When I went self hosted a few weeks ago, none of my photographs transferred so I have been systematically going through each post and making sure the photographs are in the places I want them to be. This is an ongoing process and it will get done but actually, it’s a good thing because I can review each post in turn. I have been enjoying looking at photographs of the changes we have made in the garden and thought a review post was in order!
We moved into the Old House on 1st February 2016 so have lived here for just over 2 years. In that time, the garden has changed beyond recognition and we have done all the work ourselves. This has been tough at times as we both work and we also have a family to consider but it has been fun too. We are very proud of all we have achieved in a relatively short period of time.
The amazing changes to the Cottage Border
The first job we tackled was removing the Leylandii . Luckily, we know a man who is a tree surgeon so he came and helped us. The tree was huge and not allowing any light into the garden. Our neighbours were delighted that the tree came down too! I would never plant this tree unless you have a huge garden as they grow quickly and can be very invasive.
We then made a border here which I call the Cottage border as we filled it with cottage plants. I love the look of this border as it is always changing.
What we did in the middle part of the Garden.
It’s strange to think that this part of the garden once looked very dark. It had an old path running all the way into the woodland and there was an old washing line all the way at the bottom of the garden!
There were two old apple trees and the lawn was mossy. There were no borders well there was this…..
Its so difficult to see but you will have to believe me when I say this is the same area now with the brand new shed.
The greenhouse and a place for vegetables.
This part of the garden has completely changed and to be honest, we never had a plan in our heads beforehand! This space just evolved and we think it looks great!
Creating the Rose Garden
This was a huge project for us because it involved lots of hard landscaping which we had never tackled before. Creating a Rose Garden was something that I had always wanted to do and I’m excited to see how this area will look this summer. We finished it in the Autumn of 2017, so there are few more roses I would like to buy for this area.
The very end of the garden used to be a mass of nettles and brambles. We ‘found’ the pond and I replanted the area around it and took out lots of old leaves and mud. It was a success and we have frogs, newts, slow worms and hedgehogs that visit. Unfortunately, a tree limb fell into the pond last summer and tore the already degrading lining of this pond hence why we are building a new wildlife pond.
Enjoying the Old House garden
We have really enjoyed the Old House Garden over the last two years and I know that we shall continue to enjoy it for years to come. We hope to finish any major jobs by the end of 2018 but who knows what will happen? That’s why I love this place so much. I hope you enjoy all the photographs as much as I have whilst I have been reviewing them!
Thanks for reading!
A blog about the renovation of our old house and it’s garden in the English countryside. I also blog about interiors, general gardening tips and visits to glorious gardens.