Saturday, December 01, 2012

a late autumn garden, one year on

it's been a year and a few weeks since we moved to this house and one of the main projects i've had on the go is our back garden. i love gardening and it's been wonderful to finally have a space to shape as i please and make my own. it's a small but manageable spot bearing in mind i have a giant allotment 60 seconds away and i'm proud to say i've made this on a tight budget. it's slowly coming together and i can't wait until next summer.

the top two pics show it how it is today, i had a cottage/secret garden in mind, the borders are edged with found materials all of which were either laying around or dug up in the garden. there were flints, old bricks and roof tiles, pieces of marble and victorian garden edging. these have all been lightly set into the soil so i can reshape areas if i need to. the plants were a mixture of ones i've accumulated over the years from previously rented houses which i brought with me like sedums, ferns and aquilegias. some were already growing here or sprung up after i dug some areas over such as foxgloves, feverfew and lemon balm. luckily there were a couple of mature trees and a grape vine already in place to give some structure. others have been grown from seed to fill the gaps such as all kinds of poppies, bronze fennel and sea hollies. i'm still waiting for some shrubs to grow up around the boundaries to make it more private but they will grow in time.

money has only really been spent on gravel, a few shrubs and some packs of seeds and i would estimate that i've spent less than £100 in total, all i need now is time for it to mature and start rambling.

pic three is mid-summer - still a work in progress and experimenting, one day some giant buddleias will hide our neighbor's solar panels!

pic four is how it was when we moved in - patchy grass and weeds ugh!

it's been a transformation that's for sure and i'll be doing some updates over time to show its progress, i hope you like it!

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