Wild gardening

First off, I have to confess I am not a born gardener.

Sure, I like to potter, admiring others’ hard work before retreating to the patio with an ice-cool G & T to watch the sunset. But the hard graft that goes into gardening, the necessary committment and trust, less so.

pill box and field in Lydiard Green

view from the patio

However, it’s nine months since we moved in. And the much neglected garden has started to stare back at me. I’ve tried repositioning my deckchair so that I don’t actually have to look at the empty border or the stinging nettle patch. But I need shade and, now that the weather is improving, I’m running out of options.

So operation garden has begun.

To be honest, the patch outside is currently more of a meadow than a garden. In some ways, not a bad thing. I love the banks of buttercups and champion, the rampant cow parsley, cuckoo flowers and ox-eye daisies. (I’ve even taken to transplanting some cowslips, courtesy of Cricklade Bloomers). But I think it fair to say that a little bit more cultivation wouldn’t go amiss.

So I’ll be looking for inspiration (and trying not to get discouraged at how lovely everyone’s real garden is looking!)

cuckoo flowers

cuckoo flowers

Dandelion head close up

Probably too many of these…

I love the idea of growing some of our own food. The concept of Plot to Plate. However, a vegetable patch may be a step too far. At the moment.

I’m chuffed by my herbs though. I planted these in a fairly random manner in some tubs when we moved in. I water them on my way to the patio, or when I put the washing out. Then, largely, forget about them.

mint plants in tubTrue, the sage has sadly died. However, the mint is running riot.

OK, reading up on this gardening thing, that’s something of a mixed blessing. The problem seems to be in preventing mint from taking over.But I’m chuffed. I’ve had pea and mint soup this week. The peas were frozen, but the mint was my own and I’ve even added a sprig to my cocktail!

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About sarah

Old enough to know better, still young enough not to care. Property lawyer, sometime developer, writer and mother, coffee lover and cat-napper. I blog about life as a mum in North Wilts.
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7 Responses to Wild gardening

  1. Sian says:

    I look forward to seeing what happens with your garden :)

    I fear I’m not a born gardener either – but I do love looking at everyone’s posts. I’m hoping to move house soon and then I will try my hand at this gardening malarchy.

    House plants don’t sing my praises, so we’ll see how that translates to the outside ;)

    • sarah says:

      House plants don’t survive long with me either sadly, at least outside with the rain plants stand a bit of a chance, but working now on being a better cultivator!

  2. Katie says:

    As long as you can sit and relax and enjoy the garden, it doesn’t really matter what state it’s in. And you are obviously successful growing Mint and that is very useful:-) I love a nice wild meadow and cow parsley especially. I’m sure there are quite a few things that you could make with nettles…:-)

  3. mammasaurus says:

    I’m a complete novice when it comes to gardening and have spent the past year soaking up inspiration before braving to get started myself. Loving the view form your patio – how relaxing :)
    thanks for joining in and sharing, from a fellow the-mints-gone-mental bod x

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