This week I'm loving... my garden

Well, not quite loving my garden just yet. But I'm certain that I will do soon. If you follow me on twitter, you may already have caught a glimpse of my garden - if not, it looks like this: gardenInspirational, huh? After several years of living in a rented cottage (and therefore doing nothing to the garden, aside from occasionally sending Dan out to mow the lawn), a big empty garden of our own is kinda scary. Despite our more green-fingered friends brightly exclaiming that our garden is 'such a wonderful blank canvas!', it felt like a big huge challenge. Much more so when you consider that my first attempt at gardening resulted in a collection of dead hanging baskets, as in my naivety I had no idea that hanging baskets require watering (they're outside; it rains outside, right?). Anyway, last weekend my friend Andrew from Grow came over and helped us start to formulate a plan. Andrew put together a quick sketch for us to show what might be possible in our wasteland garden, and it looks a little something like this:

andrews garden sketchAnd then I took to Pinterest to have a little browse. I think I lost about 2 hours to Pinterest browsing, punctuated with several trips to the kitchen for a fresh cup of tea. And now, all of a sudden, I'm trading talk about planting ranunculus, raised beds and climbing clematis. Something has changed - a few weeks ago the only plants I could easily identify were roses and pansies (I can even tell the difference between the tiny shoots pushing their way through the ground in our front garden, distinguishing between tulips, crocus and daffodils).

So I'm really excited about our garden. REALLY excited. If you've got any gardening tips, do feel free to share - and I'll keep you posted with my progress!