Tuesday, 29 April 2014


The weather is very confusing just now. I don't know what the rest of the UK is experiencing but here in Caithness we seem to be going from one extreme to the other - yesterday it was swimsuit weather and I found myself doing more sunbathing than gardening and then today it's thermal underwear weather - so cold!

Things are pottering along nicely at the moment both inside the PT and out in the garden, I do worry that the extremes in weather will do some severe damage though especially to the Dicentra which is flowering outside here - it usually flowers a bit later here.
The lawns have had their first and second cuts of the year (again usually much later here) and I've finally accepted that I need to begin tackling the second half of the garden before the summer gets here. The problem is that I cannot make up my mind as to whether my plan will work or not.
The finished half of the garden is quite formal in that it's all straight lines but I don't particularly like formality so wanted to make the second half of the garden all curvy lines with brick edges. But would it work? Is it possible to combine curves and straight lines in one garden in this way?
The formal part looks nice enough (except for that ruddy pond), everything straight and structured with sleeper edges but I love curvy gardens with blousy plants falling over the grass and jam packed with colour. Would such different concepts look OK in one garden? And if so how would I integrate the two where they meet?
Here's the part I need to get started on

It may not look it but it's a very large area. All the sleepers have to come out and all that stone has to come up as well as the plastic underneath it.
These are the bricks I spied on Mr TG's trailer and put to one side for myself :)  Make a fab edging.

Well if I haven't been wasting time sun bathing lately or taking too many pictures of Tulips I was wasting even more time (an hour to be precise) watching a mouse. A mouse! Though I enjoyed taking its picture as it kept sneaking out from its hidey hole to eat the seed dropped by birds, I think it was more a case of while I can see it I am not afraid of it - if I can't see it, it could be waiting to attack therefore I fear it. Yes, my mind works in very strange ways


  1. You could put up a screen or hedge between the 2 parts of the garden with a big enough opening to let see the other half is there but not show too much of the contrast between the formal and not so formal.

  2. I was thinking along the same lines as Jim. I think that little mouse was thinking much the same thing as you.

  3. Oh that mouse is so cute! Transitions between different types of gardens are hard. If you could make them their own separate spaces with something in between like Jim said, that would look quite nice (like garden 'rooms'). I like spaces where you are in one type of garden and then you go through an arbor or entranceway of some kind or down a path to find yourself in another type of garden. Good luck!

  4. I'm sure what ever you decide on the other part of the garden, that it will look fabulous and with a resident cute mouse too.

  5. Over the years we have gone from curvy to formality and never quite know what we like best. Even had a wavy edged lawn which looked ridiculous. I think curve looks best when it is gradual like a half moon, that's what we are going to do in the new back garden, with a straight edge at the opposite side. Cute picture of your wood mouse.


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