Since the start of 2015, the garden has gone through a lot of changes. When we first got to the house, the garden was an empty patch of (slightly dead) grass, with no borders, no life and no soul. This had to change, so within about 4 weeks of being in, the work began.
We started by planning (on a very basic level) how the garden was going to look. When I say basic, I mean basic. The master planning session started with a few coloured pencils, a rubber and an empty bin for the rubbish ideas.
Once we’d finished the plan, the digging began. Bearing in mind it was mid-February, it wasn’t the most pleasant of tasks, considering the most of the garden at this point was waterlogged, claggy clay soil. So much fun, not!
Come summer time, we’d finished the borders and filled them with all lots of lovely plants, perennials to annuals, shrubs to smaller bulbs. We thought it looked amazing, and the bees loved it.
We learnt our lesson soon after though. Working full time jobs and trying to maintain a garden choc-full of plants that needed daily care was hard, it was really hard. We’d never had a garden of this size before, so it was a challenge.
It was a brilliant summer though; we loved it. Coming through into Autumn, the garden started to die down a little bit, but still, we knew that it would. What I wish we’d thought about was how the garden would look come winter. All we could see was mud, with a few lonely Cordylines shivering in the winter rain.
I know, I know, this is something we should have thought of to start with, but we were so excited and new to having an ACTUAL garden with ACTUAL soil, we didn’t think that far ahead.
We made the most common mistake for all new gardeners, we bought because the plant looked pretty in the shop, and didn’t’ think about the long-term. Silly, silly, silly mistake to make.
So we’ve learnt our lessons this year. We’ve been more selective with the plants we’ve included in the borders. We’ve got evergreen plants for height, texture and interest including (to name just a few) Pampus grasses, Cordylines and ferns.
Most of our new planting this year has been in containers on the patio. We’ve included a small(ish) container pond to add another element to the garden. There’s a lot more lavender this year (again in pots) to help attract more bees to the garden.
We’ve left the borders mainly to their own devices this year, and the perennials are starting to spring through. The Salvias are coming back, all the Lupins we planted last year have made a new reappearance, and the Buddleja has put on a spurt of new growth.
It’s now coming into Summer (hopefully) 2016, and the garden is still growing. We’re still learning every weekend we head out (weather permitting), and we get so much joy seeing the garden come together.
So there we go, that’s just a bit about the garden so far. We don’t plan to move for a while, so fingers crossed the garden keeps giving us as much pleasure as it has since day 1.
Hope you enjoyed, and I’d love to hear your from you about your own gardening journey. How did it start, and how did you catch the gardening bug?