We have this patch of land at the back of our house, for the first summer it was a waste land, the second summer we had managed to lay some grass and cleared some space for a toddler garden, this summer we can see signs of it becoming a fully fledged, family friendly outdoor space. We are most definitely beginner gardeners but slowly we are starting to learn more. I never thought I would get so much enjoyment from seeing things growing in our garden but I love it, I love looking around it and seeing all the hard work that we (or my husband) has put into it. I love seeing Lucas playing out in it, hearing him engrossed in his imaginary games and I know that he is in a safe space. He has started to take notice of the plants growing, he smells the lavender, spots bees and is learning the names of our visiting birds. When the sun is shining he will spend all day out there. When it is raining he will stand at the window and ask to go in the garden.
We started out at the beginning of spring cleaning out the spaces that had got out of control over the winter and planting some new plants in Lucas’ garden, adding a couple of fuchsias to pots we have had standing empty for quite some time and laying some bark over the areas that needed to be hidden from view. We also planted some sunflower seeds which took beautifully last year but haven’t been as successful this time round. We can’t even open the door to the back garden without hearing a little voice chirping up about digging.
We have so many plans for our little outdoor space and I have a few more updates to share but I think I need to go into other peoples gardens and make lists of their plants! I really am clueless when it comes to the fauna but we’ve got to start somewhere.