July 2014 - with Japanese lantern in place

July 2014

We also have a patio area and rockery sloping down from the house to this back garden.

Chamomile between rockery steps

Patio and rockery

At the other side of the house,the west facing front garden is sloping and in the shade of some magnificent large trees.  These are lovely, but at various times of the year cover the whole garden in leaf cases, beech nuts and shells , sycamore wings and in the Autumn a trillion leaves.  We have never managed to get much more than moss to grow here, but have recently had a new fence and I am trying to get some plants growing beside it.

front with house

A very dark corner of front garden

A very dark corner of front garden

The north side of the house is as expected very shady, but the house border is quite damp so ideal for more woodland plants. We have a very dry raised bed here also, but problems with conifer roots have prevented much success here.

Round the side in May

Round theNorth side in May

North side

Round the side in Autumn

To read more about my garden throughout the year please visit my archives.

22 thoughts on “My Garden

  1. Helloo fellow green-fingered person 🙂

    So I guess you have just become one of The Spikey’s, that small clan of folk known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures since the 70′s, as well as day to day happenings on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it. Of course, if you have any suggestions for me, I’d love to hear from you, serious.

    In return, I promise not to be overbearing with perhaps 2-3 posts a day tops. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again for your vote of confidence, and hope you have a great day…


    • Thanks Hollis. I do need to update my garden page. In fact I have so many plans for my blog but things are getting busy now outside that I fear it might be winter before they get done. You should find some more photos in my End of Month View blogs – though haven’t gathered these into a menu yet!

  2. We too have two huge and very lovely trees in the garden and I am currently busy with handling all those leaves and sweet chestnuts. I appreciate you showing your garden as it is and I a m sure I will find a lot of good advice on your blog.

  3. hello Annette I enjoyed this tour of your garden, bringing all the different parts together, I love the little Japanese garden, so calm looking, nice to sit on the bench looking towards it and contemplate things, your long border looks very long, very nice too, I know what you mean about a shady front garden, mine hasn’t got trees but it faces north, near the house moss grows best!! Frances

  4. Thanks for the comment on my site, I felt I should reciprocate and have a look at your blog, particularly since you love gardening! I shall have a browse around your site and pinch admire your ideas 🙂

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