Over the subsequent few weeks I will probably be including to my common #SixOnSaturday posts with Sunday spots for fellow gardeners.
Our go to at the moment takes us to Somerset and Ann’s backyard.
Please inform us the place on the earth you reside and the way lengthy you’ve had your present backyard.
I reside in Nailsea, North Somerset and have lived with the backyard for 38 years. For a few years it was a household backyard however as the youngsters bought older I began to reclaim areas. It’s not a big backyard however it’s an attention-grabbing form as we reside in a nook home.
What’s the important soil sort and what advantages or challenges this and the local weather trigger.
I backyard on an alkaline soil that’s stuffed with clay. A variety of vegetation may be grown right here however you received’t see many nicely grown Rhododendrons and Azaleas rising within the floor and Hydrangeas are typically pink or purple. Gardening has at all times been a little bit of a problem in the summertime as durations of dry climate trigger the soil to crack open however the extra excessive climate of latest years is inflicting extra issues. Elements of the backyard have been water-logged in latest winters (one thing that’s by no means occurred earlier than) and the lengthy durations of drought are undoubtedly difficult.
Have you ever made any main adjustments to your backyard or have you ever any new plans for adjustments?
The backyard is unrecognisable from after we moved right here all these years in the past. There have been a couple of shrubs, a straight path via the centre and the bigger half that’s truly to the facet and entrance of the home was unused. The completely different areas have been related by arches and gravel paths with just about in all places else now planted up. Though I’m the gardener I’ve assist from the N-G (Non-Gardener) who builds good arches, cabinets, ladders, planters and many others. There are at all times adjustments within the pipeline and an Amelanchier that I planted over 30 years in the past is ailing so the mission for this autumn/winter is to take it down (the N-Gs division) and replant the border.
Do you’ve a selected backyard type that you just attempt to hold to? ie natural, cottage backyard, rose backyard, conventional for the local weather and many others.
I’ve gardened organically for a really very long time and goal to draw as a lot wildlife as potential. I really like rising all types of vegetation however have a ardour for many issues herbaceous. I wish to backyard all 12 months spherical so different plant teams are wanted to fill the hole. I attempt to develop for the circumstances however generally, if you happen to actually need a plant…..
Inform us about a few of your favorite vegetation and why you want them.
I’m drawn to giant vegetation (tough in a small backyard), vegetation with giant leaves and now have a love of color. I wish to really feel surrounded by vegetation, even when indoors. My extravagance – pots of richly colored Tulips for spring color and I develop Dahlias for summer season/autumn color. Many types of grass add motion, there are loads of open, daisy sort flowers and on the reverse finish of the dimensions I’ve a factor for succulents.
I imagine that you’ve got a fern wall, are you able to inform us extra about that mission?
I’d struggled to develop something on some north dealing with fence panels behind a Birch (Betula utilis ‘Snow Queen’) and throughout the first lockdown bought very fed up wanting on the naked panels. Taking inspiration from on-line concepts the N-G constructed some free standing cabinets from timber he’d gathered (these items at all times are available helpful in the future!) and, over time, I’ve stuffed them with forms of ferns. Dryopteris, Polystichum and Asplenium work nicely, Athyrium are difficult however price it for the colorful leaves. Extra ‘unique’ ferns don’t just like the winter in a pot.
For extra gardening posts from Ann observe her weblog The Quilting Gardener.
Please be part of me in thanking Ann for taking the time to reply my questions at the moment and sharing her beautiful backyard with us.
Meet up with earlier posts on this sequence beneath:
Fred and his backyard in Normandy, France right here.
Sarah and her Australian backyard right here.
Páraig and his Irish backyard right here.
Selwa and her Belgium backyard right here.
Amelia and her backyard in Florida right here.
Kate and her backyard in Finland right here.
TopDock and his backyard in Alabama right here.
Arwen and her backyard in Wales right here.
Catherine and her Nottingham backyard right here.
Jude and her backyard in Cornwall right here.
Graeme and his backyard in Somerset right here.
Gill and her backyard in Welsh right here.
Jim in his Cornish backyard right here.
Dana and her Irish backyard right here.
Noelle and her backyard in Somerset right here.
Angela and her backyard in Finland right here.