Thursday, 1 January 2009

a year in my garden

My name is Clare some of you might know me from my blog summerfete where I record my creations and observations. (have a peek to see the 2008 garden)
Welcome to a new blog dedicated purely to my garden, gardening and any wildlife that might pass by.
So here it is as I look out the computer room window, not too bare for this time of year, if not a little scruffy.
This will be my 4th summer in this garden, so I'm still getting to grips with structure and design.
I have no horticultural training, unless you count growing up with parents that gardened, if that's the case then I'm well qualified!

This is how the garden looked when we moved in 2006.
I have a confession that all is not perfect as you can see we are overlooked, which I so far had failed to admit by careful photography. But we all have compromises in life, and I could see that trees of the horrible type, could help hide the ugly! In fact the houses are half hidden now!
Its great to see how the garden changes through the seasons and grows through the years.

Digging a vegetable patch was the very first thing I did in 2006. Take a good look at the gardener, it might just be the only picture of moi on this blog.

I have actually been out in the garden today, so here is the ever expanding veg patch, still with edible leeks. (now with a new fence)
These are the beginnings of garlic which I planted in November. Hopefully I will get lots of nice garlic by summertime. As seen here

Whats the garden about?
Generally aside from the veg, the garden is predominantly designed to attract wildlife. From spring until autumn the garden buzzes with bees and the air is filled with twitterings from visitors of the flying nature. Last autumn the garden welcomed its first robin which has become quite friendly already.

I've also had a few adventures with blackbirds again to be found here.

So there we are, I shall endeavour to keep up to date!
If you cant find me here then I will be found at summerfete.

roll on spring!!


Natalie said...

I'm looking forward to it! I had a gardening blog but deleted when I was having one of my "OMG I can't do everything" moments. Didn't do a great deal in my garden this year so I'm hoping to make up for it next year. Perhaps your blog will provide plenty of inspiration!

Ginger said...

Am also looking forward to your new blog please let me know when you have it up and running!

Country Bliss said...

Garden's looking great, I wish mine was that big. We're surrounded by fields but have a minute garden. We keep trying to talk the farmers into selling us some land for an allotment but they don't want to part with any!
Yvonne x

Sarah said...

I wonder if that's the same robin that sits on my parents' kitchen windowsill and eats the crumbs they put out? They have two regulars in their garden at the moment.