In the Garden












I’ve got a little behind with my blog posts. Not that I’m keeping to any kind of schedule, but I like to keep a record of the changing seasons in the garden and further afield.

So here are some photographs of the garden a few weeks ago, when most of the perennials were reaching the height of their growth. As you can see I don’t plan any formal arrangements, and a lot of the plants here are wildflowers. I don’t have loads of time to spend in the garden keeping it neat and tidy, though I could do with being more methodical. I do prefer the wild and slightly unkempt look of old English gardens.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Quite frequently a certain plant will get ideas into its head that it wants to take over the entire flowerbed – the purple deadnettle or forget-me-not are notorious for this here. I just pull up big sections and they all settle back and work together… for a while.

Having lived here for over twenty years, you get a feel for what grows well and what doesn’t in your soil and position. It’s important for a garden to be given time to settle into its own cycle. You never know what is waiting to emerge. So many of these plants have arrived from seeds blown on the wind, or dropped by birds. Some, like the poppies, only appear if you’ve turned the soil the previous year.

A lot of patience is required to allow a garden to reveal itself to you, rather than try to impose your own ideas on to it. In the beginning I bought a lot of plants from a garden centre which, while pretty and unusual, had the effect of upsetting the balance here. They didn’t look right, they took a lot of extra care and attention, and most of them failed to thrive.

I suppose it is more of a partnership – you work with the garden and it works with you. Though I don’t do a lot of planting now (I work with cuttings or reseed what is already here), it is best when I plant the native British species that suit this soil and micro-climate, or at least those that have been easily and readily naturalised (These orange and yellow Californian poppies seem to love it here. They are not invasive and easy to pull out if I wanted to – I don’t ๐Ÿ™‚ )ย This way, I am less likely to be disappointed in the long run, and the garden seems to evolve in a more healthy way… better for the plants, and better for the gardener!

9 thoughts on “In the Garden

  1. You have beautiful borders Kim! I too have had success with the Californian poppy. I sowed some seeds a couple of years back and they are maintenance free! I am going to plant some snakes head fritillary bulbs and snowdrops later. It will be interesting to see if they come up next year. I enjoyed seeing your garden photos. You can see mine at sybils if you want to take a look.

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    1. I love snakes head fritallary and planted a few bulbs in the spring. Fingers crossed they come up for us both ๐Ÿ™‚ I will take a look at your blog too, thanks Simone. x


  2. Your garden is beautiful, Kim. I love poppies and tried to grow some from seed this year but I think I must have not watered them enough because they never progressed beyond shoots. I’ll try again next year, it would be so nice to have them like yours.

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  3. i love the wildly beautiful aesthetic of your garden! it’s precisely what i aim for myself.

    the wretched drought of this summer has reinforced my theory that native it always best….the native species i’ve planted/encouraged are all doing beautifully, despite having had so little rain.

    i’ve begun to think of my gardening ventures as ‘co-operative management’, rather than trying to impose my own notions….i’ve tried that and it never works out very well!

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    1. It makes sense doesn’t it! I wonder why we’re always thinking we can improve on everything? ‘co-operative management’ – that sounds good to me ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. we tried to have a vegetable garden of sorts and it failed because neither of us want to tend a vegetable garden! however, we have oodles of cherry tomatoes, many of those plants are volunteers. Oh well. Your garden is lovely and so green, we are on the dry side these days from another heat wave.

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    1. It takes a fair investment of time to grow vegetables I have to admit. I have settled on growing just a handful of varieties which I know suit the soil and the climate. They are varieties we like to eat and are not the cheapest to buy. It’s finding what works for you, I guess. Thanks Karen ๐Ÿ™‚


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