How does your garden grow?
One of the few down sides of our house is that is really doesn’t have a very big garden. Out the back (or front? I don’t know- our house is backwards!) we have a little bit of patio and a little bit of grass, and then out what we call the front (but is actually the back!) is a courtyard. Below is a few pictures of what they were like before we moved in (
stolen borrowed from the house spec!)
When we first moved in we didn’t really do much with either of them except move the few plants we had on our balcony at the flat into the garden. Over the last few weeks, maybe months we’ve slowly been buying more potted plants to brighten both areas up. As you can see there really isn’t much colour in either of them, so some colour was definitely needed.
One of the first gardening bits I did when we had a spare weekend and some good weather was to strim the lawn (not big enough to require a lawn mower!) and cut back the hedges. A few weeks after doing this there was load of new growth on the hedges and we have been getting a steady flow of different flowers in them, and even found a rose growing in part of the hedge that has flowered and gone now.
As there isn’t really anywhere to plant anything in soil that gets enough sun light we’ve got for the plant pot approach, which I love, as it’s nice and easy and they can easily be moved out of the way if you need that space for BBQs etc. I would love to know what a lot of the plants we have are, am I may even make myself learn them one day, but for the time being I just like to look at them. I’m fairly good at remembering to water them, even if that does mean just telling the hubby to do it while I sit on the sofa watching TV! What I’m not so good at is dead-heading them, but Chris seems to be fairly good at that so together we’re managing to keep all our plants alive…just!
We bought a trellis a good while ago with the idea of doing something with it fairly soon after we moved in, but never quite got round to it (story of our lives!!) At the moment we’re debating between attaching it to the side of the garage in the courtyard, and potentially attaching plant pots to it, comme ça
or attaching it in some way, shape or form to the big hedge out the back (our next door neighbour who we share the hedge with has done that, so we’re stealing her idea!) as it’s not the most attractive of hedges!! One of these days we’ll get round to it I’m sure…but possibly too late for flowers for this summer!! I keep wanting to buy more pots and plants, but I think the hubby might moan, we’ve already spent a fair amount so maybe I’ll rein myself in for a while. I’m really keen on buying perennial plants, as I don’t want to spend a fortune on plants that will only last me a few months.
When I was back home the other weekend my Grandma showed me how to take a cutting from the geraniums we bought, so we’ll see whether I remember how to do that in September when it would be the right time to do it!
So how does your garden grow? Does anyone else have any wonderful ideas for how to brighten up small gardens? Any great tips or tricks? I’d love to hear them!
Linked in with Emmaisonline’s World Wednesday Linky (yes, I know I’m a day late, but had a cracking headache yesterday!)