They say you should live with your new garden for a full 12 months before making any changes to see what treasures you have inherited, but I have visited this garden in the winter and again in spring and looking at it in the summer now, there isn't a great deal in it that I want to keep.
The overgrown trees and shrubs have been dealt with, and now I am eager to get on with making my own mark on my new patch.
A closer look now at the plants in the garden.
Mountain Ash. Nice shape. The tree surgeons have raised the canopy and it makes the perfect place for a bench below.
Either side of the gated arch above the steps winds a honeysuckle. This one is named and yet to flower...
...the other side is scented and pale yellow, but no label was found.
An apple tree I think, trained against the fence at the bottom of the garden. I've never grown fruit trees before so this should be interesting.
Various plants in the bed behind the mountain ash, viewed from the bottom of the garden. This has a couple of foxgloves and some Lonicera nitida that will be removed along with some of the swamping ivy.
I have yet to discover what this is...it can stay for now.
Interesting opportunities for planting various ferns and trailing plants in the retaining wall
The label says clematis, but I can't actually see it for the honeysuckle at the moment. More investigating needed.
The same bed viewed from the steps
The opposite side of the steps and the back of the shed at the bottom of the garden. The weeds growing out of the gutter needs grubbing out. I wonder if I can set up a water but here.
Yet more Lonicera nitida to rip out. I can see they were trying to create a hedge to screen the shed, but this plant is just not my cup of tea. We had it in the previous garden and it needed a lot of trimming to keep it looking good. I have other plans for this area.
It appears that there are poppies, aquilegia and a clump of what looks like Crocosmia to the left side of the arch. I will let these flower before deciding their fate.
More conifers. What is it with conifers?
Needs a blooming good prune, but this fuchsia can stay.
Another conifer, another for the bin.
While I do not want any of the conifers, this particular one is not destined for the heap - it has a home with a friend's mother in its future.
All the Clematis can stay for now. I will give them a good prune and train them in correctly and then wait to see how they perform.
This hellebore will also have a stay of execution while I see how it performs.
It so exciting to see how things pan out in a new garden. The plants have all been 'bunged in' with little thought it seems. There has been very little in the way of attention after planting and the soil in the back garden at least doesn't appear to have been improved in some time.
Waiting in the wings, although some of them have passed their best, these are the lovelies I divided from plants in my old garden. Most of them should perform well here as the conditions (once improved a little) are similar, with the exception of the front garden which looking at neighbouring properties appears to be acidic. This will be perfect for my blue hydrangea.
Ah a rare glimpse of the Lesser Spotted Toad. He has weeded the patio and is setting up our compost bin (beside the previous owners bin which is already rotting down nicely).
With some luck, the next step of the clearance should begin in the next day or two.