Garden transformation continues

Hello All,

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.

secretgardenhome raised beds, recycling, brick, 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.

Raised bed, flowers, grape, herbs, reclaimed brick, secretgardenhome

Raised beds, secretgardenhome, garden transformation, cottage garden, recycled brick

The patio at the back is half-finished. We are planning to built a storage unit/barbecue area there.
Recycled brick patio, secretgardenhome

Apart from creating a new green fence, we also sorted out a pathway leading to the garden. Very happy with the results!

ecretgardenhome garden entrance, pebbles, green fence

Let me know what you think. Any advice about plants and creating a cottage garden is always welcome.

As some of you might know, I’ve been nominated for the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2015. It would be great if you could support me, so I can at least make a shortlist. Please vote for secretgardenhome. Thanks a million!

Have a good week!



Gardening continues

Hello Weekend,

This week has been emotional to say the least, so I thought I’ll cheer everyone up by showing you my revamped courtyard.

Courtyard, new plants, flowers, cottage garden, secretgardenhome

Also, the lavender is back; soothing smell. Hope this time it will stay with us whole summer.

Lavender in pots, gardening, garden, secret garden home

Read more about my recent gardening projects.

Have a lovely weekend and keep me posted about your gardening adventures.


Bank Holiday gardening

Hi People,

We’ve been very lucky with the weather this Bank Holiday weekend, so we couldn’t miss the chance to start sorting our garden out.

The fence is fully installed, so we thought planning the rest of the garden could commence.

secretgardenhome garden, secret garden

We want to keep the secret garden feel of it as much as we can, but the evil ivy had to go. It was taking over the space and suffocating our lovely trees, so it was no-brainer.

Our apple tree is looking much healthier now, especially that it’s got a new company, David Austin rose, which we decided to relocate from our courtyard and replant in the garden.

David Austin Rose, Apple tree, blooming apple tree, gardening, secretgardenhome

Over the weekend, we discovered absolutely fantastic garden centre, 10 mins drive from us. It’s called Abercorn, and it stocks every plant and tree you might need for your garden. We bought half of the shop (almost) as they had lots of good deals and the prices were affordable.

I was drawn to different shades of red and pink as I want our garden to be colourful.

I fell in love with Japanese maple! It immediately enhanced our border. The one below is called Acer Japanese Jewels ‘Ariadne’ in salmon pink. I adore its colour and the contrast with the green plants around it. It was a birthday present too. Thank you!

Japanese maple, Acer palmatum, Ariadne, salmon pink, gardening, secretgardenhome

The other plant I chose for this area was Pieris, Flaming Silver. I spotted a similar one couple of weeks ago in Hylands Park, and since then I was on the lookout for it.

Pieris, Flaming Silver, gardening, secretgardenhome
The entrance to our garden was always slightly problematic area as its shaded most of the day and the soil is not the best quality. We had to think of low-growing ground cover plants under the tree. We’ve replanted our heathers and decided to add two different types of garden fern. I’m hoping for low maintenance.
Garden fern, plants for shady garden, secretgardenhome
On the other side of the entrance, next to the old coal bunker, we decided to start creating a mini rockery garden using the current layout. The olive tree is getting bigger with every year. We added another Japanese maple (Acer palmatum Bloodgood) hoping it settles here. Height and spread in 10 years 3×3 metres, let’s hope so!
Japanese maple, Acer palmatum Bloodgood, gardening, secretgardenhome, rockery garden

Also, we planted some perennials: Lewisia Elise (the one with pink flowers) and Sedum Silver (attractive to bees).

I’ll keep you posted about the progress.

How was your weekend? Let me know if you’ve got any gardening tips. I’d love to know.


Beautiful roses in the garden

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.

secretgardenhome front garden rosesWith 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.

secretgardenhome courtyard roses

In the courtyard, the red roses are doing fine too. They are so beautiful and elegant.

Enjoy the rest of Sunday!


Cottage garden moodboard

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.

cottage garden moodboard
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

New lawn

Hi All,

Hope your week is going well.

In preparation for my birthday barbecue this weekend, we wanted to have as much done as possible in our garden over the bank holiday.

S and his dad did absolutely excellent job last Saturday getting rid of weeds and preparing the ground for the new turf. They also installed a few paving slabs to mirror the stone patio on the left side when you are coming into the garden.

How to lay turf lawn

The following day, we went to our local garden centre and purchased Rolawn’s Medallion turf (we needed only 9 rolls), which then S laid in under 30 mins. Very easy job, and cheap!

New lawn before and after

And now we have to just water the grass regularly, so the area will be ready for the party next weekend.



Inspiring places: RHS Garden Hyde Hall

What a beautiful long weekend we’ve had!

I was lucky enough to visit The Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Hyde Hall in Essex, 15 mins drive from my house. I was instantly inspired by the colours, nature and absolutely stunning flowers.

rhs garden Hyde Hall colours

rhs garden Hyde Hall flowers

Thank you Sheila for the ticket:))

For those of you who love flowers, there’s the Chelsea Flower Show at the end of May. I can’t go this year, so if any of you are going, please send me some pictures.

Have a lovely week all!