We moved to Brookend Cottage in January 2012. We had been seduced by the garden that wraps around the cottage but found ourselves utterly overwhelmed when faced with the prospect of actually gardening it.
As the daughter of two horticulturalists, I’ve pretty much been growing things since I could walk. Even as a student I would find a sunny corner in the backyard of whichever grotty shared house I was living in for a couple of tomato plants or a geranium.
I should have been in my element when we moved here. Energised and excited. Instead I felt paralysed by uncertainty. I didn’t know what to do, where to start, what to keep, what to lose.
In the first year we grew a few veggies (most of which were devoured by field mice) and plonked a few pots of bedding plants here and there. But we also began sowing seeds…
18 months on, we’ve learned to relax a little. My partner and I have discovered that nurturing and enjoying our garden is an ongoing journey that we can share with each other, our daughter and the local wildlife. Some of those seeds we sowed last year are now coming into bloom. And we’ve realised that our haphazard approach seems to suit the garden.
This blog is for anyone who wants to join us as we get to know our garden better.