This week I started a three month Garden Design Diploma at the English Gardening School based at the Chelsea Physic Garden, an oasis of calm in the city. The course involves surveying and designing for a project garden and one of the first things we have to do is take plenty of pictures as a visual aid. So I thought I would practice today by photographing my own garden. Usual apologies apply, garden is a mess, I have been busy etc etc
I am delighted as ever to be joining in with The Propagator who encourages us to feature six things from our garden each week – a very useful tool for documenting its progress over the year.
- View from the house
The advice in our course textbook (The Essential Garden Design Handbook by Rosemary Alexander and Rachel Myers) is to start by standing looking out from the house and then take photos from 180 degrees before doing the same looking back at the house. From our French windows we can see the curved herbaceous border which is need of a good tidy as well as our curved steps. I would like one day to replace this whole terrace with limestone paving and get rid of the curve, but apparently they are very expensive to put in, so I am in two minds.
2. View from the steps
As our garden is on at least three different levels I have paused half way up at the top of the first set of steps and the bottom of the stepped terrace to look around. As you can see our lawn is in dire straits, not helped by the massive trampoline and I am thinking of getting the experts in to help sort it out in Spring. Our terraces are, er, interesting, but there is rather too much of them and hopefully once I have completed my course I will have some ideas for revamping this area.
3. Play area
In Spring I plan to give this area a good trim and make it a more attractive place for the kids to play with bunting and outdoor cushions.
4. Top terrace
Lots of work to be done here to turn this into a dreamy Mediterranean terrace and herb garden. Maybe one day we will turn the shed into a studio… one can dream!
5. Looking back to the house
This is a view I don’t often think about, so it is interesting to look from this perspective. The terrace gets rather dank being at the bottom of a north-facing garden, so I hope that one day we can extend the back of the house like our neighbours have done and replace it with something that is more of an outside room.
6. Front garden
Again, lots of work to be done here. I did a bit of trimming back in the sunshine today, can you tell? I am looking forward to next-door’s building work coming to a close sometime in 2020 (they have spent 12 months building a path!) Am wondering whether to replace the bark chips or go for something a bit more permanent like gravel or slate chips between the raised beds.
Sorry, total cheat, that was more like 29 on Saturday. Will revisit in June to see what progress has been made. If I include a picture of the first snowdrops coming into flower as my cover, that makes it 30 on Saturday. Back to six next time, I promise.