Our garden, over the years has descended into a garden of functionality and utility, rather than a thing of beauty. Admittedly it has never been stunning. It was full of hawthorn and bramble bushes when we moved in, but we did quite a bit when Luke was little. But with four children, and three chickens the last few years have seen it become neglected.
The playhouse needs attention and a lick of paint, the trampoline, whilst loved by the children, definitely dominates the garden.
The chickens wrecked the lawn...
...but, we have turned a corner. The lawn is ree-seeded, and beginning to show signs of growing.
There are little snippets of beauty in both the front and the back garden, which I hang on to, and hope that these little pockets of beauty will soon be more widespread.
I have many ideas for how to create a garden I want to sit in again. There will be challenges, especially with it being north facing, and having four children and a zonking big trampoline. But if I can create a little haven I will be happy.
Plans include, repairing the playhouse, and making a stone path outside the door to the play house. The mound of grass in front of the playhouse to become a mini wildflower meadow. A grassed lawn, and possibly some decking close to the house as grass grows so poorly there. Pots full of flowers, perhaps some bunting in the trees.
Whilst the children are off for Easter, I know that dragging them down the allotment will be impossible, so I will let the crops do their own thing for two weeks, whilst I turn my attentions to our own garden. Fingers crossed eh?