Our new garden was one of the things that I loved when we first viewed this house. Apart from being just the right size, it is also enclosed, so Jessica (and later, Alice) will be able to play out there while I am in the kitchen. I worry it makes me sound like I am planning to abandon her out there all day, but really I just want her to be able to explore on her own when she wants to.
The kitchen windows look out into the garden, and there are french doors out too.
The first third of the garden is decked, and is edged with a flower bed which I plan to fill with snowdrops, crocuses, and daffodils. There is an arbour to one side, covered with a peach climbing rose which has the most heavenly scent.
Next there is grass to one side (with a swing for Jessica) a gravel path, and then to the other side an apple tree, a pear tree, and a fuschia. I am so excited about the fruit trees!
The last portion of the garden has raised beds and a little bin store. The gravel path leads to the back gate, which opens onto a little passage which leads round to our garage.
The garden which backs on to ours has a large tree, which makes a beautiful backdrop to the garden as well as giving us some privacy, and for now at least doesn’t seem to be blocking our light.
I need to decide how we will cut the grass…it is a small area and a lawnmower seems overkill, as well as there being nowhere to easily store one. We have on our list of garden jobs to clean and seal the decking, and plant in the spring bulbs, as well as looking for a table and comfortable chairs so we can eat outside.
When we visited a local nature reserve a month or two ago, they were selling small chairs and stepping stones made from little logs. I’d like to get some of those, too.
I love the idea of being able to follow the seasons on our very own garden stage, of feeding the birds, picking the apples and pears, watching the tree shed its leaves, the seasons turning again and again.
For now it is so lovely to be able to just walk out of the kitchen door, sip my tea, and breathe in the fresh air.