Catching the gardening bug

One of the attractions of the house A and I bought last year was the garden. Although A was insistent that he wanted a ‘big garden’, I knew that something easy for us to maintain would be important at this stage in our lives, where we both work full-time. The house we bought has a small garden that had been professionally landscaped and is full of mature shrubs that looked great and meant we didn’t need to start from scratch, which would have felt overwhelming.

We’ve been in the house nearly a year now, and during that first year we barely touched the garden except for adding a few bedding plants into the one empty patch of ground, and setting up a couple of pots.

Spring has really got going here recently and I’m starting to feel as if the garden is getting a bit out of control – we did no pruning last year, just let everything grow. Worse than that is that I really don’t know what we have or what to do with it – heck, I can’t always tell the difference between a weed and a plant some of the time. It would be a real shame though to let this lovely space get too overgrown and fail to keep the plants healthy.

I’ve been doing more out there the last week or two, and been trying to research what plants we have, and it’s slow progress – I feel pretty much lost. I’m hoping to ask some of our nice neighbours with lovely gardens for advice, but at this point I feel I need to start keeping records – what I know, what I don’t, how it looks, so I can keep track and try to work out what to do.

Our garden is quite strongly sloped, but the landscapers did a great job of maximising the space and levelling for small tiered lawns. I took a bunch of pictures this evening to record how things are looking at the end of May. I feel like there are lots of things I might be too late on, like some pruning and mulching and so on. There’s quite a few weeds as well – I spent quite a bit of the weekend pulling out brambles, couch grass, ivy and other nameless seedlings.

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