Almost exactly a year ago today, we’d agreed the sale of our flat in Aberdeen. Incredible to think of all that’s happened in the interval!
Some of you may remember that we needed to have a garage conversation about the asbestos-roofed garage and back garden of our new house. Well, we have been enjoying a revamped space with good drainage, interesting paths, better security, and instead of the old garage, a shed and a summerhouse. I am so very grateful that we were able to do this.
In January I planted eight climbing roses from David Austin Roses: five in the back garden and three in the front. Some of them are familiar friends, which I grew in my garden in Aberdeen, and some of them are new to me. They are all very scented. The ground has been terribly waterlogged all winter (I read that Glasgow had 12″ of rain in December alone), and I was worried for them. But each one is putting out new shoots. Isn’t it fantastic?
Or, if you aren’t a gardener, you’re thinking, “What am I looking at here exactly?” (I’m still getting to grips with my new camera – apologies for the sharpest focus being on the fence behind!)
I have enjoyed planting up perennials in the sunny border, as well as wildflowers in the lawn. They’re specially selected for grass that is cut frequently. The idea for this came when I was talking with the Dafter about her great love of daisies, which we enjoyed in profusion in the drying green we shared with our neighbours in Aberdeen. I realised that our new turf – a huge improvement over the dangerously pitted old lawn – would be some people’s weedless delight, but to us would seem horribly bare without a covering of daisies and clover. I hope to have some results to show you in the summer.
As well as hoping to grow a number of perennials, I have left spaces to grow flowers from seed, including sweet peas. I have left two spots for the sweet peas, to use on a rotating basis. If you grow sweet peas in the same plot every year, they won’t do well.
We are trying to make our garden bird- and insect-friendly. The hedge is a great asset, as the littler birds take shelter there. We’ve attracted robins – and the inevitable wood pigeons – to the ground feeder. Here is a metal bird, adorning my rain gauge! As you can see, we’ve had at least 3″ of rain this month so far. My Grampa always had a rain gauge, and I love keeping an eye on it.
Here is one of the original inhabitants of the old garden, a lovely variegated ivy. I love seeing the fresh, new leaves on it:
We’ve also kept a skimmia, a camellia (which to my relief is just starting to bloom), and several tea roses. The people who sold us the house have been to see the transformation and to our delight they completely approve.
Happy Spring, everyone! (And happy autumn to my antipodean friends.)