This is a picture you haven’t seen before.
It’s a long shot up the drive as it was on the day we moved in. Driving on to the property felt like going on a magical mystery tour, or entering a gloomy black hole, depending on your point of view.
Either way, both the surveyor and the thatcher insisted that the trees be removed. The house roof had been deteriorating more quickly than it should under the overhang of those branches. And you can see just how close the trees were.
In the current run of gales I’ve been extremely thankful that they are no longer there.
And the same view today.
Stark in winter, with few leaves on the trees, but lighter and more open without a doubt.
And gradually I can introduce more colour now, as a photo from this autumn shows.
Even on a dreary wet day.
The Cornus, Magnolia, Camellia, Enkianthus et al that we put back in will, I hope, grow to a more manageable height. A surviving oak to the left of the picture I’ve been trying to trim back. It may yet come out.
It’s been a funny old year.
A cold, late Spring followed by a glorious warm summer.
The perennials in the terraced borders responded beautifully at first..
Then just grew and grew, threatening to overwhelm the structure.
There wasn’t a lot of interest in the late summer colour scheme either.
And so over the year a bit of a strategy has emerged.
We wrestled with the relocation of some whopping great shrubs.
The Hydrangea was too heavy for even the two of us to lift. It arrived at its new home having been unceremoniously rolled down the slope. Too big for the ‘formal’ part of the garden but finding an ideal position on the newly exposed bank.
More of the large plants from the terraces will follow next Spring, giving me the chance to revamp that area too.
Sadly it wasn’t just the perennials that loved this summer’s warmth.
The weeds didn’t do too badly either.
Goodness knows how many years’ worth of dormant seeds erupted into life up on the bank.
And took several months to clear.
The lower bank, late summer
It’s a work in progress, but not a bad start.
If you will excuse me now, I must go and file my hooves.
Linking up with Helen at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog, where you will discover what other gardeners have been up to this December.