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More round the back.


At the top of the garden there is a huge Monkey Puzzle tree. Between it and the fence was a bed with nothing in it except a hug, flat topped Pieris. It did not even have the grace to flower or have nice colourful new leaves. It had to come out.

Between the Monkey Puzzle and the Pieris bed was a small empty bed. I dug it over and added compost. We think it was used for bedding out plants.

You can see the size and shape of it very clearly

I began by cutting back the shrub to the main stem.

In fact it was not one shrub, but rather it had self layered and had lots of rooted stems.

Hard to see but there is a huge old flat topped stump in the other bed.

We decided that one big bed would be better than two small ones

Removing the turf.

This gives a good indication of the curved shape we created.

The ‘grass’ round the bed was not in the best of condition, but I can deal with that later.

Digging was complicated by the number of big roots from the stump. The soil was actually quite soft with years of Pieris leaves in it.

The stump is ver visible in this one. It was far too big to attempt to remove it.

We planted a few shrubs. There is a small Magnolia at the back and we positioned a prostrate Ceanothus to cover the stump. More plants will be added as we go along and acquire them.

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Such a lot of effort you've put in. It will be very different next year. I shall enjoy seeing the photos.

29 Sep, 2020


wow that is a super big bed you will have lots of enjoyment planning and planting it up. the shrubs chosen will be wonderful.

29 Sep, 2020


That big double bed will be so much better than the two singles, lots of opportunities for you to plant up. Just looked back to your blog 'Old Heather Bed', that Monkey Puzzle is a monster.

29 Sep, 2020

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