Diaries of a Gardening Novice April

Diaries of a gardening novice


Encouraged by Sunshine, (imaginary) butterflies and the support of my fellow bloggers (Roses delightPam and Maria Mahreeaaah amongst others. 😉 I pushed the murky Stephen Kingesque past behind me and battled on.

And it is an ongoing battle.  When I think of my ideal garden space, I dream of a flat, sunny, spacious affair… Alas just like me, my little patch is far less than perfect.  Yet albeit, shady, sloped and wide, MLP seems to embrace it’s “challenging” label, and so,  inspired by it’s non-conformist beauty I labour on. With memories of my time in Portugal, a terraced wonderland springs to mind, and the words “shovel”, “mallet” and “bad back” (amongst other less flowery words) spring to my lips.

It was however worth it, as this was my chance to put all of my “research” (pronounced “cyberspace procrastination”) into good use and start buying and planting :-). As you can see from the pictures, I didn’t go “craaayzey” (pronounced “like Solange in the lift“) with the purchases.  With a baby and new mortgage on the way, I had to get “creative” with the budget.  Fortunately, with my friends and family and freecycle.org, that wasn’t so difficult and actually quite fun!

One step at a time
One step at a time
Let the planting begin



Ok…so gardening is not sexy. The previous thoughts of toned arms are long lost in the cold realities of British Winter time and dirty finger nails, but the progress is steady… Until it all turns a bit Stephen Kingish and everything comes to a sudden halt. As my mother is a history and archaeology fanatic, I have grown up with the delusion the Earth beneath our feet is just waiting to reveal its treasure. So what was history’s gift to me, well it seemed to have fur, a disregarded Victorian teddy bear perhaps? Alas no, on closer inspection I see a cat paw, as memories of Pet Cemetary flash before me I throw down my spade and seek sanctuary and sympathy in the arms of the Mr. This month’s personal note is to call the council’s special disposal unit. Gardening is definitely not sexy.

What lies beneath
What lies beneath


The vision is growing… I have seen the promised land, its just buried under all of this clay and brick. As I begin to dig, I ponder starting a Gardenise exercise class, surely everyone is over Zumba, and who doesn’t want toned arms? I make a personal note to email Gymbox the next day.

I have seen the promised land.
I have seen the promised land.



My father was an amazing gardener, from Callaloo to Corn he grew all types of local and tropical treats in our garden in the deepest darkest depths of Peckham, London.   So you could say that gardening is in my blood.. I wouldn’t, just like his cooking skills, it seems this talent may have skipped my generation.

But I do have the passion.

This is the continuing journey of how our back garden will become a secret escape..

BH xx

And so the journey begins.
And so the journey begins.


11 responses to “Diaries of a Gardening Novice April”

  1. Looks like you’re off to an impressive start. That’s a lot of digging and terracing that you have got done. You won’t need to go to the gym! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the mention in your post, too. Much appreciated! 🙂

  3. That plot sure looks challenging…
    but, oh, the inspiring Gardening images in Pinterest! 🙂

  4. Hang in there – it will be worth it, I promise. 🙂 Working in the garden can be a very peaceful, relaxing, tension releasing environment. I hope you don’t grow weary of all the work – because the payoff is certainly worth it.
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and following me on my journey. I’m honored to have you join me.
    Happy Gardening 🙂

  5. Thank you for liking my review of The Tourist. I hope to review more movies that interest you.

  6. I think you did a great job. 🙂

  7. beautiful writing, funny and engaging ! great ! Well done on the gardening front. Let’s all tend our gardens a little more …,

  8. Great reading, surely your toil will pay dividends, especially now th weather is splendid. Most entertaining, thank you, would love to mmeet you mother lol, archaeology and history nutcase also, a couple of blogs to prove it lol.

    Enjoy that proud garden of yours… And again thank you for sharing.

    Chris x

    1. LOL!!! “Archaeology and history nutcase” I think you must have met her already!!!!!

  9. I apologise for the typos’ my blackberry playing up 😦

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