Gardening for tranquility and colour

Gardening for tranquility and colour

Tranquility and colourI had begun to create a page here to show our developing sensory garden. It didn’t go well. Neither my keeping up to day writing about it, or the actual planting and development of that area of our garden and so I pulled the page to have a rethink.

A sensory garden remains of utmost importance to us, as it allows our son to smell, feel and even taste the plants in his reach, but I need to go back to the drawing board.

The beauty is, that now we are in August, we can look at reshaping, planting anew and moving plants around the garden to create a little something special to spend time in. A recent challenge through Flickr was to post pictures of 100 flowers in 2017. I though to myself that I would aim to photograph 100 different flowers from our own garden … and hope we had enough to complete this challenge. Admittedly, I had taken a photograph of different ‘rose’ varieties, but earlier this month, I had pictured 100 different flowers within the garden, and another 30 beyond that. I am also delighted that we have had colour and something in flower all year round and even some that had not flowered in several years, had, this year, given us blooms too.

Now I think the challenge starts. Grouping of plants, increasing stock, colour coded areas, pathways, fences and easy access are all keenly planned for the next few months and so hopefully, by January we can sit back and enjoy the spectacle that ‘should’ open before us.

Some very good friends I met through Flickr, have helped me identify various plants I had without names and also suggestions with regard to design and planting.

With further inspiration from National Trust gardens and others, books and even TV programmes giving examples and ‘how to’ guides, my wellies are on, my spade in hand, my son watching every step I take with critical support … or otherwise and I’m setting in for around 12 weeks of …. creation.

First job is to mask an unsightly wooden panel fence that has become overgrown with neighbouring laurel bushes and trees, so much so that to replace it would be too big a job and too damaging to existing plants. Instead I have already put on fittings to the concrete posts and wire guidelines. A new plastic coated wire fence will be put up next along the full length and variegated privet (planted earlier this year) secured to it to create a new living hedge barrier so when the panels eventually rot away, a mature hedge will be in its place. Ideal for wildlife and birds too.

In front of the privet, is a row of Holly. Not the fastest growing but now 3 years old and looking good, pruning and shaping is all that is needed with a few plants being moved to better areas from along this Holly hedge. I then have a path to lay and a perennial border to create and plant …. but then, that’s for another post 🙂

There will be several areas that will be designed to our sons likes and so he can photograph it being created and with the flowers growing and blooming throughout the year.

6 thoughts on “Gardening for tranquility and colour

    1. haha! The joys of early retirement Helen, I now have time to get stuck in to projects like this and it does offer interest and ability to get involved for Marc too – though he does tend to say ‘do this, do that’ a lot 🙂 Thank you so much as always

  1. Happy gardening, Paul!
    I enjoy seeing your garden through your images and am glad that Marc is there to keep you on the straight and narrow!

    1. haha! Marc gives instruction and Lady Bronte digs the holes David, fun times every day 🙂 I will be capturing the pictures again and writing up both here and Flickr. Thank you so much as always 🙂

  2. You are an inspiration Paul, I really enjoyed your 100 Flowers project & can’t wait to see how your garden continues to take shape over the coming months 🙂

    Best wishes as always you Marc, Mrs F & yourself

    Julie xx

    1. Your very kind Julie, thank you so much. My inspiration comes from yourself and others and the wide range of flowers and wonderful gardens you all have. 🙂

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