I imagine some of you are confused about the layout of our land. It is kind of obvious where the walled garden is, and I´ve mentioned a few times where the veggie garden is (at the very back of our long, relatively narrow land) but there are almost 1,000 square meters of our garden that I rarely talk about or post pictures of. I always thought that one of these days I´d prepare a layout plan for you, and behold, today is this day:
Yeah, I know. Impressive. But it is as good as it gets. Does that make you even more confused? Feel free to ask questions in the comments. Anyway I thought I´d give you some progress report on the part of our land that adjoins the walled garden. I am not sure what to call this space. The middle garden? The chicken garden, because the chicken coop/run is located here? Any fancy suggestions?
If you are a long time reader, you may remember that I have written about this area before - you can read this post here. To recap, this was basically a dump before we started working on it. We turned over every stone and in May last year, everything looked like in the picture above - tidy, but not very nice.
This is how the same area looks now. It´s basically "done" for now. I plan to add a few more rose bushes along the chicken fence and add to the lavender hedge that runs along the ditch. Also I want to cover this ugly beige wall.
See? Ugly. We plan to grow grapes on this wall but need to build some kind of trellis first.
To the left of the chicken coop (and in front of their second run - see plan) there´s a new bed where I planted ten white old rose bushes, delphinium, blue geranium and alchemilla. I know it doesn´t look like much right now, but I am sure it will be a different story come next spring.
Looking back at the house. I do have a few plans for the side that is to the right in this picture. You can see on the plan that I want to add two more beds that run along the ditch. I´ve been going back and forth with this but I think I want to leave the orchard as is and continue the flower beds in this area.
Standing in front of the chicken coop, looking towards our neighbor. The hedgerow we planted along the fence last spring is doing nicely. One more year or so and it will actually give us the privacy we want. Also you can see that we already started with the beds along the ditch. I have a few plants from the walled garden that I want to transfer here in autumn. About that ditch: This used to be some kind of open sewer back in the days (yeah, I know, gross). We kept it because it´s a natural drainage for our very wet land. I´m not going to lie, I´d love to see it gone, but I think once it is all done in this area it is going to look fine.
This spring, we planted a sweet chestnut in the middle of the lawn. I always felt that there should be a tree, and a massive one, because I want to do something like this. However we also sooner or later want to build a green house (see plan, where the laundry hangs now) so this might have been a stupid idea since a massive tree means lots of shadow. Anyway we are talking 30+ years before the sweet chestnut actually gets that big so I am probably overthinking. So... chestnut garden? Greenhouse garden? Please advise.