About Karen's Garden
The house had once been the home of a keen flower arranger and the garden reflected this. Over the 20 years we have been here we have lost a number of trees to honey fungus including a twisted hazel and a laburnum. In their place we have planted lots of roses, and more recently as a result of building onto the house, we replaced a small grass area which was difficult to mow with a paved terrace which offers a lovely seating area from which to enjoy the garden. The garden is divided into three sections, the terrace, the main lawn and flower beds and a smaller area behind a flint wall which provides a space for a cutting garden, a couple of apple trees, a pear and a Victoria plum and a small area for vegetables.
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Veg and cutting garden (mainly flowers) with garden shed and greenhouse. Also crammed in a couple of apple trees, a plum and a pear tree!
Through the arch to the veg and cutting garden
A plaque depicting autumn
The greenhouse, tucked into a small alcove between the flint wall and the path - big enough for half-a-dozen tomatoes, a couple of cucumbers
On the other side of a small dividing wall from the greenhouse there is just space for some peas, climbing French beans and courgettes.
The garden refreshed after the rain
Rosa Bonica and Nepeta six hills giant and a lovely orange rose (unnamed) under the Rowan tree
A pot grow lily now in its second year shows promise of a good show
Rosa Mundi with self-sown poppies
Rosa Bonica with Nepeta and Stipa Gigantea
Looking across from the orange rose to Eleagnus Quicksilver and a Crambe Cordifolia
Rose - ‘Hot Chocolate’ . Not looking quite so brown as last year
A small pond on the terrace, home to a few goldfish and a frog who comes and goes ...
Erigeron karvinskianus (which now flowers freely in cracks and crevices all around the garden) planted in an old kitchen sink
A shot of vermillion against the grey sky after the rain - not sure of the name of this rose
The same rose with jasmine ‘Clotted Cream’, Chinese Lanterns, and a cornus which has wonderful orange/red stems in the winter.
From the veggie garden looking back towards the house with a small greenhouse in front of the flint wall which divides the two garden areas
Hybrid Tea Rose - 'A Whiter Shade of Pale'. This is one of three such roses in the veg/cutting garden. The perfume stopped us in our tracks
A Cytisus battandieri (Pineapple Broom tree) which on a warm day smells just like cooked pineapple
Two types of fuchsia with Chinese lanterns in front to take some colour into the autumn with yellow corydalis lutea which thrives on neglect
and finally…after a long day working in the garden a place to sit and enjoy the fruits of one’s labours - with a glass of chilled white wine
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A beautiful cottage garden, full of colour, that invites you to relax in it.