These borders were created by us from scratch. It took us nearly two years to cultivate and fill this enormous space, which when we purchased the house was covered in weeds, tree stumps, an old fence and an enormous rhododendron which we relocated to another part of the garden. It rewarded us by growing vigorously for a year after moving then suddenly and mysteriously dying. Such is gardening! It was pink, a colour Alan hates, so he is the chief suspect!
The border on the right runs for over sixty feet and is eight feet deep in parts; this photo was taken about two thirds of the way along the borders. The pillars we made from sawn timber corner posts (2"x2") and roofing lathes, and give the border some nice structure. The azalea in the foreground survives from the previous garden and has a most delicious scent.
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Photographs © Mark Collins 2006
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