The secret garden

I’m not very good at posting wider vistas of the garden, I always seem to get lost in the detail and the next plant discovery.  These photos are from what we call “the main garden” which is the semi-formal-but-quite-wild-quasi-woodland area.  It is shady, cool and sheltered from the wind.  Visitors tend to call it “the secret garden”.  This area was very overgrown when we first moved in – we had no idea that the gravel paths even existed.  We’ve been through twice now with loppers and saws in hand, hardening our hearts as we pruned pruned pruned to let light and air in.  Our reward has been things flowering this year that didn’t last – the delicate iris, an amazing peony, stunning hellebore.  I’ve got lots more to share from this wonderful part of the garden – my favourite is the weeping scotch elm – in the meantime I hope these photos give you a sense of what it’s like in this little bit of paradise.

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  1. All you need is a little watercourse meandering through (or maybe a looped soundtrack of tinkering water)

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    • Or I could just issue iPods with nature sounds on them 😛

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  2. Some well raked paths there! 🙂

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    • I wonder who did that! Everything is looking so good, just needs some seats so you can sit and admire.

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      • Carting the plastic chairs out just doesn’t cut it.

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    • Must have been a master raker that should take over raking the paths all the time! 😛

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  3. Love the peonies, so jealous ☺

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