Chris is not only a garden client but my best friend. When I first started working there the garden had been in existence for 16 years, when it was a show garden for the new estate. Overgrown shrubs and borders were maintained on a weekly basis and a little light replanting done. Fortunately Chris decided it was time to redesign the garden completely so in conjunction with Hambrook Garden Services, we came up with the plans for the garden as it is today. Hambrooks did all the hard landscaping and I had the enviable job of planting a blank canvas. It has matured quickly and is a picture in June and July when all the alliums are out in the back garden. These are then superseded by Chris’ favourite plant, Agapanthus, which make a particularly spectacular show in the front garden. Gardening here now is hard as we spend most of the time chatting, leaving me little time to actually garden. However, due to the lovely new top soil and annual mulches the soil is easy to work and nearly everything thrives. Unfortunately the only thing that doesn’t like the garden is rhubarb despite having its own bed and set of rhubarb forcers…
It took two hours to cut back all the agapanthus in the front garden. There are about twenty clumps of assorted varieties - both evergreen and herbaceous - that produce over 200 flower heads each summer. (That is another tedious task - cutting back all the spent flowers!). Unfortunately some of the leaves had already completely gone over and turned into a mass of yellow, slimy leaves. The only thing that seems to cut these off are scissors but you still get covered in a slug-like slime by the time you've finished. End result though is a neat and tidy front garden with plenty of room for the hundreds of tulip and allium bulbs that are interplanted amongst the agapanthus to grow in the spring.