Flashback Friday–Jan. 8, 2016

With the back garden torn from stem to stern and a new digging project scheduled for today, I’ve been reminiscing about my previous sunny garden and how to incorporate some of the features I loved about that space into the shady garden here.


Previous garden, July 2008–View of the back garden from the house. There was also a cottage garden around the front porch, a woodland garden, and a tiny vegetable plot which you can just spy in the left of this photo.

I’ve made considerable progress with my plans this week thanks to a number of new books acquired just before the end of the year.  Here’s a peek at what I’ve been reading.

Food for thought...

Food for thought…

21 thoughts on “Flashback Friday–Jan. 8, 2016

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Christina–Yes, I agree. I have most all of Chatto’s books and the shade information is very helpful for challenges here. In fact, after the September tour to the Cotswolds and London, I stayed an extra day with a couple of friends to visit her garden. It was amazing. I’m so glad I finally got to see it after all these years of reading and dreaming about it.

      1. Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

        One of the dearest books on my garden book shelves in the letters on Life and Gardening between Beth Chatto & Christopher Lloyd….Dear Friend and Gardener. I know you must have read it. If you missed it, go straight out and buy it.

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Eliza–I do miss the old garden sometimes, especially in the early mornings. In summer, I used to have my first cup of coffee in a rocking chair on the porch where the photo was taken.


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