When we took on our house, we also took on a rather neglected garden. At some point in the past it had been much loved and cherished, but it hasn’t been looked after for the last few years, apart from some small attempts at tidying up. In short, the garden is a mess – not the sort of unusable mess, but its looking tired and unloved.
Previously Michael and I lived in a cottage with no garden, after that we moved into a house with a garden come jungle which we dug up and made very low maintenance, allowing us to enjoy the summer sun with minimal effort, so gardening is pretty new to us.
We have a beautiful outside space here, which has at some point been landscaped with flower beds and planted nicely. It incorporates 2 patios, with crumbling patio furniture, and a spacious lawn, as well as a gravelled area with fruit bushes and a water feature that appears to have stopped working some time back. Then down the side of the house there is a fenced of area with 3 raised
vegetable weed beds, a dilapidated greenhouse and a large shed. We’ve also inherited enough plastic plant pots to open our own garden centre.
The garden was one of the features that really stood out for us, being on a corner plot its a lot larger than we are used to and we knew it would take a lot of work – however I am shocked to say how much we are enjoying making it our own.
Michael has claimed the vegetable garden down the side of the house, and he’s doing a cracking job. He’s made frames for the raised beds to keep the local birds and cats out when we finally start planting, he’s started digging out the weeds and has fetched a load of top soil to top them up. Next on his list is fixing the greenhouse. It has a lot of panels missing, but most of them are there and we have both been trying to generally tidy up. It is made much easier by the fact that we have a fortnightly garden waste collection, although there was also a lot of old garden waste bagged up that was left behind, so its taking a while to clear.
And while Michael has been busy with that, I have been concentrating on the back, I’ve added hanging baskets for a splash of colour and started turning over the weed ridden flower beds, as well as general tidying and adding in some bird feeders. I’ve started painting up the old wooden furniture, and we’ve ordered some new lights to replace the ones that no longer work. I’ve also added in some more gravel to one area which was looking a little bare and have started planting herbs and strawberries in planters too. Its lovely seeing all the plants and flowers coming into bloom, and of course they are all a complete surprise as we have no idea what has previously been planted.
There is a very long way to go and we’ve barely touched the surface, but it is a vast improvement from when we moved in and I am finding that I really enjoy spending time in the garden. Hopefully next spring will be a lot easier and quicker than this year – and I am really excited about spending the summer in a lovely garden that we have worked so hard to achieve.
Last weekend we had not only our first BBQ of the year, but also our first BBQ in our new home – I am sure it will be the first of many!