A new part of the garden rises

In my times on magazines I constructed many seaside gardens, mostly for photo shoots. Most were small areas, hastily covered in pebbles with bits of driftwood, old fishing nets or reels of rope and planted with thrift and blue fescue. None were particularly satisfactory, though they looked great in print. So it is with typical madness that I decided that a part of the garden would have a seaside theme. Of course, because, for me, a garden is a place for plants, the idea is as much about theming the plants and making conditions that are suitable for a new range of plants as much as trying to emulate a real seaside theme. But a start has been made with the eventual construction of the shed that arrived several months ago. It was an ex-show model and as such had the roof covered in felt which made it impossibly heavy for us to lift. So (thank you Peter) we eventually got the thing screwed together and the lid on. Paint and lots of railway sleepers and gravel are next. The hedge here is sea buckthorn (I was planning ahead) and the palm already looks a lot happier with something behind it.

Now to decide on a colour theme: beach hut colours, replica Punch and Judy hut or something more subtle?




11 Comments on “A new part of the garden rises”

  1. thelonggardenpath
    January 19, 2020 at 8:37 am #

    Beach hut! And give it a name too!

    • thebikinggardener
      January 25, 2020 at 11:55 am #

      Had not thought of naming it!

      • thelonggardenpath
        January 25, 2020 at 8:08 pm #

        Oh you must! Beach huts all have names! We had use of one in Southwold called “Happy Days” and I plan to give my shed the same name. My husband’s shed has been named “Owd Bob” after the ferry boat that operated between Southwold and Walberswick.

  2. digwithdorris
    January 19, 2020 at 6:54 pm #

    Black with saffron window frames?

  3. Paddy Tobin
    January 19, 2020 at 6:54 pm #

    It’s always great to have a new project, a new impetus, new interest etc. Here, the ground is frightfully wet and gardening is all but impossible.

    • thebikinggardener
      January 25, 2020 at 11:55 am #

      Yes it has been windy and wet. Just back from the annual hols so need to crack on now 🙂

  4. mitzybricker
    January 20, 2020 at 11:14 am #

    How fun and cute!

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  5. Meriel
    January 21, 2020 at 7:23 pm #

    Something more subtle, especially if you can see it from the house! I’m sure the plants will be the star of the show

    • thebikinggardener
      January 25, 2020 at 11:54 am #

      Well the plants will be the stars of course but I want to paint it something a bit odd!

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