Wednesday, 2 June 2021
I want to share with you some
of the challenges I have faced in
creating my garden.
One, it is in a valley
and two, how to garden on
Choosing the right plants for
the soil conditions
and being aware that the
ground is not level.
I wanted to share some of the things
in my garden I have had to contend
with over the years I have lived here.
I have a north facing garden (which
had I realised at the time), I would not
have taken it on.
Also it is very steep which makes for
a challenging way of gardening.
As this is the case, a lot of plants
are in pots and containers
which makes it supposedly
easier to manage.
So when you take on a new
garden project think about the
aspect (i.e. the direction it faces).
Is it south facing etc?
Where does the sun shine
in your garden?
Where do you want to sit?
In the sun or in the shade?
Where with your plants
As it is north facing,
there is less sun
and there are areas where it gets
cold and can trap frost, (like here behind
this wall below).
As it is cooler and in the
shade the daffodils opened
in the middle of May.
I just wanted to share this with you
so you don't make the same mistake
when starting your new planting scheme.
At the very top of the steepest part
of the garden
there is a boundary fence
so the plants that I chose were
suitable for a north facing
That means they would not get
much sunshine there
so it would be quite shady.
This plant here is a yellow
winter flowering jasmine.
but it is hard to access it.
So the lesson is best not to plant
things that you can't easily access.
Also it is somewhat confused as it
is flowering in June not later in the year.