Things that are doing well for us at the moment in the garden are:
A climbing rose (Treasure Trove) and clematis (Crystal Fountain) that we put in last year. (I am a novice gardener, but somewhere in the back of my head, I dredged up the thought that roses like clay. Clay, we can provide.) I bought both at Chepstow Garden Centre and chose them because they looked really healthy plants. We haven't seen them flower yet, so we are looking foward to that.
Snapdragons, which I put into the front garden after originally having them as bedding plants in a tub. Lots of fun for small boys, these.
Shasta (or Oxeye) daisy. This loved it last year, and looks set to be a stunner again.
Lamb's ears and lavender planted by the landscapers are both doing great and the bees love them.
We have yet to see how our veggies turn out, but hope for a good harvest. We have a slug cafe going (rather than the more lethal slug pub) and combine two techniques to keep the naughty nibblers at bay: putting horticultural grit around them (from Light Fantastic) and putting kitchen scraps (especially cucumber) as an alternative, then releasing them to a more spacious and airy residence over 100 yards away. I hope they appreciate their escape to the country. I was putting them in the green bin, but had qualms of conscience. Besides, the children of the slugs were small enough to escape into the Promised Land of baby carrot plants in the raised bed next door.
Any tips for Oakdale gardens? Let me know and I'll start a gardening page.