Whenever I’ve written about the garden at home, so far I’ve concentrated on the hard landscaping and the styling. I’ve really enjoyed starting a garden from scratch. And although it was daunting at first when faced with a brown fence, red brick, and a patch of not very good lawn, I’ve really enjoyed designing the space and watching it develop. Plus, I have never claimed to be a green fingered so I’ve always left the planting side of gardening out of it. Although I do try.
But something magical has started to happen.
Climbers have started to flourish and clamber up the brick walls. Jasmine is winding its way round the struts of the pergola. And it’s flowering. Profusely. Hydrangeas I’ve planted against the grey painted fence are now getting huge. And they have so many buds on them, I’m frankly amazed. My strawberries are producing so much fruit I am eating a bowl a day. Encouraged, I have planted annuals in pots, in the window box, anywhere there is a gap.
Fresh herbs from the garden mean I can nip out and snip some off whenever I’m cooking.
Last year I bought two trees (some kind of conifer) which were reduced in price as they were in such a bad way. I nursed them back to health but then thought the winter had killed them off. A few months later and they look amazing. I wish I knew what they were. In fact with the exception of three pots of black stemmed bamboo everything looks green and healthy. Not sure what to do about them?
I think what I’m trying to say. Is that, if I can do it. Anyone can.
Next year we’re planning a large raised bed so that we can actually grow things in the ground. I may even try vegetables. I know I want some more specimen plants too. A jungle of green.
And now that the hard edges of the garden are beginning to blur with all this greenery, everything looks so much better. It’s a pleasure to wander round every morning, coffee in hand. And relax in the evening just before the sun goes down. Even better after rain.
I may earn my green fingers badge yet.