Whilst planning what changes I wanted to make to the garden and what I'd like it to look like this Spring I had a gander at last years photos of the garden in Springtime and thought you might enjoy a nosey.
I wish I'd taken some photos of the garden when we'd first moved in, it was a complete and utter mess as the previous tenants had just let the weeds take over. Below is what it looked like after a lot of hard graft and a hell of a lot of help from mine and my boyfriend's family. The garden looks bare but certainly a lot tidier than it did when we first moved in.
We were very lucky that under all the mess there was some really nice plants left over from years before. Wilfred had apparently lived here for around 50 years and he really loved his garden. The photo below is off Google Maps, it's a glimpse at what the garden looked like in 2008. By this time unfortunately Wilfred had to have a gardener come to look after it but it does still look rather charming. I must get a rose or some sort of climber to ramble up the cottage, I do love that. I must admit I also prefer the green porch to our current brown varnished affair but as the house is rented that may have to stay as it is.
Anyway, as I was saying we inherited many beautiful plants from Wilfred which have helped the garden to look slightly more established. Amongst them we have Roses, Aquilegias, Pulmonaria, Primroses, Asters, Phlox and a stunning Mock Orange Tree.
Here's a couple of snaps of the garden April last year, this was when my obsession for gardening truly began...
I never knew what an Aquilegia was before I moved here and now I love it (it's a good job though really as it's bleedin' everywhere!) Below is what the garden looked like come late Spring last year. I remember sitting out with my Geoff Hamilton, 'Cottage Gardens' book, officially hooked on gardening.
And here are all those lovely Aquilegia...
Can't wait for Spring 2013!!