I love green, being surrounded by leaves calms me and makes me feel I am miles away from a city, not in the middle of suburbia. One of my goals for this spring was to make a quiet place in the garden and we did that this weekend, creating a seating area at the bottom of the garden.
It’s not quiet because it is far from the house, but because it is surrounded by green, which makes it feel quiet. About 10 years ago we planted a new hedge to disguise the fencing panels. A decade on and we have a wild looking, huge beech hedge interwoven by a rampant jasmine plant and an even wilder field maple and something else hedge – I forget what the other tree was, but it is green, the birds love it and I feel as though I am in a wood when I am near it.
The cotoneaster hedge which was there when we moved in is less interesting maybe, but the dunnocks love it and it is huge and old and serves to stores old branches and twigs under, I have no idea what lives in that pile of branches, but hopefully someone has found it useful.
A couple of years ago we pulled up all the flowering plants in our two borders which we were so hopeless at weeding around and looking after and planted some fruit trees instead. And then promptly did not weed around them. The husband did a grand job this weekend of weeding and mulching one of those borders, which looks beautiful now.
And he built the seat that is now installed at the bottom of the garden. Which gives a whole new perspective of the remaining unkempt border. The poor cherry tree in the middle of it is surrounded by all sorts of plants which have resolutely refused to disappear. From the top of the garden it looks a mess, from the bottom it looks like an interesting wild border, with bees buzzing, some flashes of colour and a sense of lushness. We have decided to let it be for another year and see what happens.
Creating my perfect garden has involved clearing the path through it, so I can carry a coffee without getting caught on a bramble, and putting even more seats into it, so I can sit and drink the coffee anywhere. It’s not a gardener’s garden, it’s a sitter’s garden, perfect for taking a break and sitting in the green. Perfect for me.