This week’s slice of garden loveliness comes from my mum-in-law’s garden in Devon. We visited at the start of the school holidays and while the sun shone I spent a happy hour amongst the flowers with my camera.
When Penny and Mike moved to Devon 16 years ago their house had a large patch of land at the back but no garden to speak of – so they just created one from scratch. Among the countless hours of work this involved was the scarily huge job of hacking out mountains of earth to landscape the sloping hill. In fact most of the pathways in the garden are made from the stones they dug up – they’re experts at path-laying now! Within a few years the garden looked like it had always been there, I think this is so hard to pull off and they’ve done an amazing job.
This garden is both coastal and traditional English country; it’s only a couple of miles from the beach but it contains lots of cottage garden plants too.
There are lots of paths leading you around the garden, each with it’s own view into another ‘room’ – so clever.
The fish pond is a favourite with the children – and also with the local heron, hence the decoy which acts as a deterrent.
And then there are the ‘wow’ plants…
Did the #HDYGG gang ever get to the bottom of the lack of blue hydrangeas? Apparently a hydrangea needs acid soil to be blue – Penny’s dad always planted a lump of iron at the roots of his hydrangeas to create the right conditions for them to be blue. Penny also tells me that when she lived on Epsom Downs, which is heavily alkaline chalk soil, everyone’s hydrangeas were pink – all makes sense to me now!