A Garden in Progress

Tulip Ballerina

Winter often seems like the longest season in our part of the world, and it always feels like such a relief to see leaves on the trees again, and tulips and daffodils in full bloom in April. The Easter Bank Holiday coincided with a spell of warm, sunny weather and we’ve spent most of our long weekend in the garden. April is always a busy time of year in the garden, heralding a period of growth and change, but we’ve also enjoyed just sitting out in the sunshine taking it all in and anticipating the growing season ahead.

As much as I enjoy visiting public gardens and flower shows, I often find more inspiration from my fellow garden bloggers and I love seeing real gardens with washing lines, water butts and compost bins, as these are all signs of use and life often missing from landscaped and designed gardens. Our washing line cuts across the garden, and I’m hoping that when our garden is more established it will be less obvious, but in the meantime I’ve create little miniature flowerbeds around the base of the poles. I’ve planted tete-a-tete daffodils that I bought reduced at a local garden center in them, and I’m also hoping to train sweet peas up the trellis.

Fed up battling against the challenging conditions in the border under the hedge, we decided to move part of the L-shaped flowerbed turning it into a T-shape, it’s still in full-sun but plants won’t have to compete with the hedge roots now, and as a bonus we can trim the hedge without all the branches and leaves falling on the bed below.

Our garden will never win any awards, but it’s an eclectic patchwork of our experiments and whimsies, and it brings us an enormous amount of pleasure and fulfillment. Happy Easter and have a lovely week! X

14 thoughts on “A Garden in Progress

    1. Thanks, love having our own garden and we’re trying to have plants that flower at different times of the year because we have a relatively short summer and a long winter in Scotland. πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ˜Š

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  1. I know what you mean about real gardens. I have a washing line across the back garden too. I like the idea of putting a feature round it. But then I remember Boris…who loves to pull the laundry of the line and would probably trample through the flowers…lol πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha! Boris sounds like a little garden menace. ☺ We have our fair share of them between sparrows taking dirt baths in the flower beds, squirrels digging up the bulbs and the odd neighbourhood cat using it as litter tray. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

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  2. I so agree about the glossy magazine gardens with no sign of real life in them – no bins, no stuff, no shed, no compost bins. I like the look of your garden and agree that the best times can be spent in our own plot rather than visiting perfect gardens belonging to other people. A bit of both I suppose.

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