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I call this patch the 'Circle'.

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By Nickya


I call this patch the 'Circle'.

The 'Circle' is midway down our garden and is about 17 ft square in size. The soil is sandy loam and is prone to drying out in hot summers even with bucket loads of diligently-added organic matter. By August this year, after a hot spring and summer, this part of the garden looked exhausted, so I'm starting from scratch and have spent the last two months digging in loads more organic matter to improve the soil structure and have this time, chosen drought-tolerant plants. I found Beth Chatto's website a great help and ordered the majority of plants from the great lady herself. Updates to follow!



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5 Dec, 2011

 

Thanks Gnarly gnorr, it's a been a while since I put some pics up so I'm seizing the moment :) In answer to your other question - the Hemerocallis is a 'Stafford'.

5 Dec, 2011

 

Just thinking you hadn't been on for a long time Nickya, your gardens certainly come on, really beautiful :-)

5 Dec, 2011

 

Good to hear from you Simbad! Glad to see you've been more conscientious than me :)

5 Dec, 2011

 

You have a beautiful garden Nickya! :))

6 Dec, 2011

 

Thanks very much Michaella :) Wow, I've just had a look at your garden. Amazing! You never stop! Have you had any more thoughts on your project "Keyhole" now the grass has gone? I'm half way through a project on my own garden. I call it Project 'Circle'. You've inspired me. Think I'll do what you've done and create a blog on its progress. Watch this space! :) BTW Happy New Year!

1 Jan, 2012

 

This looks fab Nickya, I wouldn`t mind walking round in circles in this area the planting looks very healthy and lush, how you intend to improve it will be interesting to see.

2 Jan, 2012

 

Hi Nickya, sorry I missed this message yesterday. Happy New Year to you! About the "Keyhole" garden, I have decided to fill the soil area using bricks.. any gaps left will be filled with rockery plants which will then soften the edge of the circle. If the weather keeps up the way it is at the moment, I hope to start gardening from Wednesday. I look forward to seeing your project :))))

2 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks Michaella. Apart from today's strong winds, the weather has been so mild. I've managed to keep going in the garden this holiday. Can't stop planting Alliums and Tulips :)

3 Jan, 2012

 

And thanks very much Stroller! Let's see if the huge doses of organic matter and bark mulch (to add in Spring) stop my new planting from drying out this Summer. By the way, I see that you have a marvelous Melianthus Major (did I see two?) I've had mine for two years now. Should reach 5ft this year. Lost two previously but learnt my lesson and have fleeced my latest one to bits. Seems to be doing the job - only thing is this year the straw mulch at the base has set seed due to the mild conditions. I keep having to dig up the seedlings! Nicky.

3 Jan, 2012



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