At the weekend this was how our garden looked.
It needs a lot of work this year as it got very neglected last year with one thing and another. The fence has been replaced - the one that we own, the other two owned by two other people are not in too bad a condition thankfully, so our boundaries are all secure now that we have replaced our fence!
Quite a few things have died or disappeared in one way or another so we are taking the opportunity to downsize things a bit. We have found that we no longer feel the need to keep ourselves occupied and that it is alright to just sit and be. I am reducing my crafting and the stuff that we have in the house and we are trying to make the garden lower maintenance as well. I don't mean by covering it concrete or anything, just by taking a few things out here and there and making a slightly larger lawn that we can mow instead of having to weed flower borders. We have a large - by UK standards for the average house - garden so there is still plenty of room for plants and wildlife, but just a bit less work for us. After all there is no point having a garden stuffed with plants that you cannot care for and having to spend all of your time chasing after and never have a moment for anything else is there. It is all about balance!
So where things have died we have cleared the space and will be doing some more of this, taking plants out and putting them in other gaps. As I said already, making the lawn just a little bigger. We will also not be having lots of pots of things. They take a lot of time and watering - which isn't always the best for the environment is it to be watering the garden endlessly - and don't always do well, so it isn't the best use of our money either. I think that things in the border will do better than in pots so I would rather concentrate on them. We will still have a few pots, just not lots of them.
I am also going to clear out the raised beds a bit and replant them with some new herbs - most of the ones there apart from the rosemary which I will try and keep are dead or dying. The rhubarb will also stay. Then everything will get a good mulch of chipped bark to try and keep the weeds down
What I need is to reduce the work element where I can. To keep a garden will always be work and I am glad to do it, but I no longer have the impetus to be doing loads all of the time. I just need a break! And after all, just because we grass something over this year doesn't mean we can't take the grass up and plant things there next year does it!
Anyway, after that little ramble, here are some photos, no words, I am sure you can figure out most things for yourselves.
Do let me know how your garden is doing!
Oh, and we bought some new windchimes. I have been tinkling with them in various garden centres for about 3 years now so and so I gave in and bought them. I love them and they are so relaxing to listen to while you are in the garden sitting with a cuppa. Also, don't worry, we will still be doing lots in the garden and I will still share with, just less weeding and watering I hope!