December 2014

THE END OF OUR FIRST YEAR in Suffolk and I feel I have made slow progress in the garden. Hours spent weeding out grassy swathes of grape-hyacinths and removing overgrown foliage and buried bricks and rubble have only worsened an already barren, boring-looking ‘plot’ with too much lawn and not enough plants.

What to do though – without a definite design in mind I feel it is better to tread gently than regret a hastily thought out plan – already I have changed my mind about the raised vegetable beds I once craved. I know now that I would be unable to give enough time to their maintenance.

Slowly though, a plan is emerging in favour of curving beds and relaxed planting. The row of screening conifers will stay – despite their scruffiness they are starting to respond to clipping and in time will hopefully thicken into a solid green backdrop. No time to waste and so much to do – roll on 2015! 

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