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A little legacy garden update

How was your heatwave weekend, did you make the most of the garden or outdoor spaces? We barely left ours.

Although, I’m actually typing this from a friend’s amazing garden where I am on ‘listening out for newborn duty’. All visits to a new mum must involve supplying lunch, helping with jobs, and packing the new mum off to sleep while the baby sleeps.

So I am left to sit in the sun, listening to the snaffles and mews of a newborn occasionally stirring, and to steal some garden ideas. Gardens always bring me so many lovely memories and material for my little legacy series. After chatting to a literary agent at Britmums Live, I am outling some ideas into a proposal for a book.

Perhaps the time is just right at last, but I’m really enjoying lacing all the legacy keeping ideas I have gathered under different headings. ‘The Garden’ seems to be emerging as a key theme.

These purple ones, remind me of my mum. We grew up with a small yard with only a low wall between us and the neighbours, yet the gardens were some of the most amazing creations and the plants that thrived in pots and paving cracks were incredible. Mum would run out and try and stop our next door neighbour mistaking the tiny violet flowers for weeds.

Foxgloves remind me of my Dad and our garden in Stone, Staffs. I can see my five year old self, peering over the freckles on my nose to watch bees tunneling into their bell shaped flowers. Dad digging in the veg patch at the back of the garden and telling me not to touch, because foxgloves can make your heart go funny.

The yellow roses remind me to look up the best time to plant roses. My grandparents grew beautiful roses, always perfectly pruned and meticulously cared for. My Gran had them in her garden too, and used to let me crush the petals into heady, stinky perfume for my primary school teacher which I would carry into school in a jam jar with a handmade label.

And our garden? I am so excited about the growth in our vegetable patch that I started to look up other things we could still plant. If I get a wriggle on runner beans look like a goer, I love the way they take me back to my Grandad’s garden.

Nottingham Playhouse just challenged me to grow some beans in support of their Christmas Pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. Once again, the plants in my life are giving me things to look forward to!

I’ve decided to fill the trench G and I dug with wild flowers for now. The borage didn’t take off this year and I have noticed a real lack of bees. This worries me.

Finally Mr A decided to rip and saw off the decking rail at the weekend, now the kids are big enough not to need a safety rail. It has really opened up the space. You can see the before and after.

Now we have enough space on the decking for some garden dining furniture. I had a little look at Hayes Garden World for ideas. Our last wooden set broke and has only two chairs remaining, so maybe we will have more luck with rattan or metal furniture?

How’s your garden doing? Any ideas/suggestions for mine? Enjoy the sun!

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