If you're anything like me you love to have a nose around other people's houses and gardens. When I lived in London I loved walking home at dusk, when the lights go on but no one shuts their curtains and you can have a really good gawk at their basement kitchen or gorgeous sitting room. If that sounds like something you'd do too you might be interested to see a bit of my garden. It was recently featured in Garden Answers magazine - you can see the full article here. (I soooo wish I'd put a scarf on - but when they arrived I had no idea I was going to be in the pictures and after that there wasn't time!)
These pictures were taken back in October, when everything was starting to fade. Despite that I'm quite proud of my little garden. When we bought this house is was basically a concrete yard with a car port and a patch of grass with a washing line in it. Several skips of concrete and a good few tonnes of top soil later and I started my garden from scratch. That was in 2008. Now it's full of roses and hydrangeas. There's a playhouse for the boys being swamped by an over grown buddleja and a bed full of overgrown shrubs that this year will be getting a harsh pruning. And of course a veg bed, which is currently full of weeds and awaiting a digging over and some compost.
That's Greg from Garden Answers telling me it's not too late to train my apple trees against the wall in some kind of espalier.
I have visions of a glorious cottage garden full of veg and gorgeous flowers that I can cut stem after stem off of to put in vases all over the house. This time of year the bulbs are just pushing through and the warmer weather has me itching to get planning and planting. I have big plans for the verandah too. I'm hoping to put in an old butler sink and a worktop made of reclaimed scaffolding boards. Some comfy chairs, an outdoor sisal rug and some lovely cushions and blankets so I can sit outside in a bit of comfort while the boys play.
So I've been turning to Pinterest for inspiration. I LOVE Pinterest - it's such a great place to find and save ideas for pretty much everything. If it had been around when I was planning my wedding I would have been in some serious trouble. I'm collecting pins of planting schemes, gorgeous gardens and ideas for plant combinations. It's addictive. Here are some of my favourites.