When we moved in I had only a few days before my course started up again. We barely had time to throw the garden supplies in the cupboards before things got busy and it wasn’t until nearly Christmas that I finally got out to look at the garden.
I got my kit together for getting to grips with the new garden – pH kit, measuring tapes, notebook, and, of course, camera.
The pH kit results were no real shock – soil a bit on the acidic side and mostly clay-ey so fairly bog standard Scottish soil. I’m going to be adding some raised beds for veg, but everything else I get is going to have to cope with this soil with some organic matter thrown in / on.
The most noticeable thing plant-wise in the garden is the elderberry tree – Sambucus nigra. It doesn’t have very nice berries, nor is its shape particularly good. Unfortunately I only took a picture of it after I’d dealt with it. Originally it had a large branch heading towards the house and was accompanied by a sneaky bit of privet, masquerading as another elder branch. I took both off to reduce the amount covering the path and reduce the risk of branches hitting the front of the building.
Even ‘cleaned up’, though, it’s still a bit of a straggly thing. I’m guessing its never really been pruned and instead of a nice, short shrub we now have a bit of a monster. Once I’ve had flowers from it next year I’m hoping to take it down and replace it with some Sambucus bushes that I’m growing from seed. They’re Sambucus cerulea or Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea depending on who you ask – a version which has fruits which look sort-of like small blueberries and which are supposed to be very sweet.
Other, more sneaky, plants include a couple of Cotoneasters and, I think, a bit of yew hiding in the hedge. I’ll probably take these out as I intend to reduce the hedge a bit as its very wide. Also… I
hate rather dislike Cotoneasters.
Other things already hingin’ aboot the garden include a wee Pieris japonica, a twiggy fancy Fuchsia, a stick which might be an Acer, and some Antirrhinum (snapdragons), which are still flowering even now.