Read­ers’ gar­dens

Garden News (UK) - - Contents - Chris­tine High

A Nor­folk gar­den, with shady bor­ders, wildlife ar­eas and a large herba­ceous bed.

What a year the gar­den has had! The weather was a real trial and, at times, made us won­der just how well it would sur­vive! But each time na­ture re­dressed the sit­u­a­tion and, look­ing at the gar­den right now, it looks good and we’re ready to take on an­other year.

One new fea­ture is a wind­spin­ner. It’s a real eye catcher – es­pe­cially in a gar­den like this, which is quite ex­posed to the wind. We didn’t re­alise that it came with so­lar-pow­ered lights and so were very sur­prised when, as dark­ness fell, we sud­denly had lights al­ter­nat­ing from red to green!

An­other new ad­di­tion is a raised bed be­hind the garage that fills in a shady cor­ner. The plan is to fill it with var­ie­gated ivy and ferns that can tol­er­ate drier con­di­tions.

This year I’ve tried grow­ing chrysan­the­mums for the first time. I’ve eight dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties which have been grown in large pots, to be used solely for cut flow­ers. I’ve had beau­ti­ful vases of blooms in­doors from early Oc­to­ber and they’re still go­ing!

The gar­den is cur­rently alive with birds busily feed­ing in readi­ness for win­ter. We’ve a feed­ing sta­tion in the front gar­den where we pro­vide mil­let specif­i­cally for the house spar­rows, which at any one time can num­ber up to 50!

One of my first jobs of 2019 will be to sow peren­nial seeds such as Ver­bena bonar­ien­sis and achil­lea ‘Sum­mer Berries’, as we plan to use these in the new bed re­cently cut in the lawn. The grasses that will go with them will be bought in spring.

What 2019 will bring us weath­er­wise, no­body knows, but one thing is cer­tain; with a lot of hard work and a lit­tle help from Mother Na­ture, we can be sure of an­other year of ful­fill­ing and en­joy­able gar­den­ing.

Left, our brand new shady bed, and right, the new wind­spin­ner

These spar­rows love our brim­ming feed­ers

Eight dif­fer­ent chrysanths grew here in large con­tain­ers

Here’s the fin­ished re­sult – vases full of chrysanth blooms!

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