I found this little garden tour over at the blog of Beangenie which she describes as “an optimist’s garden in Wales”. The garden is in three sections and she includes pictures of each as well as her description. The garden is near enough to the coast to have a view of the sea once the leaves are off the trees, but as a result it suffers from the wind.
Quite a few people have asked me about the garden, and though I described it briefly in the early days of this blog, that?s now lurking in the archives. So it?s time for an updated tour. (And that makes it sound like ? oh, I don?t know, Great Dixter or something. I wish!)
I?m not in the easiest position for gardening, though the climate can be quite mild (and wet; mustn?t forget wet). I?m in west Wales, on the shores of Cardigan Bay, in a village sandwiched between the mountains and the sea.?I?m on the slope of the hills, about 100 metres?above sea level, and as you can see (ouch), I?ve a good view of the sea, especially when the leaves are off the trees. But a?view equals?wind. Big winds.
The garden runs around the house on three sides. It slopes down the hill with the top garden (behind the house)?being about?twelve feet higher than the lowest part of the bottom garden. Both the top and bottom gardens slope, while the middle garden, at the side of the house, is comparatively flat.
The three parts are separated by stone retaining walls topped with Rosa rugosa hedges, and the whole garden is surrounded by dry stone walls overgrown with ivy and, in one case, a tall hedge as well. I try to garden as organically as possible, and encourage wildlife.
The top garden is the largest part. It?s the home of the vegetable patch, immediately behind the house, and the meadow. Windbreaks are essential round the veg (though my beans seem to manage), and one day I?ll get round to making hurdles to replace the turquoise?netting. One day. In the meanwhile I?ve grown quite fond of the colour.
The rest of the top garden was always known for its daffodils and primroses in spring, but I now allow it to form a (smallish) meadow the rest of the year; theres no?mowing until the Big?Strim in the autumn, except for the paths. This has helped the wild flowers increase even more, and the bulbs too, of course.
I?ve added to the snowdrops, and also put some more fritillaries in.
Read the rest of the tour at Beangenie