Those of you who have followed me here in Cornwall from my Travel blog or Flower blog will know how much I have longed for a garden of my own having lived in a flat for five years followed by a town house with limited outside space, and may be curious to see what my new garden looks like.
It is a mature garden so has many established plants already and it has been a case of trying to identify what is there, and what has arrived there via the nearby hedgerows which are stuffed full of wild flowers.
When we bought the house the rear garden looked like this:
In April there were some signs of life, but most of the trees and shrubs were bare:
By early May things were starting to emerge and green up; forget-me-nots were prolific and the raised beds which were rotten and broken were full of weeds:
By mid-May things were on the up with some recognisable flowers in the garden:
And at the end of May things were very different, especially in the veggie patch as reinforcements arrived from Surrey together with rotary saws, sledge hammer, electric drills. Wood was bought and new raised beds created, weeds were gone (at least in this area). New roof felt was bought and shed is now watertight so tools can be safely stored. The trees are green, several clematis, some hardy geraniums, arum lilies, yellow irises are flowering and a few roses are in bud. I have replanted some of my pot plants and they are doing well in their new positions.
I found an old butler sink hidden among an overgrown clematis and had this moved on to the patio where I turned it into a succulent garden.
The raised beds and new veggie patch:
and an overview of the garden.
There is still lots to do. Some plants are growing so fast that they are becoming out of control. A jasmine needs drastic pruning as the weight of it is pulling it to the ground. A honeysuckle has yet to flower, an exotic Chile Lantern tree (Crinodendron hookerianum) may need to be moved as a Goat Willow is overshadowing it and there are still several unidentified plants biding their time until I decide whether they stay or go. My herb and salad garden has been started – sage, thyme, chives and rosemary already planted and courgettes and kale sown. Tomatoes, strawberries and rhubarb in the other bed along with some sweet-peas. Plenty of seeds to sow. And it looks as though I am going to be overrun with self-seeding nasturtiums!
Having recently read an article outlying the advantages of gardening on your health I can wholeheartedly say that I am truly in love with my garden and hopefully by next year, I will be a lot fitter!