My Semi Wild Spring Garden

When I came to live here I decided to work with nature and what was here already to make a semi wild nature garden. I have to work with what will grow because of the weather and site conditions. So I tend to let things self seed and if it grows in dry shade and will withstand the wind the plants are more or less left to themselves. I do weed out some things like soldiers buttons and avens. My semi wild garden is at it’s best at this time of year,

We do have a lot of trees and bushes so there is a lot of dry shade.
.The bluebells in my woodland corner don’t seem to mind as they are self seeding, soon there will be a bluebell wood, albeit a small wood.

P1500191I love seeing the fern fronds unfurl.

P1500192And the sunny faces of Welsh poppies, I wonder how something so delicate can survive in such a windy garden.


Granny’s bonnets self seed everywhere, they look so pretty with the cow parsley which has self seeded from the wild.P1500197

I know these are not native bluebells but they still look very pretty.

P1500198I like to let the plants join together to form a rich tapestry, I love all the leaf textures, also it gives the voles some protection even if they do eat my wild strawberries.

P1500195Here are my neighbours who came to say hello while I was out in the garden.

P1500189Having watched Chelsea this week, drooling over the plants and gardens, I decided to buy this hydrangea Runaway Bride from Thompson and Morgan for the edge of my woodland garden.

qI think I might plant it near the footpath where my hostas and daylilies grow.


I’ve updated this post, it’s a week since I wrote it, now my bluebells have gone over, the wind got up yesterday and damaged a lot of plants, you would think it was Autumn the number of leaves lying around. That’s how it is gardening here unfortunately. But I cut few leaves and flowers to try out some eco dyeing yesterday , it didn’t work as well as I hoped but it was fun. I need to play some more but might tell you about it later.

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12 Responses to My Semi Wild Spring Garden

  1. Helen says:

    Beautiful! I have a lot of the same issues with fast draining soil, pine trees and a salt wind off the sea! (More like gales a lot of the time 😖). Your garden looks a great deal better than mine though…

  2. Oh your wild garden is so beautiful….. Eco dying I want to have a go at that…. Did you boil the pages? Did you put white vinegar in the mix? Alum helps too.

    • eganj1 says:

      Yes I steamed them but just with water. I have some more steaming now with vinegar and rusty water. I found a great blog called Threadborne on WordPress.

      • You Tube is brilliant just search Eco dying paper you’ll have lots of tuts about it. You need a big saucepan if poss and boil them. Better with heavy weight paper though I think it stands up to boiling better.

  3. eganj1 says:

    I am using a wok this tie as I can lay the paper in flat. YouTube is brilliant, I will have a look. I want to do so e on textiles next

  4. Jill Varga says:

    Have you tried hammering plants onto white or coloured cloth? Some plants leave beautiful stains in their own shape. Just iron to set the colour. Than you can add embroidery.

  5. eganj1 says:

    I have heard a out this Jillian but not tried it yet

  6. alysen55 says:

    Your semi-wild garden is nice and colorful. I like seeing the name differences between British & American English. I also leave areas wild tho I have a MUCH smaller yard than you appear to have. We have hedgehogs in the evenings and I like to throw apple cores out in those areas for them and any other critters.

  7. eganj1 says:

    Hi Alysen it’s wonderful having hedgehogs in your garden, we do have them visit now and then but I think they prefer the hedgerows as I don’t see them that often

  8. Laney says:

    I have loved the Chelsea flower show too and was delighted to see that one of my favourite ‘smiley’ colours, the humble and much avoided, yellow is the colour of the year. Your garden is beautiful. I too favour the more rustic natural look, one because I am always out of time to do all that weeding and up keep – I have a big garden – and two because of all the lovely creatures the more rural garden attracts. x

  9. eganj1 says:

    Yes Laney, creatures in the garden are a my priority. But actually seeing them in the undergrowth is much more of a challenge. I have had so much variety over the years including a stoat family and red squirrel

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