Over the last few weeks, I have been spending lots more time in my garden. We saved up a couple of years ago and last year had the garden re-landscaped to a design of mine. It had been devastating over the last few years as the amount of rain increased and the time taken for the water to drain increased with it. At some points I think we were flooded for several months at a time. We even had a regular heron visitor, but the icing on the cake was when we had a pair of mallard ducks swimming around where the lawn had once been!
We took the decision to do something which had to include some drainage solution and I put together a few sketches of ideas we could work with. It was certainly a big plan and one we couldn’t have done ourselves, but our landscaper was fantastic and he was able to do all the drainage works and (with a few modifications) put my sketches into place.
The garden has now been put into zones. We have a patio (using stones from the original garden), a border, a wildlife area and a grassy arbour with seat (daughter’s zone). And I love it. It’s such a great space to be and somewhere I’m thrilled I have in the current times.
We reused as much as we possibly could from the garden -well what had managed to survive the constant waterlogging anyway and it’s been great since to see what is popping up around the place. Some of the offcuts from the sleepers used to raise the zones were used to make a seat and a little raised bed which we planted with strawberries and they are doing fantastically this year – we planted the runners from the original plants and they are obviously happy.
Equally happy are the cats. This is Lily enjoying the sleepers, we often find her hiding under the plants or rolling about on the lawn, which is also doing well now we have better drainage.
My wildlife pond looks good too. I’m amazed how much life there is in it considering it’s only been there for a year. We have found several frogs and newts too, as well as lots of little bug life – pond skaters, water boatmen and whirly-gig beetles are a regular sight.
I have taken the time to plant some seeds this year too. We have a patio up by the house and the rest of the garden is down a few steps and as we face south it is a fabulous sun trap. So I have decided to see what comes up from several old packets of seeds from the garage. I love poppies and I was pleased to see this little beauty pop up in a trough of seeds for the bees – although not much else seems to be joining it at the moment.
Before we ended up in lockdown, I bought some seeds from Aldi which had several different vegetables and herbs in. I only planted these broad beans about a week ago and they are already showing their faces.
I am so pleased with the way everything is growing so well this Spring. And I hope I will see some more flowers soon as well as the blossom on the trees. Fingers crossed we also get some rain to add to all the sunshine as I could do with a few days indoors catching up with all my indoor projects too!
Stay safe and happy crafting