I blog regularly about family travel and love getting out and about with my four young girls, so it’s nice to be able to talk a little about our home. My favourite part of our home is our garden. We bought the house because of the size of the garden. After relocating back to East Yorkshire from a terraced house with a postage stamp sized garden in urban Hertfordshire, having lots of outdoor space was a top priority. While we have most definitely put our family-sized stamp on the garden (I won’t show you the paddling pool, or the sandpit, or the requisite guinea pig house on the grass) there are lots of lovely features which I love, many of which have been here since before our house was built back in the 1930s.
One of the most talked-about features of our garden are the walls. We have them down one side of our garden, and through the middle, cutting our garden into two halves. The previous owners told us that they believed the brickwork came from St Mary’s church in Beverley – which is one the churches allegedly in the nursery rhyme Mary, Mary, quite contrary – but I don’t know how much truth there is in it. Wherever they came from, they make an interesting feature in our garden. While I could easily knock down the walls making one huge garden area, I don’t want to do anything which will mean losing our lovely and quirky brickwork.
Another item we inherited was this Buddleia, or Butterfly Bush. It refuses to die no matter how ignorantly we trim back its ever-sprouting branches, though I would be sad if we did kill it through heavy-handedness. It certainly attracts the butterflies and though is in an awkward spot, has earned its place for a few more years.
When we moved in in 2002, the bottom (and lower) half of our garden was all used as allotment. The retired couple we bought our house from were almost self-sufficient vegetable wise, but with full-time jobs there was no way we would be able to cope with that sort of maintenance. We spent over a year in our spare time turning a plain mud area to lawn and low-maintenance flower beds. We used reclaimed railway sleepers to create beds for rocks and slate. This Japanese maple was planted a short time afterwards and is very much at home. It is now over 6 feet tall. I don’t know what we’ve done right, but it seems to like our care.
Also in the same bit of garden, we have our summerhouse. It’s over ten years old now and needs some maintenance, but we still sit out there from time-to-time. My husband painted it last year and we just need some replacement window glass to make it like new again. It’s one of those jobs we will never get around to completing, I suspect.
I’m no horticulturalist but I have got this corner where I’ve made a bit of an effort. We have a sweet pea, a rhododendron, a lily, and various other bits, like a bird cage and a gnome – which at least I can’t kill. Time will tell how long the rest of it lasts.
And what family garden would be complete without a shady tree to hang things from – like this wonderful mobile made from beads and a soft cheese carton? Gorgeous, right?
We love our garden. It has space, character, and provides us with hours of family fun.I love that today’s Through the Keyhole has give me the energy to mow the lawn and make the most of the sun we’ve been forecast. Have you guessed whose garden this is yet? Are you ready to go Through The Keyhole and find out more?
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