I guess I have almost been ignoring my old double borders here on cameragardening.com. In real life I appreciate them very much and I like how (moderately) easy they are to manage now that they are mature. 15 years old it seems, at least according to the old photographs I have from the time the soil was first turned. It was a lot of digging and soil improvement at the time and I remember that I bribed one of my cousins to help me with an old Mitsubishi soil rotator. I think I had given him a lift somewhere and he owed me a favour. The rotator was old even then and it’s still going strong thanks to my uncle’s tender care. (I would not be surprised if it’s almost 40 years old.)
This was the start. And my cousin with a blurred face and the rotator.
I added the pergola last year. My own design, but obviously an Ulf Nordfjell rip off. Two builders actually built it, it wasn’t that complicated, but still easier for two people and I suspect I might have had a hard time in getting the whole thing straight if I had attempted it myself.
Rosa helenae ‘Hybrida’ likes the pergola.
The peach and pink part.
Blue, purple and red.
Blue, grey and white when the fence was new and the border a lot slimmer.
Almost the whole border
Time flies when you have a lot to do… Work, renovating more than half my home and tackling this beast of a border that I started on last fall. The border is going fairly well.
I’ve improved the soil in the shade curve with lots of peat based compost and I’m doing the same with the rest of it. Last fall I bought garden soil (around 20 tonnes) and it has been good in the sense that it is weed free (not counting all the maple seeds that since landed in it and then germinated) and it seems to be nicely fertilized. What I’m not so happy about is that it is a lot more compact than I would prefer. Hence, the continued improvement with the peat based compost. I want my soil light and airy and I know a lot of plants like it that way too. In some parts I have added gravel to the mix too. I am a bit vary about adding leaf and branch compost since the one we have frequently has weed parts in it. Some wood chips have also gone in to the mix.
The shaded curve in the back, planting going on in the front
But, the FUN part, planting: I added a lot of tulip bulbs that I got on sale last fall after it turned out that Matkahuolto was incompetent enough not to understand my address and sent back my Dutch bulbs. The bulbs were a bit more run of the mill than I had intended, but they flower nicely enough all the same!
I have also planted a lot of plants that have been waiting for a new home for quite a while, a lot of things that had been raised from seed and I have transferred plants that were growing in bad spots. I also ordered a few rarities from Kevock and I did some shopping at a large fair in Türi last weekend. My local garden center (Muhevainen) has made some contributions as well…
The end of the shade border with Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’ and Rhododendron ‘Princess Anne’.
I still need to place a few stepping stones in the middle of the border, plant a lot of small plants, move some larger ones from elsewhere and tackle the steps that run through the border. So there is a lot to do, I hope my flu goes away quickly. Had it not been for it, I would be outside digging right now
Glaucidium palmatum var. leucanthum in improved soil.
(It is annoying, wordpress seems to have some picture uploading issues and I’ve been forced to use photobucket – and my pictures get resized…)
The Jardins de Bellevue are one of my absolute favorite types of gardens. The gardens are meandering and well thought out woodland gardens, which feature a lot of rare and stunning perennials, shrubs and trees. In addition to that they are set in a beautiful landscape that they make the most of.
In the first picture probably a Halesia carolina.
Xanthoceras sorbifolium, this might have been the first time I even heard of this tree…
One of the paths
Trillium grandiflorum ‘Flore Pleno’
And so much else, I’ve just decided to stick to around 5 pictures per French garden, otherwise I would not get anything else done…
The gardens of Agapanthe are the creation of garden designer and nurseryman Alexandre Thomas. The design and planting is quite interesting, both bold and lush. What makes the gardens a bit unusual is that they are situated on both sides of a road. The house that is seen in the picture belongs to Alexandre’s parents and the gardens in the foreground belong to Alexandre. The gardens around Alexandre’s parents are 20 years old, but the newer part is just a few years old.
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’
The newer part
The newer part of the garden has got quite a running start with some very large plants!