Hope the weather is not bringing you down. What a horrible rainy day!
To cheer you up, I thought I’ll share with you some pictures of our garden.
As you know it’s still very much a work in progress, but it seems we are getting there slowly.
We are big fans of recycling and saving money therefore most of the materials we’ve been using are reclaimed.
We needed lots of bricks to build two raised beds as well as a patio at the back of the garden.
Initially, we used a social network called Streetlife to ask people for unwanted bricks and wood. We followed that with a note through neighbours’ doors.
We got an amazing response, which we are very grateful for! Definitely worth a try if you are looking for reclaimed building materials.
S and his dad have done an excellent job, don’t you think? We’ve started planting, so hopefully, with time, our garden will look like a typical English cottage garden.
The patio at the back is half-finished. We are planning to built a storage unit/barbecue area there.
Apart from creating a new green fence, we also sorted out a pathway leading to the garden. Very happy with the results!
Let me know what you think. Any advice about plants and creating a cottage garden is always welcome.
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Have a good week!
First of all, happy weekend!
We’ve been very lucky with the weather recently. It permanently feels like we are on holiday in London.
Thanks to the weather and my excellent gardening skills ha ha, my roses are blooming and spreading all over my front and back garden. I love the fact they are so colourful and stylish.
The most beautiful flowers, in my opinion. They look so gracious and peaceful! Even when their life is coming to an end…What do you think? Do you like roses?
Hope you are feeling super relaxed after 3 day weekend.
On Saturday we went to a smashing barbecue party combined with watching Eurovision (what a laugh), and on Sunday we walked for miles from my friends’ house in Fulham to Holborn.
My first observation was how colourful London is and how different each part is from one another.
I was always more of an East London devotee, but West London has got its charms too. It’s wealthier, that’s for sure, but it’s also very stylish and colourful. Look at these beautiful houses below.
I used to work in Kensington for over 4 years, so I’m pretty familiar with Kensington Gardens, but I must say, I love coming back. It’s great for wandering around, cycling or a picnic.
Whilst walking through it, we spotted a beautiful cottage garden.
Great inspiration since we are planning ours at the moment. If only we could recreate this look.
I’m going to try, for sure. Foxgloves and Lupins are my favourite flowers. Also, the purple Irises caught my eye.
Do you like West London? What about Kensington Gardens?
Check secretgardenhome Instagram for more pictures from our mini tour across London. #urbantourist
This week has been emotional to say the least, so I thought I’ll cheer everyone up by showing you my revamped courtyard.
Also, the lavender is back; soothing smell. Hope this time it will stay with us whole summer.
Read more about my recent gardening projects.
Have a lovely weekend and keep me posted about your gardening adventures.
Hello All and Happy Father’s Day to all dads!
Just a quick update to show you our front and back garden blooming like mad.
With minimal effort, it looks much better than last year. We sprinkled MiracleGro a few months ago over the whole garden, and it did the trick; especially the roses are loving it. There are more and more showing up every day. My favourite are the white and pink ones.
In the courtyard, the red roses are doing fine too. They are so beautiful and elegant.
Enjoy the rest of Sunday!
To all Garden owners,
Just wanted to share with you my cottage garden moodboard, which reflects how I’d like our garden to look like in the future.
I’ve already started sowing some wild flower seeds in order to create an interesting border attracting lots of bees.
What do you think of a cottage garden? Or perhaps you prefer a more modern outside space? I’m keen to hear your thoughts.
Have a lovely weekend!
Images source: Linden Hill Gardens, B&Q and Beyond the Garden Gate
Our courtyard was looking a bit pale, and as I’m not ready for winter gloom yet, I decided to add some Violas and Trailing Pansies to bring some colour back (only £3.99 each).
The following were planted:
- Pansy Trailing Lavender
- Viola Delft Blue (my favourite)
- Viola Penny Orchid
- Pansy Trailing Purple Wing
My lavender was looking lonely therefore I decided to plant a Skimmia japonica Olympic Flame. I can’t wait for the bright red berries next year.