I know, it’s not a very British thing to be very proud of one’s self but I am actually very proud of my garden. It has taken a long time for us to be in a place with a garden to call our own and I have revelled in working in it, choosing plants to provide blooms all year and setting up our raised beds.
|Our lovely sized garden – enough size for kids and mummy to play in!|
Saying this, it hasn’t all been easy work. We have been here for 1 ½ years. When we first moved in the garden was in a reasonable condition but the border was full of weeds, cherry and sycamore seeds had taken root and all number of smaller weeds that I don’t know the name of but just know (through growing up with parents and grandparents who garden) that they are weeds. As we had moved in the September I did a little work in the garden that year but then it got left until the spring. We revelled in the swaying daffodils as they raised their heads and were stunned when the big shrubby thing in the corner turned out to be a large forsythia and the two clematis came into flower. But, there was one particular weed that was through the whole border, even winding its way into the grass; it’s roots deeper than the sycamore seedlings roots and the top shooting out runners like a strawberry plant! Even after a year of uprooting this plant it is still the most prevalent plant in my border!
|My nemesis – if anyone knows what this is please help!|
More hard work was needed to create our raised beds, constructed out of scaffolding boards that I acquired in exchange for 11 cups of tea and about 20 spoons of sugar. I had a, not so willing, helper who constructed the beds for me and it was a team effort to dig out the beds which we then filled with a rather large number of bags of compost and topsoil but I am very proud of our results. We have onions, garlic and broad beans in one bed and strawberries, beetroot and carrots in the second large one. There is nothing in the small bed yet, either potatoes or courgettes? We can’t decide, we have both to put in but really need some more space!
Onions, garlic and broad beans in one of our big beds – with rhubarb in the pots at the back.
Really and truly, saying that we need more space, I really don’t think we do! I am proud of the progress I have made in this last year and a half as I know we have so much to look forward to over the coming year, the crops we will harvest and all the flowers and herbs in the border will continue to amaze us but there are still areas of the garden that I just don’t have the time to tackle.
|My patch of weeds – I am hoping to turn this into a wild flower patch|
Thankfully I have enough good parts of my garden to be proud of so these small areas of weeds can be mostly overlooked. I will continue to try to do a little work in the garden every day and will continue to be proud of all my efforts.
Do you have flowers, or fruit & veg, or both in your garden? Which part of your garden are you most proud of? What are you looking forward to coming up next in your garden?
|These bluebells are the latest thing that I am so proud of – just emerging out of the stones|
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