Our first spring at our new home was spent clearing, pruning, moving plants and cutting flower borders. Here, with the guide strings still in position, is the Long Border (on the left) and the (unplanted) Blue Border on the right. At the far end you can see the remains of a parterre (which we dismantled, re-using the box hedging elsewhere in the garden) stacked with the sawn logs from a dangerous Beech tree which unfortunately we had to have felled.
The masses of self sown primroses came to our rescue and gave us a little spring colour having been gathered together in the Long Border very early in the year.
At the far end (on the right of the path) is an Elaeagnus pungens maculata, a lovely variegated shrub we kept from the previous garden. We give it a good cutting back each year to keep the size of the bush under control; however it makes a fine backdrop to our yellow border.
For a comparison with the same view before we altered the garden, click here.
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