The architect sketch for the garden is on the left. Tame, easy care … boring. My ideas and scribbles are on the right – no instant lawn and easy care planting for me.
Like a teenage boy with gangly legs, my garden is currently at the awkward stage – not yet comfortable with its body. Photographs seem to highlight the flaws – the mis-proportions and the areas of bare soil – acne on the ground. I’ve been reluctant to show them. But I know how encouraging it is to see the progress of other garden bloggers, so these are my offerings. Hopefully they’ll cheer someone who has just started a green journey.
It’s hard to photograph our site. It slopes in two different directions and has been divided into a series of angular terraces, which make perfect sense of the contours of the land, but look out of kilter in a 2 dimensional image. My plants are also leggy – teenage like – looking rather pathetic in the earth they’ll ‘grow into’. And no picture can truly reflect the amount of hard work I’ve put into getting this far.
I’m relieved to see some developing character overall but a whole load of patience is required before my garden reveals its full personality.