A moment of reflection this morning and I realised that my back garden has been evolving further and further away from its original plan, but I decided it doesn’t really matter. As with all life, nothing is set in stone and gardening is all about continual adaptation. But here’s a before and after.
Over 50 years ago somebody planted this magnolia soulangeana in what is now my father’s garden. It was planted in a sunny but exposed position and the soil is too thin. Amazingly it puts on a brief, over-the-top show once a year. It is not a popular choice these days, not least as it is difficult to place in a more naturalistic planting scheme especially where space is restricted. However, who would be mean enough to cut down a small tree that flowers its heart out every spring?
10 thoughts on “Eight years on.”
I saw the before picture and thought it was a nice big garden. It certainly has evolved a lot! So much has changed that I can’t even find a point of reference to know it was the same garden. The (similar sized) pond in ours takes up quite a lot of space, but you have much more room. Hope the wildlife loves it.
It isn’t very big that’s my old camera on some odd setting before I learnt how to change it! Reference point is the end of the garage (upper left corner) – I have attempted to take the shot from same position, but photos don’t tell the truth – do they? Yes, the pond is for the critters, but it’s not really deep enough and a hard winter ends with frog corpses floating up to the surface after the thaw. I fish them out and bury them in mini frog plague pits.
It looks beautiful to me.
Looks filled with lovely plants and surprises – perfect! Love magnolia trees of any kind.
It’s all the gift of nature given a bit of time to develop.
Wow, that is a transformation!
Yes, don’t you think nature (with a little helping muddy hand) is quite exhilarating. Loved the Regent’s Park cherry blossom.
Beautiful & quite a transformational change. Well done!
Thank you for the praise, but I think it’s 95% down to old mother Nature!