garden. I keep talking about the various bits of outdoors here, and thought it might be nice to have a page that shows you where they all are. To do this properly, I also have to come up with names for said bits of outdoors.
Here goes - I'll start with a plan:
As you see from the labels (click for clearer image), there are quite a few steep bits. The garden itself is terraced, so both the upper and lower garden are relatively level, but otherwise, we have only one small level bit.
Now for the tour. The approach to the house is via a driveway shared with three neighbours.
The hedge you can see on the left is hazel trees. My neighbours have very kindly said that I can harvest the nuts there in the autumn.
As we get closer, the sun goes in. It doesn't always, but it did when I was taking the photos.
This is the beginning of what I can call mine
- not the hedge on the right, but the bank on the left
Looking to the left, we can see the steep bit with oak tree.
At the very left of the picture is an elder tree just starting to flower, not that you'd know it from this picture. The pale looking one is hawthorn and beyond that are a couple of oak tree stumps which are putting out lots of shoots with leaves that I'm harvesting enthusiastically. I'm hoping to develop this area into a
forestgarden - I put forest in quotes because there won't actually be that many more trees - but it needs some of the brambles clearing first.
Carrying on down the driveway, we see the small steep bit:
This isn't much use as a lawn, at that angle. I'm thinking of growing something more useful there, perhaps wheat.
On the right we see the steep bit by the stream:
It's very difficult to do anything with this bit of land, as venturing onto it brings great risk of tumbling through many nettles into the stream. I do think wild garlic would be very happy here, though I'm not sure how I'd harvest it!
Looking up from the vertiginous drop to the stream, we can see the driveway continuing past the house.
Following the driveway, we get to...
This is the closest thing we have to a lawn. The shrub in the corner is a lilac, and that was very pretty when it was in flower.
Turning to the left, we can see steps going up the side of the house, past yet another steep bit.
This is a stupid place for a washing line - it's on the north side of the house.
If I go up the steps and turn left again, looking back towards the road, we see a tiny strip of land running alongside the conservatory roof.
Having gone right round the house, I'll now come back to the garden, of which you've seen plenty of pictures already.
Finally, just because it was in flower and looking gorgeous, here's a poppy: