Coronavirus Diary 52 -Social Distancing the back garden

Progress on doing up my new but ancient house continues but at a pace even snails would surpass.  It’s all down to this virus and I’ve even been thinking of bringing my new front garden bench into the house so I can sit on it and watch television.   At the moment to spread out I have to lay flat on the floor and rest my head on some cushions and it’s been that way for almost 5 months now with no end in sight.

I did though take delivery of the first batch or plants for the back garden, this is in part of the reclaimed section.

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The quite large plant at the bottom left is a Hydrangea and it offers large blue, pink or white flowers depending on the acidity of the soil.  The plant next to that that looks half dead is a sort of Japanese daisy which will apparently come back to life!

Where the large gap is above the purple lupin will be home to a flowering Japanese Cherry tree one day… hopefully.

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Lupins like those on the right are traditional cottage plants and against the fence are two Clematis which will grow over the fence and produce flowers too.

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Around the old tree stump I have planted some heather plants and again those dead looking plants are Bluebells which are now way past their flowering season.  Though you can’t see it here, I have ordered a yellow witch hazel which is another traditional tree with mystical and healing properties which looks its best in mid-winter.  I thought to myself as I do so many tours (usually) I actually am around my garden more in the winter than any other time of year so I have also ordered some bright red ornamental grass which comes into its own in the winter also.

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I’m not quite sure what the purple flowering plant is but it fits ok.  I found so many large pots and containers in the undergrowth, I don’t know where to put them or how to fil them but I have two olive trees on their way so that will be a start.

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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2 Responses to Coronavirus Diary 52 -Social Distancing the back garden

  1. Gardens take time. Throw some seeds on the bare patches to speed things up. Good luck!

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