Lauren Sizeland’s Garden Safari

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I moved to this house and garden in 2017 – the outdoor space, about 130 feet in length, was a very overgrown and apparently unloved space. After allowing 9 months to see what the seasons brought I realised there had at some point in the past been a keen gardener as various trees blossomed and I uncovered several rangy shrubs, including a number of roses. I appointed some guys to do hard landscaping, installing a large patio and redeveloping “the wildnerness” at the top end (a part I was afraid to venture, as the borders were in accessible, there were decrepit rabbit hutches, old tyres, it was overrun with brambles – you get the picture!). As “the wilderness’ was the sunniest spot all year, I chose to have some raised beds built so it is now my fruit and veg area.

For the rest of the space I was keen to retain the old trees, including apples, damsons, Hawthornes, American Cranberry and Acer. I was also keen to preserve as many of the shrubs as possible and I used these to help create some structure. I wanted to create colour and interest all year round and have planted the flower beds with this in mind. I was also keen to attract bees and butterflies to help support the wildlife ecosystem as much as possible. In the early spring there are complimentary coloured bulbs: pale and bright yellows and purples and this transitions in late spring and through to autumn to different colour schemes on each side. On one is the ‘hot bed’ with crimsons and various hot to pale pinks, interspersed with white and on the other side are cool blues, mauves and whites, with a couple of warm pink roses, which I considered too old to move!

I do hope you enjoy looking through my photos and hopefully next year you’ll be able to visit and absorb my garden sanctuary, smell the scents and see the huge range of insects!