Back to the Beginning

So, we tried to do the weeding and pulling ourselves but honestly, it took us a whole day to do one tiny little corner of this area. The whole courtyard was full of Marjoram that had turned into a weed and had seeded everywhere – even in between the brick pathway. And the raised beds were full of sick Roses that had seen better days.

So we decided we needed some help to clear the beds and start afresh. Since this will be the main vegetable garden I decided to remove the raised beds to give me more room to grow things. The crew came, they pulled stuff up and left two days later. This was the finished article. It’s unbelievable to me how quickly this happened.

This is basically how the garden would have looked back in 1915 when the house was built. The fountain might have been flowing (which we’re working on) but other than that we’re back to how it all started.

16 Responses to “Back to the Beginning”

  1. AmyWKon 22 Sep 2012 at 3:55 am

    It’s just lovely. The symmetry and old world feel make me happy for you that you get to garden in such a lovely setting. I look forward to seeing what you fill the dirt with!

  2. mollieon 22 Sep 2012 at 5:36 am

    That’s your kitchen garden?!!! WOW, can’t wait to see your front garden!

  3. josie crafter at Homemade and Happyon 22 Sep 2012 at 6:43 pm

    It’s beautiful.
    And it reminds me so much of your garden back in Bath – the symmetry and such. Which is just lovely, as it seems to connect this garden with your tiny plot back in Blighty.
    A happy coincidence!
    I hope all is going well for you.

  4. charm city balcony gardenon 23 Sep 2012 at 12:10 am

    Its a beautiful garden! I love the water fountain. So pretty. I can’t wait to see the final garden!

  5. Dawnon 23 Sep 2012 at 2:19 am

    How lucky to have all that structure already done for you. Full of potential.

  6. Gwenon 23 Sep 2012 at 4:05 am

    Can’t wait to see what you do with all that space! The symmetry is really beautiful.

  7. Pete Ton 23 Sep 2012 at 8:28 am

    Groundforce without the planting, Titchmarsh and Dymock..?

  8. Ellieon 23 Sep 2012 at 10:35 am

    I love the herringbone brick pathways, and the lovely space. Very Inspirational.

  9. Yvonne Won 24 Sep 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Your new garden is looking fantastic – can’t wait to see the fountain working again. Just don’t overdo it!

  10. Maureenon 27 Sep 2012 at 1:35 am

    Did you keep the elm? I love the layout and the brick work. What a beautiful base to start a garden.

  11. Debbieon 27 Sep 2012 at 8:37 pm

    wow wow wow

  12. Andyon 27 Sep 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Gill,

    Like Josie above I was struck by how much it reminded me of MTP (v.Bath). Looks like you’ve got an amazing garden in the making there, loving reading about your new adventures. All the best to you and the family.



  13. mtpon 29 Sep 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Maureen, the Elm is safe and sound in the front garden. I’ll write a post on that soon. Apparently we need to inject it to keep it Dutch Elm free. At the moment it’s suffering from nearly 2 years of neglect. But I have a number of an arborist that can help me.

  14. Natalie Clearyon 03 Oct 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Looks like a lovely backyard! Can’t wait to see the final product.

  15. Chiot's Runon 06 Oct 2012 at 11:46 pm

    It’s quite lovely. I love the bare bones that you have to work with. I’m hoping to do something similar in a new garden here.

  16. Paul - The Kind Little Bloggeron 11 Oct 2012 at 11:25 pm

    What a delightful blank canvas. I bet the ideas overwhelmed you at the time.