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A new border for Avocet

We recently revamped our original scree garden, replacing its wooden edge boards, topping up the slate slithers and adding a few new plants.

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Whilst doing this, the idea was hatched of making a similar bed in the long thin bed alongside the path to the garden shed door where we previously grew mint.

I shall digress a little from telling you about our new slate garden to explain why we have removed our original mint patch from its home for the last ten years. It had become overcrowded and the mints themselves had become woody. We have instead just replaced it with a new mint garden on the opposite side of the path to the shed where we have planted up 9 different varieties of mint in deep plastic containers sunk into the ground. This will hopefully stop them spreading too much. Each mint has a different scent and taste, but some do look extremely similar.

Now to go back to my story of making the slate garden. We thought it would be effective to match our recently revamped scree bed with a slate border on the opposite side of the path to the shed, mirroring the new mint patch.

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We mostly used alpine interspersed with a few choice bulbs and a compact thyme.

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We have added a few very special little plants such as this Tulbaghia in the picture above right.

While in the mood for making mini gardens we planted up two old market garden crates which we found in an antique centre with a mixture of sempervivum with different coloured leaves. We used these mini-gardens to cover an unsightly manhole cover.

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And we have a plan for another little garden – a ladder garden. When it happens I shall share it with you all.

By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

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