Birth of a Knot Garden

26 thoughts on “Birth of a Knot Garden”

  1. I am excited to see how your knot garden develops. You seem to have just the right spot for it…and to have it visible from the house just makes it more so.

  2. What a surprise! You have been quite busy this spring and it looks fantastic!
    So may exciting things coming along, so many new beds, and so many new forms to the garden. I love how you are carving it up and enclosing it to make such a comforting retreat. I think one of the best things too is that you can overlook it all so well and really get a feel for the design from up above.
    You are really bringing out the potential of that old garden, and breathing life back into the soil. What a rewarding process it must be!

    1. Nice comments Bittster, thanks! The carving up is almost dictated by the many changes in level, but because of the period of the house and the village (Renaissance) it makes complete sense here – to my relief. In a way, I don’t like seeing it all at once (which you do), so I’m trying to ‘hide’ little bits as well. We need sprightly visitors to enjoy it properly though!

  3. I love the knot garden and the glorious spring planting, fritillaries and anemones especially. Good to hear we now have something to use against box blight too. I am planning a low hedge here, box becomes a possibility again.

    1. Thanks Jessica for the thumbs up, Jessica – yes, isn’t it great about box! We do get the kind of temperatures here which ought to kill the spores in summer, but it’s not completely working. I clip a lot less than I would otherwise. I think 2013 was the year the blight really arrived in France.

  4. Lovely to see how your garden is coming on. I enjoyed the tour. Your box knot garden is very impressive, I love the design.
    I used to garden on clay and found it quite a challenge as it baked solid in Summer but I was able to grow wonderful roses. They seemed to love.

    1. Thanks Chloris. Clay is a pain, but at least it’s fertile! Yes – roses would do well here if it weren’t for our resident pests, the voles and the European chafer. So far my poor roses have battled a bit, but it was definitely better last year – here’s to June 2015!

  5. You must be thrilled to be living and working such lovely, old property. The house and gardens form an inspirational setting. The knot garden design is sure to be enjoyed since you have such a great vantage point to view it. I know you have work to do but hope it rains again so you’ll have time to write and show us your progress this spring. susie

    1. It is very beautiful, but the lovely old property does cause some sleepless nights as well – work going on inside and out at the moment and I can barely concentrate to read! Anyway – that’s what change is. I resolve to try harder re blogging – I get so tired!

  6. What an exciting project Cathy. That ariel view makes it easier to imagine what it will look like when it knits together. Great photo of the bumble bee nestling in the hellebore. What bliss!

  7. Your knot garden will be fantastic – such an interesting project for you too. It is a very intricate pattern. We made one in a very simple design and have filled it with David Austin English roses with cosmos in the summer and bulbs in Spring. It seemed to take an age to ‘join up’ though – I was very impatient!

    1. Your knot garden sounds lovely. I’m afraid ours wouldn’t really be big enough to fill with roses. But I do have them elsewhere. I think I’m going to get impatient about mine joining up too!

  8. You’ve chosen a lovely shape for your knot. You might want to read my GBFD post from 22nd April about another devastating problem with box – I think I have lost all mine, but prompt action could help. It is a caterpillar that eats box foliage.

    1. I have not been active for a while Christina – thanks for the info about your post. I will look back and read (hopefully not in horror!)

  9. This is so ambitious, and looks great so far – I’m so impressed. Nice selection of Narcissi! The conditions you are managing are indeed a real challenge. Have you considered hardy Geranium ‘Biokovo’? Or perhaps some daylilies?

    1. Thanks! Actually some existing daylilies do extremely well here – I’m not mad about them, but slowly coming round (because they are happy – go with the flow!). I like the yellows very much. I have some G. x cantabrigiensege, though not ‘Biokovo’. It looks lovely – will add to my list!

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