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!
What an interesting post – it’s a great idea to show us how things have developed since you moved in. Your garden looks lovely and to have open countryside behind you is a huge bonus – I would love to have that. You have done a wonderful job with it so far and must feel very pleased with yourself when you sit on your patio admiring your handiwork. 🙂
No time for sitting yet Elaine. Still some weeds to clear from under the hazel corkscrew and then I need to tackle the courtyard entrance where a Virginia creeper is going haywire!
Your energy and enthusiasm are putting me to shame when I look at my weedy garden. The results so far are amazing!
I’m almost winning the battle with the weeds, but the snails or possibly caterpillars are eating my lilies!
Curse those little herbivores!!
Found the culprit – a snail – but he’s pretty much destroyed that plant.
I bet he’s a chubby little devil.
You’d think so wouldn’t you? But actually he wasn’t all that big. Makes you wonder how snails digest all that material.
Oh Jude, I wanted to pop in over and see you before I disappear from blogland, and I’m so glad I didn’t miss this post! Your house and garden is so beautiful, and those views…wow! I hope you keep a chair spare for when I drop by, Pimms in hand (or would you prefer bubbly?) LOL! You have a shed now, yay! Next, a summerhouse perhaps? I love the way you’ve shown us the changes since you first viewed it, and your new raised veggie gardens look great. How wonderful for you to have your own garden again after all this time. I know how I felt when I finally got my own English garden again, so I’m dancing with you! I smiled when you mentioned about your jasmine getting too heavy and your honeysuckle. I put in both not long after we moved 8 years ago as well as a rambling rose, all close together, to provide privacy against the fence and created a trellised archway down some steps to the bottom part of the garden. Earlier today hubby and I were out there cutting a lot of it back is was like a jungle!! And it definitely keeps you fitter. Have a wonderful summer in your new home my friend 🙂 xx
Aw, thanks for popping by Sherri. I still covert a summerhouse – who knows, maybe I can find space for a wee one. The veggie beds have now been painted to match the conservatory and are full of weeds! How come the weeds grow and the ‘proper’ plants don’t? Saying that the lettuces have grown and some radishes are coming through and the birds are enjoying the strawberries. Had to hack the jasmine back again today – my that is rampant stuff! Maybe I’ll get a few flowers from it, but I shall have to hack it right back at the end of the summer. Let’s hope we get some hot weather Sherri so we can sit outside and enjoy both our little patches of paradise 😀
Cheers my friend!
Tell me about those darn weeds, more than ever this year it seems. Must be all the rain. Yes, I agree,this must the year for rampart jasmine growth, I’ve had to cut mine right back for the first time in the summer! Hopefully you will soon have some flowers, mine is going to soon I think, pretty creamy ones and smells divine. I’ll take a pic when I get back and send it to you. Oh let’s hope for some hot weather…raining this Monday morning as I type 😦 But supposed to get better in the week. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect spot for your summerhouse one day…but I’m just so happy for you that you have a shed at last! I love how tucked away it is…and again, your view is stunning! Enjoy your beautiful garden this summer Jude no matter the weather and I’ll be in touch soon! Cheers back to you my friend! xxxx
So glad I saw and read this in January 2017–loved to see the process unfold. Lucky gal! 🙂
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