When I was younger weekends used to be spent tearing around the shops and buying a new dress or two. A few years on things have changed dramatically, and now I like to spend my weekends collecting China – Emma Bridgewater or pretty tea sets, shopping for plants and being a busy bee in my garden. I have to say I’m so glad I have changed, I feel at home in the garden, and love to enjoy a cup of Green Tea out of an Emma Bridgewater cup, whilst taking in the sights and sounds of my planted sanctuary.I thought I would share my happy place with you and the changes and updates, which are continuously happening!
My garden is relatively small but with a full time job it’s a nice size to potter about in. I have a small patch of lawn and two miniature borders at the front of the house next to our drive. At the back of our house is my bigger but still small garden. In here I have a nice sized lawn and quite a few borders as well as a strip of patio.
When we moved in nearly two years ago the previous tenants weren’t really gardeners (which is fair enough), so the garden was covered in cigarette butts (disgusting but true), an Acer tree, a couple of shrub bushes and a ground covering plant that I keep shipping off to my mums garden (as she loves it). We also inherited a lovely Montana ‘Elizabeth’ climber and a variegated tree that were well established, planted from the original home owner of previous years. Although it wasn’t a completely blank canvas we treated it as though it was, as it had been unloved for many years and needed some TLC!
Once we had stripped away the choking, ground cover plant, we set about the weeds and dug over all the soil. Unfortunately a lot of the borders contain old broken bits of glass, china, stones etc so we tried to remove as much as we could from the soil. From here we had a nice canvas to work with! My mum kindly divided some of her plants and supplied us last year with young seedlings from her garden. We began to fill the borders and create interest in the garden and also filled the patio with pots brimming with plants to fill the stark grayness of the slabs.
From there the garden has grown and with it so has my interest. I believe I am a garden magpie picking up colourful or interesting plants most places that I go – my partner despairs as I’m always coming home with plants! This year I have sown a lot of seeds and bought myself a little greenhouse. The wonder of nature has interested me even more, as I have been discovering seedlings popping up everyday! I’m hoping to get a bumper crop of flowers and veg from my seedlings this year, so I will keep you updated on my progress!
Please comment, say hi or let me know any tips or advice you have! I’d love to hear from you!