We bought our new family home in February this year. We moved from a tiny terrace house (with only a paved yard) which we had long since grown out of, in to this 3 bed family home with a garden. From day one I loved the place and have never looked back. We still have a lot of work to do both inside and out but that rarely bothers me as we have gained so much. Some days I have to pinch myself that this really is my garden. Gone is the tiny, north facing yard (which only got sun light for half the day between May and early September), next to the very noisy main road. Instead we have grass, space for the toddler to play, bird songs and pretty flowers. If the toddler had her way, we’d be out there all day, rain or shine.
The garden is a complete blank canvas. The lawn is a great space for the toddler to run around on but I want to create some planting areas too. As a first time gardener, with limited time I have decided to take it slow. For this year I have stuck to planting in pots whilst I work out which areas of the garden get sunshine and when (it’s north facing but so far it seems to get a lot of sun) and also while I decide what I want to grow. So far we have unexpectedly had to replace the fence down one side due to the strong winds that came shortly after we moved in. We’ve added a picnic bench, wash line (not great to look at but so useful, I’m amazed at how much easier drying is now), a play house for the toddler and lots of pots of plants.
Just outside the kitchen door I’ve planted a small container of my favorite herbs – Rosemary, thyme, sage and chives. I’ve also got two hanging baskets of strawberries and a climbing frame where I am trying to grow green beans.
I’ve also planted (near the bottom of the garden, visible in the first photo) a red currant plant in a container and I have two pots of irises (which I have my doubts about as they are barely more than blades of grass) and one full of anemones. I love the anemones which are only just starting to flower. Already I have a small jam jar on my kitchen table with a few in. One of my big dreams is to have a garden full of flowers that I can cut and display around the house. I’m thinking of digging up the tiny lawn at the front of the house and using that space to grow flowers for cutting but that s a whole other post. Linking up with Mammasaurus – How does your garden grow?