PLEASE NOTE, THIS PAGE IS ABOUT TO BE EDITED FOLLOWING SOME STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN THE TIDY GARDEN.
The Tidy Garden is east facing and is roughly 40'x40'.
It has a bit of everything (except the kitchen sink!)
Originally the garden was mainly laid to lawn with traditional flower beds running along the perimeter. Life seemed to revolve around the lawnmower and to get anywhere around the garden on soggy, wet days meant trudging over muddy grass. So purple slate pathways, edged with bricks, were introduced.
The shady side & the attached lawn can remain frozen all day during the coldest of winter days but is a dappled oasis of sunlight on hot, summer days, perfect for us non-sun worshippers.
There is a small pond (5'x3') with several fish & an abundance of frogs that brilliantly keep the slug population in the garden to a minimum.
The patio bed, even after all these years, still has that 'new-build' feel about it where the builders have buried their rubble. Despite that, it's our Insect Nectar Bar & is crammed with everything to attract 'good' critters to the garden.
The apple tree bed is Mr TG's haven for his beloved Geums around a small cooking apple tree. There is also a mini-pond in the bed for birds to drink & bathe in. Frogs also use it to lay their spawn in but that is moved to the larger pond each year as it either freezes in late frosts or the poor tadpoles boil when they hatch in the sun.
The sunny bed is often parched during the summer months and the dry bed, at the end, is dry because of the taller, bulkier shrubs & small trees that grow there. It takes a lot of heavy, persistant rain to break through the canopy to reach the soil.
The greenhouse is a new addition to the garden (Dec' 2013) and the raised veg' beds are used for Square Foot Gardening. The 1/4 circle of lawn is for sun worshippers.