Sharing My Challenges
I want to share with you some of the challenges I’ve faced in creating my garden and some of the things I’ve had to contend with over the years I’ve lived here.
One, it is in a valley and two, how to garden on a slope.
Choosing the right plants for the soil conditionsand being aware that the ground is not level.
I have a north facing garden (which had I realised at the time), I would not have taken it on.
Also it is very steep which makes for a challenging way of gardening.
Daffodils Narcissus Aubrietia
As this is the case, a lot of plants are in pots and containers which makes it supposedly easier to manage.
So when you take on a new garden project think about the aspect (i.e. the direction it faces).
Is it south facing etc?
Where does the sun shine in your garden?
Where do you want to sit?
In the sun or in the shade?
Where will your plants be happiest?
As it is north facing, there is less sun and there are areas where it gets cold and can trap frost, (like here behind this wall below).
As it is cooler and in the shade the daffodils opened very late, in the middle of May.
I just wanted to share this with you so you don’t make the same mistake when starting your new planting scheme.
At the very top of the steepest part of the garden there is a boundary fence so the plants that I chose were suitable for a north facing aspect.
That means they would not get much sunshine there so it would be quite shady.
This plant here is a yellow winter flowering jasmine but it is hard to access it.
So the lesson is best not to plant things that you can’t easily access.
Also it is somewhat confused as it is flowering in June not later in the year.
Winter flowering Jasmine