Well what a busy summer I've had with several projects finished others started and finished and some just started!
Now that Autumn is here the flowers are fading and the ground and weather will start to get cooler. Things in Higgy's garden do seem much calmer now after a busy and frantic summer! I feel it's the ideal time to reflect on the work completed so far. Now would also be a great time to take another look at my wish list which I included on my very first post to see if I have ticked off some of the things I wanted to achieve in the garden.
So here is the original wish list from my very first post and I suppose my 'plan' for the garden:-
- Child friendly and interest
- Dog and pet friendly
- Construct a fish/koi pond
- Make safe and modernise the raised patio area
- Keep the sense of size and openness of the plot
- Create a sense of intimacy and different areas of interest in the garden
- Open up the country side to the rear of the garden
- Encourage wildlife in the garden
- Make it look nice
- My desire to use ALL types of plants from cottage garden to tropical jungle type planting!
- Use recycled material where possible
- Enjoy it!
So from the top of the list...
Part 1 (1-6)
1. 'Child friendly and interest'
I think that this is a big yes as my 4yr old daughter has enjoyed the garden immensely this year and loves to run around the various paths and play hide & seek. The seating area tucked away underneath the tree covered by a large Clematis Montana in the shade area has become her "house, shop and petrol station!" Last Christmas she asked Santa for a pink wheelbarrow so she could "help daddy in the garden" I absolutely love to see her enjoyment from being outside and enjoying the garden making the whole project worthwhile. If I have to choose a successful part of the garden just for her then it has to be her new play area...
2) Dog and pet friendly
Well my dog is happy to spend time in the garden, next doors cat spends 'too much' time by the bird feeders until the dog see's her! So I would say yes.
A difficult one to judge as the project isn't finished and the dynamics of the garden will change as plants grow up.....watch this space I think on this one!
6) Create a sense of intimacy and different areas of interest in the garden...
Yes I think that have achieved this and as above this will improve as the garden matures and more work is completed. I have tried to create different areas in the garden like the large perennial borders and then the complete contrast of the wildlife area which is much more rugged. There are various seating areas with some giving a sense of intimacy such as the home made bench in the shade area tucked under a tree and the obviousness of our new swing seat which gives you a view from the bottom of the garden up to the house. These different areas and aspects add interest to the site and hopefully make you want to explore a little more!