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Muddyboots, External Garden and field areas. (HP22)

Styles: Organic, Rural, Wildflower

Soil types: Clay

Light: Full Sun

Exposure: Exposed

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)

This comprises 9.5 acres to the west and north of the enclosed garden. A gravel driveway leads from the road gate at the north east corner to the enclosed garden at the south west corner. The drive is bordered by a grass verge and has fraxinatus raywoodi avenue planting. The areas are north east meadow and south east meadow, each fenced and with cattle troughs. There is an east orchard and a small central orchard with old apple trees. A bee area in the north east corner has a small copse of trees and there is roadside tree planting. A bog garden on the bend of the drive surrounds a spring-fed watercress bed. The central area is shaded by a magnificent sycamore and 2 old yew trees. The north-west horse paddock also has water.

Muddyboots's garden plan

There is not a published plan for this garden yet.




About me
I am in the protfolio stage of my career having retired from my'main job'. Along with building our new house, I have been taking on a number of projects which interest me - both near at home and farther afield. Now I need to cut that poroject work time to give me more time for gardening, otherwise I will look like a right wally, having invested very haevily in the garden. We have built a walled garden, a kitchen garden, a bog garden and quite a lot of other bits to say nothing of the field with the orchard bits! As my wife is not a gardener, it is down to me - I stuck my neck out and said that I wanted to make gardening a mjor interest, yet I have done next to none for the last 40 years. As a teenager, I used to love helping my dad who was a keen gardener and I eraned my pocket money that way. Now I am buying lots of plants and geting lots of help from our friends.

Gardening expertise

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Building and designing the garden ( our landscape architect was wonderful at drawing up the schemes essential to get consent to build on this sensitive site, and we had fabulous help from our engineering friend as well as groundworkers, bricklayers, landscape contractors, environmant agency and friends - so very much a joint effort. However most of the design ideas were ours, and we are proud of the way it is working out.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Time- time- time Mud, more mud and even heaver sticky clay mud. Ignorance wasps (there is a beekeeper on the site - we get our rent in honey- and even she hates the wasps.) Fear of failure and very keen not to let it get on top of me

The gardening project I am currently working on
getting it all established. We put the natural hedge mix hedges in 2 years ago to give them a start, and last year we got a lot of shrubs and trees planted, including many that were given to us. This year is the year of the walled garden and the veg garde

Muddyboots's gardens


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