the garden

We moved into our Durham garden in 2005. It’s north-facing, sloping, with 4 mature Silver Birch, a Leylandii, and a quarter of a huge Scots Pine. It was already a mature garden and I kept a lot of the shrubs, though I’ve removed the rhododendron, spotted laurel, and a few other functional but unexciting low-maintenance shrubs. I’ve planted a lot of chaos in its place. It’s about time I made a list.

Garden Species (plants)

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Crataegus monogyna
Hawthorn
I've planted lots of hawthorn over the years. Does well. All shapes and sizes. All over the place.
Fagus sylvatica
Common beech
I've planted lots of beech. Mostly common beech but a few purple beech too. It does well. Budburst timing varies a lot throughout the garden.
Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Bluebell
I've planted hundreds, if not thousands, of bluebells over the years. They should love this garden, but they seem indifferent.
Lamium galeobdolon
yellow archangel,
artillery plant,
aluminium plant
I planted this about 2010 and regretted it. Pretty but invasive.
Linnaea amabilis
(Kolkwitzia amabilis)

Beauty Bush
Planted before 2005. Large scrambling shrub.
Lunaria annua
Honesty
When I removed all the rhododendron in 2006 and let the light in, I stood back and waited to see what was in the seedbank, or what might blow in. Honesty. I love it. It grows everywhere, year after year, with my blessing.
Pentaglottis sempervirens
green alkanet,
evergreen bugloss
I don't know whether this blew in, has always been here, or whether I planted it. It's all over the place. I don't mind it too much.
Weigela 'Eva Rathke'Planted before 2005.
 
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Garden Species (wildlife)

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Bombus hypnorum
tree bumblebee
Set up home in the blue-tit nest box in May 2020 but gone quite quickly
Bombus lapidarius
red-tailed bumblebee
Bombus terrestris
buff-tailed bumblebee
 
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