As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I thought it might be worthwhile to show the original blank canvas to give a better idea of how the garden fitted together. In the first picture, taken soon after it became ours in 1996, the table is about where the extension now comes to, and the grassed area and greenhouse beyond that are now the paved area, the tai chi lawn and the sitooterie. The garden turns to the right beyond the greenhouse and goes behind the neighbours pigeon loft. Beyond the greenhouse is the grassed area that became the woodland, shown in the next picture with the holes dug ready for the trees in 2000.
Turning right from this area you would look straight down to the bottom of the garden – all grass, other than various fruit bushes dotted randomly round the edges. We moved the these loganberries, redcurrant, whitecurrant and gooseberry bushes to the bottom of the garden where they have fruited with varying degrees of success ever since.
With such a blank canvas we didn’t have a clue what we were going to do with the garden back then, but with concentrating on renovating and then building an extension we didn’t need to think about it straight away – just spend HOURS (literally) cutting the grass! Once the time became available it was a gradual process, nibbling away at the emptiness, forming and reforming, until it became the garden I began to overhaul this year. If it wasn’t for the photographic record we have it would be easy to forget just how much it has changed over the years – but then so have we, as we have grown and developed alongside, bringing us and the garden to where we are now.