Thursday, 28 January 2016

Last summer

While I went through some old photos, I found this lovely picture.
Sunflower with a heart shaped center - summer 2015
My giant sunflower with a heart shaped center and two  different species of bumblebees.

Well, I can not wait anymore ... I want spring time. 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Big dreams, small spaces.

It started about 10 or 11 years ago, I guess in 2005. I missed the taste of fresh vegetables and my wife didn't know an other taste than that of vegetables from the supermarket. I sowed some carrots in pots and I knew what her reaction would be. And for me al the memories of my childhood, helping my parents at the allotment, came back. The next season I had my own allotment of 200 square meters. And ....yes... It was too big. 

After a few years I decreased the size by half. But still, with a bussy workinglife and growing kids, I still didn't manage to keep it all tidy and productive. The allotment was at the other side of the village. So every visit had to be planned. And to go out there for just 10 minutes ...oh no... that never happend. 

In the summer of 2014, I knew I had to stop with this allotment, I just did not have enough time. I told my wife about it and she said, knowing my gardening meens a lot to me, "Why don't we reconstruct our back garden?" The kids did not play at the lawn anymore and the trees were too big. We have a suburban back garden about 10 meters by 8 meters. Which contains a shed, a terras, a path, big trees, some flowers and a lawn.  

My garden autumn 2014
When I started with the allotment, I also started watching Gardener's World at BBC2. Since then I am a big fan of the program and I discovered some related programs too. And now we decided to change the garden the BBC started the first serie of "Big dreams, small spaces", which was very inspiring for us.  Doing all the heavy duty tasks on my own, I took a year to get the backbone of my garden in place. And to avoid summer sandstorms, we had sown a meadow flower mix. You can see a compilation of those changes underneath
Garden make over 2015
It was hard work, but very rewarding. It's a combination of a cottage flower garden and an edible garden. A place to relax, to enjoy flowers, vegatables, fruit and wildlife in every season. And because we created this garden ourselves, it is our pride.
Result autumn 2015