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My Garden, A work in progress and a labour of Love


Hi , I don’t know the first thing about writing a blog as this will be my first one ever.

I have only been moved into my home since the beginning of February. The garden had been mainly left to the weeds, there were one or two plants in there, however they were in very poor condition and not very interesting.
There were a couple of deseased Hebe’s, one or two privit type hedge plants, not I may add being used as hedges, but infact planted as if they were pretty plants, plus three very old and mildewy Rose trees.

I wasn’t able to get out in the garden to start whipping it into shape until that lovely spell we had at the end of March.

Gardening is one of my favourite hobbies . Perhaps some people will think I am wrong for liking and wanting to grow " Useful Plants." As I call them, such as Herbs, (all kinds) Jasmine, Strawberries and I even have a young Cherry tree, a Morello. Years ago I had an Evening Primrose, what a beautiful plant that was, it used to open these gorgeous bright Yellow flowers in the evening.

I love my Herbs and as soon as the nicer weather came along, out I went looking high and low for Herbs to plant in my new garden, I had grown a couple in pots which are now happily growing in my present garden. I put my new Herbs in a couple of planters, I wanted make sure they had a chance to grow a bit before planting them in the garden. They’re coming along nicely so yesterday I decided it was time they went in the ground.

I do like to go for the more unusual Herbs as well as the common ones that everyone has heard of. In the past I had several different types of mint ( which I am not going to do again) buying lots of the same plant but different types is not very wise when there isn’t a lot of space in which to grow them. As you can see from my photo’s, I don’t have a very big garden, nonetheless I love it very much and it’s big enough for me, any bigger and I would have trouble maintaining it.

As my title suggests my garden is a work in Progress, but most definately a labour of love.

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Your garden looks ideal - nice and flat and easy to maintain. You'll have it looking perfect in no time atall I'm sure.
Welcome to GoY aswell.

25 Apr, 2009


Thank you Hywel for your very kind comment, I am glad you liked my first attempt to write a blog.

25 Apr, 2009


We all have to start somewhere. I'm quite new to computers myself. You're doing well .
All the best,

25 Apr, 2009


Congratulations on your first blog, and welcome from me as well.

Yes, mint is a difficult herb to keep under control. Our predecessors had the right idea - they planted it in a brick circle - it thrives in there and doesn't go everywhere!

25 Apr, 2009


Thank you Hywel.

25 Apr, 2009


Thank you Spitzhenry for your comment, I shall take your advice on board, at the moment I am growing my Garden Mint in an big old enamel pot, at least for the time being it seems to be happy in the pot as it has grown quite a bit since I bought it a few weeks ago. However should it outgrow the pot then I will find a place for it in the garden using your idea.

25 Apr, 2009


Hi welcome to GOY and i think your garden is nice, if your like me i'm on my own and with no man to do some of the heavy work i find a smaller garden is ideal, hope you enjoy being with us.

25 Apr, 2009


Hello it will all take shape and you will get good ideas from your friends here. Have fun and welcome to this little group of gandeners who just love to garden and have fun.

25 Apr, 2009


I think its fab growing your own herbs etc. Im trying to grow lots of them.
think you garden is smashing,
x x x

25 Apr, 2009


Thank you all very much for all your wonderful comments about my blog and my garden, and thank also for the welcome. I have no complaints, everyone is so friendly.

Marquerite, My strawberry plants are in the planters, the Herbs were in them up until yesterday, but they were growing so rapidly that they quickly outgrew the planters, I just had to put them in the ground.

I have to confess also my next door neighbour helped me turn the middle part of the garden over, infact he did most of the digging and I have no plans to plant that part it's mainly going to be grass again, all except one corner, which I am hoping to plant my cherry tree there right next to ( but not too close to) the shed I am getting. I will finally be able to put all my empty pots and tools away, finally.

Thank you all once again.

25 Apr, 2009


It all looks neat and tidy and will be a joy for you to watch everything you plant flourish no matter what that may be. I have the Evening Primrose in my garden, its perfume is lovely..............

25 Apr, 2009


I grow mint in pots (with the bottoms cut out) sunk into the soil. Every three years, I lift the mint and replant just a small piece and pot up the rest to sell. That way, it stays in the buried pots without getting too congested

25 Apr, 2009


Great blog Labyrs. Your garden looks lovely....neat and tidy. Just the right size. I think growing herbs is great.....something I've been wanting to get into for some years. That will be a project for me in the future. :o)

Keep us posted on your garden's progress.

27 Apr, 2009

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