Our place of peace and tranquillityIn the Garden of England
Okay, I'll get to that 'Garden of England' thing in a little while. This is my side of the gardening story that has led to 'Our Garden for You'.
Janis has covered most of it in 'The tales of a bumbling gardener', but like most stories, there are two sides to this tale; and why did we come up with 'Our Garden for You'? and why are we sharing it with you?
That start of Our GardenShe has an older sister you know?
The health benefits of Gardeningand I really need the exercise
Now it is no lie to say my lifestyle is sedentary. For most of my working life, I have sat at a desk, driven to the office, and of an evening enjoyed a beer or maybe a vin rouge or two, (see, that's what all that travelling does for you), anyway that lifestyle and a touch of genetics means that I carry to much timber, and it's feeding my green fingers.
So during the winter of 2022, I decided I needed to get active again. So off on those country walks again? Actually, the garden really did need tackling, so why not combine both? And why not share our experience? Somebody must be interested? Hi Mum.
So, Our Garden for You was born.
The plan for 'Our Garden'You mean I need a plan?
If you follow us along, you'll see we need a plan, not just a layout of the final garden; I use the words 'final' loosely, but where do we start.
Well, the garden always looks worse in winter, does it not? I suppose, but there's so much that needs to be done. So I'll have to focus on what is the most important.
If you step out of the rear of our house, there are two options, the drive and the patio. The patio is the first area you encounter, which will be one priority.
The view of our garden from the rear of the house will be through the conservatory (that will become part of the 'Our Garden' story over the coming weeks, months, years), so that view will need addressing. I cannot wait for that first cut of the lawn in 2022; it always makes the garden look better, or so I think.
What do I want from the garden?Well, of course, many things
Firstly, I want it to keep both of us healthy as the years roll on. In case you didn't know we are in our early to mid-50s, and we have the time to enjoy our garden.
Then there is the wildlife. There be more about that later on, but we love travelling, which has a carbon footprint. I have always tried to offset that aspect of my lifestyle with the planting decisions in our garden. That will continue.
What do you want from Our GardenI am prepared for tumbleweed.
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