Summer in our Garden

Oh, summer. As I sit here with the rain absolutely pelting down outside, it seems so long ago.  Not that I'm a fan of the hot weather, you understand, but I do love the sunshine and being able to potter around in the garden. Now, I know I've waxed on about our garden before and the changes we've made to it here, but I - we - have put so much time and effort into it, I just have to share it with you again. 

To recap, when we moved in it was a complete state. The patio though large was covered in weeds and had steps down to the grassed area and a sheer drop off the side of it.  The garden was a real state having not been tended to for years, waist-high with overgrown grass and packed with weeds, brambles and ivy.  

Two big changes have taken place with the garden since moving in. The wall along the patio was rebuilt and balustrades added to make it safer for everyone.  And on the right of the photo directly below, the wall and fence have been taken down and rebuilt by the builders who have purchased the land next to us. The patio still needs to be relaid as bricks have been taken out and its sunk in places but it is usable and safer than it was.

Last year was the first real year of having my own garden to tend to and I was completely clueless about it. This year, I had a much better idea of what I wanted to achieve and, whilst its not perfect, its certainly a lot closer to the vision I had compared to last year.  I wanted country garden - lots of traditional plants of differing heights, packed in and full of colour. When the builders replaced the fence I was quite worried I would lose the existing plants so it was a relief to see they survived.  So, in the borders we have some climbing rose bushes, lavender, delphiniums, marigolds, snapdragons, lupin, cornflowers, gladioli, foxgloves and hydrangea... I think that's everything!   I still didn't get it quite right in terms of getting the positioning right but overall I'm still really pleased with it. 

As well as concentrating on the plants, we have made a few other additions. The children have a playhouse, trampoline and swings to play on.  And then, at the end of the garden is the change that I think I'm most pleased with.  Here's how it looked before:

And here's how it looks with the newest addition:

Isn't it lovely?  The garden is a complete sun trap and whilst the kids love playing outside, I hated being out there with them as there was nowhere shaded for me to sit.  I had been looking at garden arbors to pop in the corner but then D saw this and we thought we might as well pay a little extra for it.  Not only does it look lovely, if I do say so myself, the shed also covers the corner of the garden that I was really unable to do anything with as it was too awkward to plant anything in it and keep it weeded - that and the next-door neighbour's cats were using it as a litter tray.  

Now, I just need to get some more use out of it before it gets too cold to sit in there! 

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