Recently on my trip to #Gibraltar I came across this delightful children’s garden complete with a Bee Hotel in Alameda Botanical Gardens. It’s inspired me to do something similar here in UK with the children and parents I work with.
Since coming back from Gibraltar readers will know I’ve opened a new website to record my memoirs of the Rock which can be seen at memoirsofgibraltar.wordpress.com (There is a link here on my primary website). I hve many hundreds of photos and select a few daily to compliment my blog there which spans the period 1974-2016.
There’s something very peaceful about sitting out in the courtyard. One of the only sounds I hear are the bees busily buzzing around the flowers; the fact the courtyard is a sun trap only makes sitting out even more pleasurable. I’m finding it’s a great place to think and reflect on things because when I’m snoozing with my eyes closed on the blue palette bed I could be anywhere. The old bones are very much in favour of this quiet little corner of the world I can call my own.
After months of looking out at either a building site or a half done garden it really is a delight to sit and look out from the bedroom window now. I’ve finally managed to turf the garden and it’s brought together the lovely rockery, apple tree, borders and flowers.
At the top of the garden near the house (in the foreground of the photo) is a Mediterranean courtyard complete with home made sun bed and coffee table made from old pallets. The fence down the right hand side was also made from old pallets which I think will be how the left hand fence will be replaced.
The stone wall down the left hand side of the photo has alpine plants between the stones and herbs in planters along the top. Sitting in front of the wall is the old garden bench I found and restored with junk timber.
Underneath the apple tree is a new rockery made from spare stones which used to border the path; it took some doing but I managed to belt them out of their concrete foundation with a slug hammer. At the bottom of the garden behind the raffia fence is a vegetable patch with corn on the cob, green beans, melons, raspberries and more; the new potatoes have already been harvested. Right at the bottom of the garden is the greenhouse I was given by the lady next door (as they’re selling their house) which is full of tomatoes and a grape vine.
I’m loving the view.
Quite a heavy day digging and getting rid of roots and rubble as I prepare the ground for new grass turf. Once again I was able to recycle some of the rocks into a rockery garden under the apple tree which is already starting to look the business. As the photo shows I still have the old grass to remove but hopefully I’ll have the whole ground sorted in time for when I go to collect my grass turf on Friday; that is going to be one major transformation band I can’t wait.
What a difference a lick of paint makes (and a new back garden gate I picked up cheap). Surprised myself as I had never built a fence before although I do love working with wood. If I ever changed profession I would love to be a carpenter 🙂 Must get around to painting the side of the garage white….
The evenings are now lovely and long because we are into British summer time and it’s a real treat to spend time in the garden after tea, especially when I’m not at work tomorrow. I’ve just snapped this pik of my beloved Mowgli in the garden and I love it so wanted to share it.