Once upon a time, not so very long ago, we had this really sad back yard. Past gardening failures had convinced me I should stay well away from everything green as I was never going to be able to keep any plant alive for any longer than perhaps a week or two. With the notable exception of weeds, of course.
Then the impossible happened. My older daughter persuaded me we should turn our drab back yard into a real garden. And so our gardening adventure began.
Being on a budget and with our Ehlers-Danlos playing up when we least needed it, our dream garden wasn’t happening overnight. In fact, we’ve still got a long way to go, but we are getting there. Little by little.
The other day I went to the garden centre again. After my latest trip to the garden centre, back in April, I still had roughly €70 left in my garden fund. And seeing that I’m still adding €10 a month to the garden fund, I grew it by another €20.
This time I only spent about €50, so I’ve still got €40 left to spend on still more plants on my next visit to the garden centre.
How do you like my selection of new plants?
How’s this? Hard to believe there were only pavers there a little over a year ago, eh? I really like how my back yard is coming along.
I planted celosia, sage and catnip in the raised bed closest to the house. Sadly, my hydrangea is not looking as good as when I first bought it, but it may still pull through. Apparently the bed didn’t get enough shade for my ferns to thrive, and they got sunburnt. Poor things. Hopefully the catnip will protect them from too much sunlight.
Now let’s have a look at the beds closest to the shed. My chives, parsley, rosemary, mint and lavender are doing rather well. The cook in me just loves our little herb garden. He also loves the enormous rhubarb plant. I can’t believe how big it’s grown!
New additions since April are the strawberries, which DD-21 got from a friend, and the grape and raspberry which I brought home from the garden centre. They need lots of sun, and this is the sunniest spot in our back yard.
I planted yet two more ivy plants along the fence (I’m still going to need one more), and added six new lavender plants to the border along the fence. Another four will complete the lavender hedge I have planned there.
One word. Eucalyptus.
Pretty, eh? This variety should be winter hardy, but with my gardening luck it probably won’t survive till next spring. Still, I like it. And if it doesn’t survive, I’ll just get me something else next year.
Flowers anyone? Feast your eyes on these!
Celosia and sage.
Last but not least. I think I’ve got an oak growing in what once was a mini water garden. Not sure what to do with it yet. My back yard isn’t nearly large enough for an oak tree, but it seems such a waste to just throw it in the compost.