How The Garden Grew

There is so much about having a garden I had failed to appreciate. If you can call it a garden, for it is mostly a paved space with a small border and pots. It is an urban garden. A would be ‘hipster’ garden, less Country Living and lambs-wool cardigans, borders full of Begonias. Our garden/yard likes enamel-ware, The Guardian and an old sink (or that might be me).

I thought that we could simply find plants we liked and plant them. We picked plants, purchased and then planted and they failed to thrived. There is much to learn, such as; how quickly things change. Flowers appear and I relish their loveliness, they seem to last and last and suddenly they’ve faded. I am slightly disappointed in how little I’ve captured on camera, but this is only the first year. I am learning.
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Hauled back from a salvage yard, an old sink serves as a pond, it has water snails and tiny fish, we occasionally glimpse. We’ve had to adapt it, add a liner, to keep the water clear. Water attracts insects and birds, we have bees and butterflies.


Tomatoes are flourishing and I have a smug sense of achievement “I grew those from a seeds”. Send by Gemma, a seed swap organised by Annie. Growing things from seeds is another learning curve. It didn’t all work out. Growing things seems to be about finding the right space, not everything will be happy, won’t like the aspect, might only be temporary. Most are thriving, I don’t dwell on those that didn’t, we learnt, we will try again.

White lavender, which I didn’t even know was a thing (I thought all lavender was shades of purple) has bloomed and the bees love it. It is fading now.

From the weeds that came with the garden, we inherited one small plant and it has grown and grown and bloomed; purple toadflax, it sits in the corner of the garden observing all the changes to the garden, which has changed from a paved yard to a greener space, that will only get greener.
New additions include a bench, from a local wood turners, a hunk of wood. It now sits outside the kitchen door, it has plenty of room for the three of us or just me and a cup of tea.
The only thing that exists from the yard in the north is a terracotta elephant head, which came back from Nepal in my ruck-sack, it watches from the wall. In few short months the garden has evolved, it’s been a learning curve and it’s been a joy. Planted in the spring, the Jasmine has a few tiny flowers, it slowly climbs the wall and next summer I am expecting good things.


Fulfilling a life time ambition and linking up with Annie’s How Does Your Garden Grow..


  1. Mammasaurus

    Oh you! Yes yes yes! I love the light walls, they make everything really pop out colour-wise don’t they?

    Good to know that you can add ‘tomato grower’ to your list of skillz too. I have some growing here, a bit pitiful they are but I reckon at least one tomato will grow and that’s all the kids need for me to have kudos!

    Loving the elephant head and the bench – they say you can tell a lot by a persons garden (which might explain why mine as a bit unkempt and straggly in places!)

    So lovely to have you join in Gemma -I’ve been spying your festival going antics on instagram so I cant wait to read about that. I have two weekends of festivals in a row to come so after that I’ll be led down fanning myself whilst the kids massage my weary feet.

    Thanks for joining in x

  2. sam- happyhomebird

    This garden is so beautiful Gemma, I love it. Love the white walls and the raised beds around the edge and what you have planted in them. Looks stunning. I have a stone boar’s head on my wall 🙂 The pond is a great idea, I need to do something like that. 

  3. Gemma

    I love your pond, such a good idea! Your garden sounds similar to ours in that it is paved with pots. So happy to see your tomatoes doing well, that made me smile 🙂 Funnily enough I was going to send you a photo of the pansy seeds you set me, today, but I ran out of time. Anyway, they are doing well. That bench is fantastic!!

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