Shirley over at Shirls Garden Watch has invited bloggers to post 5 gardening/blogging questions on their blogs and as she says in her original post, gardeners are a very generous bunch with help and advice.
Before I launch into my five questions (actually I only have one) Big thanks to all of you who left comments on my last post Gardening Mojo each and every one was much appreciated. Sadly, my garden mojo fled shortly afterwards as I was poorly, which left computer stuff rather difficult to do and as a result I was unable to respond to you all.
My question for Shirley’s meme has been prompted by something that I read over at Helen’s blog. This year for her end of the month view she will be focusing on her front garden, which made me realize that after 6 years or so in this house, I really must sort out mine!
Our house is on the main road that runs through the village, we rarely use the front door, every one that visits just comes straight around to the back where they know they will find us. As I type this, I am not even sure if we have a working front door bell.
We don’t have a front garden, what we do have is a “bit” which is 3.5 feet x 24 feet, divided in the middle by a concrete path from the front gate to the door. Looking at the front of the house in the picture above The right hand side is where I want planting, the left hand side, I think I need to keep a path to the front door …. maybe.
The two front windows are bays, so if I put planters in the “alcoves” they will be half undercover and wont get any natural water from rainfall or light from above. All the plants were removed when the roof was done although there was not much in there. We also levelled the earth so that it was below the air-bricks rather than above them and re-instated the front gate and that is as far as we got.
As people visit our garden to buy plants – to have this unsightly area at the front is not a good idea but I have no idea what to put in here and I am looking for suggestions.
The challenges are:-
No soil (So presumably I will need to get pots … big pots, but they have to be affordable and weather resistant)
North facing (With bright morning sunshine and deep shade for the rest of the day)
Dreadful North and East Winds
3 feet from the road, and quite often cars park in front of the house = much pollution and there is no pavement.
It will have to survive neglect as I rarely go out there – so tough plants
I am not a big fan of tough/lumpy evergreens … or hydrangeas
I think (But I am not sure) that I only want planting on one side, as sometimes people use the left hand “bit” to get to the front door due to the lack of pavement and parked cars.
So this is my question to you all “What shall I do with the front area of my house?” (After we have re-painted the windows)
on a postcard in the comments please.
If you have a question that you would like an answer for I am sure that it is not to late to join in. Also look out for a post on Tuesday 26th February which sounds like a fun thing to join “The Gardening Prequel” (What was your garden like pre blogging days) More information is on Shirley’s blogger invitations post.