Uccello Lane

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Spring Late – 2019 Guest Photographer

Spring 2019 has been glorious – after the hot summer we had some good rainfall – and now it is lush. We had a guest photographer capture some of Uccello Lane – and some old photos of how it was.

Starting with “The Bank”  everything is in flower including the wisteria, snowball trees and the lavender. Have a look at how it was in 2013 .

The edibles and kitchen garden are getting planted – and the fennel has taken over.

The birch forest with the helibores underplanted and trees with bark that look like an owl..some old pictures from 2015 – before the birches grew

The Secret Garden has a lavender hedge and a new wrought iron door to peep through – it all started with a string line and some plastic fencing…
The Rosa Arbor is in getting ready to burst – and the natives are also keen to get in on the season…
then it across to CrabApple Walk – past the dry stone wall and across to the perennial garden

Trees – Silver Birch Clopse – Every Edna Walling Garden should have one!

“Walling’s style was demonstrated with her magical method of placing silver birch trees in subtle harmony with one another, she took five potatoes from a bucket, threw them all in the same general direction and said “There!” It was no more haphazard than nature’s way.”
So we found an area at Uccello Lane that seemed perfect for the silver birch “forest. We had seen an amazing example at Alowyn where hundreds of silver birches had been planted closely together and then underplanted with hellebores. Firstly the area had to be cleared and the soil prepared. Trav’s Trees came and removed undergrowth and weed “trees”. Adam and his men from Three Colors Green prepared the soil and then Heather Allen decided on the plantings – sort of Edna Walling style!
The birches are growing and we plan to extend the area to incorporate the Pear tree and add some more Birch’s so it really does become a Birch Forest!

Birch Forest - The sign

Birch Forest – The sign

Wisteria Colonnade – it’s done and it is spectacular!

We had a wisteria that had been neglected on the back fence, but as you know that does not stop wisteria – in fact they thrive on neglect but it did not seem to flower!
So once we had the birch forest we clearly had to have one of Edna Walling’s favorite features – a Colonnade. Edna Walling loved to put in colonnades and the wisteria is an obvious choice as they are so vigorous and when in flower provide a beautiful show. After discussions and pictures, Scott Brown said “yes, he would give it a crack – sort of like a fancy pergola”. So he built it – and then he fine tuned it, added more wire, draped the wisteria over it and guess what – Yes it was a Wisteria Colonnade – PHASE ONE
It has been a couple of years in the making but yes the Wisteria Colonnade is now complete. It fits into the garden in scale and provides the feature against the back boundary where 5 Scarlet ash grow. Mary-lou’s tiles on the floor are perfect and sitting on the seat looking down over the garden is peaceful and rewarding in the early morning. The Secret Garden can be seen peeping through the Wisteria and is linked by a pathway that rambles down.

Mary-Lou Pittard Tiles

Mary-Lou Pittard Tiles