Maintaining the Garden Talk

My garden talks are illustrated with slides, projected from a computer using a data projector.

To give a flavour of what is included, I have uploaded the slides for this talk as pdf files, though in practice they are Powerpoint files. I have split the talk into sections to reduce the waiting time when downloading the files to view, and of course there is no commentary, which I provide in person when giving the talk. Some slides do, however, have explanatory annotation on them. The content of the talk does change fairly regularly (as the garden changes).

Despite these limitations, the files should still provide a reasonable idea of what this talk is about.

A garden in Thornton le Dale
Inula flowers in the herbaceous border

A brief history

Slides 1 to 15

Introduction

The talk starts with a brief history of the garden in the 30 years we have been here.

Composting
Compost bin, with a neighbour's cat soaking up the heat

Compost

Slides 16 to 27

Compost

A major time consuming task in the garden, but one which is integral to the way the garden is managed.

Fruit and vegetables
A pumpkin growing on the path, planted in the herbaceous border

Fruit and vegetables

Slides 28 to 41

Fruit and vegetables

We don't grow a lot of fruit and vegetables, but those we do grow all require their own maintenance routines. Some get a little less than they deserve.

Lawn maintenance
Lawn in the upper part of the garden

Lawn

Slides 42 to 47

Lawn

The lawn is not particularly large, and has reduced in size over the years as areas have been cut away for planting. What is left still requires some regualr work.

Mulch
Shredded branches and hedging used as a mulch

Mulch

Slides 48 to 52

Mulch

A feature designed to reduce maintenance, which it does to a reasonable extent. Used as much for decoration as for weed supression.

Garden paths
A variety of materials were used for paths - flags, pavers, crazy paving, bark chippings

Paths

Slides 53 to 64

Paths

Paths are the key design feature in the garden, linking and separating different areas and allowing access throughout. They have their own problems and demands.

Gardeb pests and problems
Slug damage on hostas is an ongoing, and losing, battle

Pests and problems

Slides 65 to 68

Pests and problems

Just a few of the many nuisances that challenge the desired order of things.

Topiary
A box cartwheel surrounds the prunus nigra tree at the top of the garden

Topiary

Slides 69 to 97

Topiary

There are many different topiary forms around the garden, and the boundary hedges can be added to the annual clipping cycle to make up a sizeable time commitment.

Garden trees
The Tibetan cherry has glorious peeling bark that brightens up the winter days

Trees

Slides 98 to 106

Trees

Like any other plant, trees require maintenance - pruning, shaping, and eventually removal and replanting.

Watering the garden
Hanging baskets requiring regular and frequent watering

Watering

Slides 130 to 135

Watering

Growing plants in pots and baskets requires a regular routine of watering, mainly done with rainwater from water butts using watering cans.

Weeds and thugs
The long pernicious roots of bindweed

Slides 109 to 132

Slides 109 to 132

Weeds and thugs

The common weeds are all present - bindweed, ground elder, dandelion, celandine, buttercup, self-heal, plantain .... Thugs are those plants introduced deliberately that have their own idea on how much of them there should be.

Garden wildlife
A blackbird pausing between eating the berries on the yew topiary

Wildlife

Slides 136 to143

Wildlife

Watching, photographing and feeding wildlife are everyday occupations, as well as planting appropriately to encourage birds, insects and animals to make their garden their home, or at least a regular visiting place.

Contacts

fern
The pond in early summer
e-mail: oldfern@btinternet.com
Tel: 01751 476005
Mobile: 07881209459
Address: Garth End Cottage
  Roxby Road
  Thornton le Dale
  North Yorkshire
  YO18 7SX