Here for instance, we may not have a white garden but in various beds, pots and borders we have white geraniums, white roses and white cosmos as well as ....
and white Buddleia too.
And we may not have a jewel garden but I have created a jewel border with orange crocosmia, Sweet Williams, California Poppy and Osteospernums.
And we may not have a huge vegetable garden and several greenhouses, just a lawned area with half a dozen raised beds and a baby greenhouse, and we may not pick baskets of produce, enough to feed a large family, on a daily basis, but we do have this, enough for our needs ...
And we also have this - a pretty spot to have morning tea, as well as a cosy summerhouse for when it's not nice enough to sit outdoors but still warm enough to be outside, if you get my drift!
It's a large garden, about a hundred feet long by fifty feet wide, and we have separate areas including a gravel garden with nothing but evergreen plants in it, grasses and heathers and phormiums. We did have a very large bed/border, but it was too difficult to keep tidy looking, so we split it and it was so successful we are doing the same with a similar sized area over the other side of the garden, and it means we have winding gravel pathways instead of one large area of gravel.
As for what we grow - it's what we like to eat best, and all in succession so we don't have more than we need. Broad beans, peas, and three other types of beans for eating/freezing/drying. Yellow courgettes and Heritage carrots. Potatoes in sacks. Garlic chives and salad onions. Banana shallots and leeks. Parsnips. Cut and come again salad crops. I grow some crops in large pots near the conservatory door for handy picking, and have herbs in a trough under the kitchen window, so all I have to do is reach out with my scissors! Herbs also in other pots, mints, coriander, thymes, parsley, basils, rosemary, bay. We also have an old Bramley apple tree, a walnut tree too, plus rhubarb. Next year we shall plant a couple of gooseberry and blackcurrant bushes.
And we have lots and lots of flowers, for cutting and not for cutting. Lots of colour. Two wigwams of sweet peas. Roses and clematis over an arch, obelisks with climbing plants like Thunbergia, and one with scarlet runners! A bed with heathers and miniature slow growing conifers. A wild area down the bottom of the garden, and a border filled with butterfly and bee food plants. A log pile hidden down there too, and in autumn, out comes the hedgehog house to sit under the silver birch, and it is so lovely when we take it out to clean it the following year, to see this perfect round indentation where a prickly friend has slept the winter away. Bug boxes in trees, attached to shed and fencing too. And then there's the self-build wildlife residence... and the wildlife who just visits ... hard to see, but a grey squirrel sitting on the lower righthand branch.
I love trees and we have a holly, silver birch, wild cherry, walnut, apple, Portuguese Laurel, laburnum and alder.
So there you have it, a gardening post, just to tell you about our plot. As I say, not on a grand scale, but enough for us to manage and growing enough for us to eat without being inundated with produce. And it is so lovely to walk out into the garden with my trug, picking sweet peas and whatever else catches my eye to be stuffed into jugs and jars, fresh salad or vegetables for lunch or tea. Not so lovely today as there's a gale blowing, but still a treat and I know how lucky we are to have this. I love being in it, and sitting in the conservatory just looking, meditating, being thankful.
Hope you enjoyed and thanks for visiting.