We moved to Glebe House in September 1994. When people come around our garden they often ask us what the garden was like when we moved in. Actually some of the garden features were there then but over time they have all evolved and in some areas a small paddock has been incorporated into the garden. The other day I noticed that the wall across the lawn was looking particularly good.This wall divides the main lawn and follows the contours of the ground resulting in the lawn being at two levels and although it does not align with other garden features it takes the eye into the garden towards the views beyond.This photo was actually taken in June 1995. As you can see the wall was in place then but was not really made a feature of the garden.We always felt the wall needed a good “full stop” at the end. As you can see above we have created a small round bed at the end with a Rosa Bonica providing the “stop”. You can also see that the wall is actually higher than the original wall. In the old photo the lawn edge actually sloped down to the top of the wall.Another photo from June 1995. The steps up had been built and these have not been changed apart from the flower beds around them and the lawn in the foreground is now paved with sandstone The very large tree, back right, is an old walnut. We were very disappointed when it died and had to be removed about ten years ago.The steps today with the sand stone paving.As well as raising the height of the wall we have created a flower bed along the top of the wall. This is about one metre wide and at this time of year it really comes into its own.
In any dry stone wall then Aubrieta is an essential plant.
The rock rose, Helianthemum ‘The Bride’ has been looking great although just one day after these photos were taken there were no flowers on it. That was probably due to the heat which has unusually been at 28c for the last few days!
This is probably my favourite geranium, Geranium cenereum subcaulescens. It is a very dark cerise colour which really shines out from the green leaves. It is planted singularly along the wall but also on mass under Rosa Bonica at the end of the wall.Another geranium at the end of the wall is Geramium sanguineum ‘Shepherd’s Warning’. This was planted about eight years ago and although it looks quite healthy has not spread unlike some of the other sanguineums that can be very invasive.
This plant was taken from a cutting in a friend’s garden. It is definitely a “noname” plant at the moment.Viola cornuta ‘Alba’ must have arrived from else where in the garden but it is working well here.Rosmarinus officinalis forms a small bushy shrub and provides Rosemary for cooking.
Geramium sanguineum striatum is a lovely geramium and here it is on either side of the steps.Geranium cinereum ‘Ballerina’ another small geranium.Another rock rose, Helianthemum ‘Ben Fhada’Along the wall from the steps.Looking the other way along the wall. Over the next few days we will be planting Mesembryanthemum ‘Magic Carpet’ which have been started in the greenhouse and will provided interest throughout the summer.
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