Nearly 150 years in the making
Okay, that sounds dramatic, maybe even a little 'click-baitey' but let me explain. Our home was built in 1876, and with it, the garden was created.
The land our home occupied was much larger; the surrounding homes were built much later in the 20th century, with land sold off from the original house. However, it still left us a reasonable size plot when we purchased the home in 1999.
Despite that slightly misleading title, it very much has our fingerprint on it now, but we're lucky enough to know a little history about it.
Where is Our Garden?And tell us some of the history
So, if you have followed 'Our World for You' you may have seen our post on our local war memorial in the village of Eccles, and that's where you'll find 'Our Garden'. In a village, just north of Aylesford, in a valley between the chalky North Downs and the River Medway.
So what do you know about 'Our Garden'?What is the actual history?
We were also lucky enough to get a collection of shots from a previous owner of the house, Sid. This gave us a valuable insight to how the garden looked.
The view from the central rear window looks a little different.
The tree in the foreground was long gone by the time we arrived, but the Rowan/ Mountain Ash behind it died in 2018, and we retained it because the collared doves & wood pigeons love roosting in it. Now seeing the Clematis weaving through the tree in the foreground had given me an idea.
The patio area looks very different too; that's changed over the years.
Will the past inspire the future at 'Our Garden'?Absolutely, we love history, and that is reflected in our plans.
However, on our first visit to a garden centre, one of the purchases was a climbing rose. We opted for a fragrant white variety rather than Sid's red, yellow, and red layout.
Another know to Kent's past is our goldings hop, which we planted when we first moved in.
Although it is a rampant climber, I need to think about how best to manage its growth.
What about the future of Our GardenRespecting the past, creating for the future
The working area will gain a new tool store, and we will undoubtedly consolidate what we have and remove the rouge ivy that has made this corner of the garden its home.
The Cottage Garden will always remain; it is a keystone of our English country garden, as is our wildlife pond.
The Courtyard Patio will always ebb and flow with new planting in its pots, but there are no firm plans other than to continue to reduce the height of the bay tree that sits behind the BBQ, so it no longer obscures the view.
The raised beds remain a question mark. Who knows? Watch this space.
So the future is very much the same as the past: Every changing.
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