Autumn has arrived – brisk, breezy and bright! I’m loving it. How about you? With cooler days, comes more energy. Weeks flow in a fulfilling rhythm of work, studies, exercise and hobbies. Rather than play catch-up, I’ve created simpler plans, that remain flexible and favour the longview considerably more.
This garden that I’ve puttered around in for almost 25 years now, was – when I first explored it – an ideal site for a horror movie. Crumbling stone wall and rockery, a narrow path with wild grass and thorny bushes. Beyond the overhanging branches, a glimpse of a withered pear tree; framing a rusty garage leaning in the gloom. Neglected for 2 years, the soil was rich with nutrients and the grass, once mown, was thick and soft underfoot.
Excitement and inspiration have led to bursts of planting, pruning, play and pondering, in that time. The patio has been re-slabbed, another built to extend it, a shed installed then a secondhand greenhouse and gate fitted. I’ve always wanted to collaborate with the space, rather than impose upon it. Rewilding half of it in recent years, has enabled me to see the natural inclination of the space and how much wildlife would visit, with less disturbance.
In that time, wildflowers have grown and a wider range of birds and butterflies visit. The magpies and squirrels linger, if we talk quietly and remain still, sharing a moment with us. We’ve watched neighbour’s cats and local foxes wander fresh paths in the long grass, sometimes settling in the sun for a nap.
The plan is to expand borders and extend the paths, making them safer to walk on. Plant a lot of flowering evergreens and bulbs, reduce the lawn (leaving patches for apple windfall) and mulch regularly, to increase soil depth. Declutter and insulate the shed. It’s a tremendous gift to have this space and I’m excited to be out there more. I’m taking pictures of progress and will share in future.
Enjoy your time outside 🙂
Have a good weekend!
All photos copyright © Louise Ann Knight