Tuesday, November 15, 2022

HOUSES and gardens come in different sizes and, both can be designed to work, given a little thought before any action is taken.  Sometimes moving home creates a different proposition depending on whether you are upsizing or downsizing.


Many people have found out when moving from a small home into a larger one that, within a very short time all your possessions will have filled the available space and you do not realise how you managed before. It is the same with larger gardens and, unless you design it well it will soon be filled with a mixture of all sorts with many ‘bits and pieces’.  With big garden spaces you have to think ‘Big’ and, when all the utility areas are sorted, do go for extensive tree and shrub areas using larger growing plants.


One of the most difficult and probable stressful times is downsizing your home and, for gardens it is more challenging without the stress, to try and accommodate all you want to have in your small space.  A realistic and practical approach is a good start and again, do not rush into action without having thought long and hard about what you need as, against what you want. Even in our own country garden, which is larger than most as we have a plant nursery attached, we have to limit what we can plant.

Solid structures

In our garden space we either inherit solid structures or create them and, either way the choice is to work with what is there or to make changes. Because solid structures take time, expense and trouble to move them, the first consideration is to work them into your new plans and, if that cannot be done the end option is to remove them if possible. At the other end of the game is where care is needed to install solid structures in the first place. As always, it pays to take time to plan out your permanent installations.


It can happen to anyone and, it could be you that has to look at some aspects of your garden plants and make the decision to remove some specimens that have outgrown their space.  Some plants have grown away so quietly and out of sight that you have not noticed that they are now far too big for your garden such as overgrown hedges. In recent weeks I have had to remove three medium sized maples and a variegated tulip tree(Liriodendron ‘Aureo-marginatum’) and, I have two different large Indian chestnuts which I will have to remove but, first have to indentify which one is called ‘Sydney Pearce’ and graft a replacement.  Some plants can be moved safely all their lives and they include Rhododendrons and Camellias but not conifers.


The normal course of our winter season is that our weather is dull, wet, windy, snowy or a mixture of them all with a few exceptions of wonderful fine weather. On top of that, the nights are longer so, for all those reasons there is more time to spend indoors and relax from gardening but keeping the mind active by planning, and working out what to do for next year.


It is the season when paths and drives can become slippy and this increases if there are wet leaves or algae on the surfaces. It is the smooth areas that are more susceptible including tarmac, on which moss will start to grow after a few years.  We scatter a shake of builder’s sand along the paths and that does the trick but, there are a number of products that will kill of the slime and give you protection for at least the winter. If you have any queries or comments you are welcome to share them with me on (051) 384273 or [email protected] and if of general interest I will include it in a future newsletter.

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