What a difference a year makes. This is not far off of what my garden looked like when i bought it last year. Believe it or not, when this picture was taken, i had started to try and tidy it up - you will see i had added some flowers, but the rampant weeds were just a nightmare. The garden hadn't been touched for at least 10 years my neighbour told me. No wonder the weeds were so stubborn to give up there permanent home!! Believe it or not, i could see potential!! I was thoroughly miserable last year though, i wanted to be outside in the sun - but it wasn't fun to try and fight the weeds for space to put my table and chairs!!
Towards summer this is how my gaden looked cleared of weeds - i might add with quite a bit of help from my mum who i think will vouch for the fact that pulling the huge weeds was back breaking, as well as raking and then laying the supposedly weed killing sheeting down (i say supposedly because all though it did kill a lot, they still got through!). We hit upon the idea of decorative shingle, but it was taking much more than i had anticipated! You will see my mum and i built another flower bed out of some donated bricks (from my aunts garden!), but the concrete at the bottom of the garden was still all broken up, not to mention the ever so attractive wall at the bottom of the garden - i hasten to add that i had nothing to do with the interesting and perhaps unadvisable way of building a wall-bricks stacked on top of each other?!! I'm still surprised its never fallen down!! One night i came home from an evening out to find that my dad and my uncle had laid me a new patio to cover up the broken concrete (despite my dad having a broken leg!), i was speechless to the point of tears because i was overwhelmed, i'm an outdoors person and to not be able to sit out in my garden was killing me!
And finally thisis how it looks today! And i love it. Its still a work in progress i might add. You will see the shingle was moved to the patio area - which looks really good and was a happy mistake, and i just decided on turfing the garden. I was sceptical, the weeds have stayed away (but give them time!). I have my beloved Honeysuckle growing up the back wall (one of my favourote flowers), and my garden is both flowery and 'useful'. I have flowers, but i also am growing peas and beans at the back up the wall (notice its been extended by my clever daddy - also painted i might add!), i'm also growing strawberries, courgette, aubergine (egg plant), raspberries, blueberries,redcurrant, gooseberry, a miniture apple tree, pear tree, broccoli, carrots, onions, salad onions, garlic and i'm just starting off some turnip seedlings and butternut squash seedlings, which i planted a little late, so its an experiment! You would never think all of that woulc fit in my small city garden, but there you go. Its amazing what you can fit in pots, or amongst flowers! I also have to add that my dad has been instrumental to this change since i wouldn't have had a clue how to build a wall!! I'm also pretty sure i would have not done a very good job of painting the walls either!!
And i must say i love my garden now!!