It’s time. Time to get out there into the garden and start to make it pretty. The weather has been wonderful recently and it makes you want to go out there. So in honour of the start of the season I took a few pictures to show what it looks like before.
I may have mentioned it before but one of the reasons we bought this house was because of the garden. By normal semi-detatched standards it is larger than average and we were thrilled about the prospect of creating a beautiful garden. After nearly 10 years it has its good bits and its not so good and its finished and not so finished areas. As with anything like a garden it evolves and changes without your intervention and things don’t grow and others take over.
This is looking towards the house down a strip of grass between the twin borders. These are a mixture of shrubs and perennials. And don’t quite look at their best here!
This a view from the patio up the garden. When we moved in there was an enormous Hebe in the middle of that bed running up the left of the shot. We have trimmed and pruned and hacked it back and this winter it decided enough and died on us. Gav was thrilled as he never thought it should have been left there in the first place. I’m a bit sad mainly for the birds that used it as a stop off on their way to the feeder. But they’ll use something else and getting rid of the Hebe means potential for new stuff -which is good.
We moved those two recliners to the middle of the lawn about four years ago and have sat on them probably three times since. We are not very good at looking after garden furniture and they are in real need of a good sand down and treatment with teak oil.
You can see the wooden greenhouse a the right of the picture. That too needs constant looking after but we wanted a pretty wooden one so you have to take care of it or else accept that one day it will fall to bits. Also for a greenhouse its not really in the right place! A bit too much shade but……. that’s where it is so we get on with it.
We are looking from the patio in front of the greenhouse from this shot. We have grand plans for a brick path to lead from the greenhouse to the kitchen garden – its a work in progress (only two years). We have two apple trees surrounded by box hedging that give us great blossom and apples too. They were planted 7 years ago.
After 10 years having an allotment we gave it up a couple of years ago and turned the bottom of the garden into a kitchen garden.I call it that but really it doesn’t live up to the fancy name. Maybe one day!But what it does do is give us great veg and I really wouldn’t be without my own veg for some of the year. It is true that you can taste the difference with most vegetable grown at home. There are four large beds and six smaller ones.
Like good veg growers we rotate the crops to lessen the impact of pests and diseases. My sister kindly dug that far bed over for me the other day when she came to visit!
Gardening is food for the soul. It is also hard work and never finished. We don’t spend enough time out there to get it perfect but that’s okay.
It is what it is and we love it.