Journey

Past to Present
Past to Present - Our gardening journey.

2013 - First pictures taken of the garden.  The building had lain empty for 12 months and prior to that, rented for an undetermined period. 







2014 - Work begins clearing the dead, the diseased, the dying and the hopeless.  We uncover a WWII Anderson Shelter beneath 6ft brambles and nettles that has been used as a rubbish tip.  We realise our love of gardening at Gardeners' World Live and begin visiting garden centres. 


2015 - We explore garden styles by visiting RHS Partner Gardens.  We decide on a wildlife friendly garden so begin buying essentials.  We increase security with fencing panels and convert the Air raid shelter area into a wildlife pond.  We fill a skip with garden waste and hire professional Tree Surgeons.



2016 - We uncover more concrete slabs, breeze blocks and masses of weed suppressing material.  We fill another two skips with garden waste.  We buy and erect a potting shed and begin germinating from seed.  We start researching, designing and building our garden.  






2017 - Our love of gardening grows stronger as we introduce wildlife friendly features, tweak the design, add seating, a raised veg bed, germinate more plants from seed and add trees and plants.  Our horticultural knowledge grows through reading and research accompanied with garden events and RHS show attendance.








2018 - We divert our attention momentarily and begin to focus on the house.  We complete the raised-beds in the allotment which gives us a score of 7/10 by the Allotment Association.  We grow into our garden and it provides us a beautiful space to relax and forget the demands of life.  We have a few firsts with the Camellia and the Magnolia flowering. I end the year enrolled on a course in Practical Horticulture.








2019 - We begin the year with a mammoth sowing marathon thanks to the Hardy Plant Society seed list where I endeavour to grow ferns from spore.  We continue our visits of international gardens including San Anton in Malta, Kew in London and The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco.  We continue working on the garden as it grows in maturity by introducing a white and green border putting into practice what I have learn't.  We go 100% organic in our gardening practices.  I finish and gain the RHS L2 in Practical Horticulture and we end the year happily married.  We relax in our happy place. 












2020: 

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