Polly and I have just been over to see Harriets garden (See Helping Harriet), and what an achievement in two years. If you have a house set in the middle of fields, not an unattractive thing to be seen, and horses on the horizon, you have a head start. She now has two borders, the second one started this year, both backed by a brick wall. The green beech buttresses in both borders look as if they have been there much longer than they have. The idea of these are that they should give structure in the Winter when the herbaceous plants have vanished below the ground. We have now made a decision to have three large clumps of Miscanthus Yakushima Dwarf down the right hand side of the garden, set at specific intervals. Harriet is going to ring up Neil Lucas of Knoll Gardens to see if they have got them in stock, otherwise it can wait until Spring. Justin, meanwhile, had made an impulse buy of several small plants of Buxus Sempervirens, and we think we have found a home for them. We are going to put about three together to make large box domes by the back entrance of the swimming pool.
The shocking pink aster that I have put on my photographs is called Aster Harrington Pink. We have put canes at the top end of the Klimt border, as in the spring we are going to divide it. It is definitely a star at the moment, but you have to wait until Spring to divide it. Needless to say we have put canes where it is flowering now in case we don’t remember where it is in the Spring.
We have finally sorted out the oil tank border. It has certainly taken me long enough. Polly and I are both pleased with what we have done. You walk in through the large blue gates and it is not an eyesore anymore. It is helped a lot by a huge iron tripod, with a large gold ball on top.
The main excitement for Pettifers Garden, is that we have ordered a new pretty greenhouse. I am already getting a lot of fun from the whole procedure. It will be the same size as the one that is there already, and we have to choose from Pigeon Blue or Willow Green.