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The bed in front of the house was the first one I planted up; the main structure went in late December 2017.

It's a mixed border including: Buddleja nivea, Rubus phoenicolasius, Salix helvetica, Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem', Zanthoxylum stenophyllum, Ribes sanguineum 'Albescens' Rosa sericea subsp. omeiensis f. pteracantha,
Rosa setipoda, Rosa 'Edith Holden' several different Pinus, Mahonia and Euonymus, Miscanthus (x4), Deschampsia and Stipa, Geranium, Chrysanthemum, Veronicastrum, Echinacea, Kniphofia, Astelia, Melianthus major, Arum creticum, Muscari, Galanthus.

On the other side of the drive is the large weeping willow from which the property gets its name. This was pollarded in March 2019 and I intend to keep it pruned in a Japanese style (which involves annual thinning).

I also inherited a group of conifers which have since been re-shaped in a Japanese style, and new plantings have been introduced in front including: Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula', Magnolia liliflora nigra, Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star', Magnolia 'Daphne', Crataegus laevigata 'Pink Corkscrew', several MahoniasBupleurum fruticosum, Aster ageratoides and 'Harrington's Pink', Molinia 'Transparent', Panicum 'Warrior' and Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'

Plans taking shape in late 2020 involve a drastic cut-back of the overgrown area adjacent to the road and replanting. I hope in early 2021 to create a substantial moon gate (actually Chinese in origin) ... watch this space!

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