TheGallery – My Back Garden

Being fairly new to blogging, I’m still finding my feet with Linkys, so having spied that this week’s Sticky Fingers prompt is ‘My Back Garden’, I thought I’d join in.

Here is the back garden when we moved into the house in March 2014. A bit unloved and unkempt and generally dreary looking. Of course the time of year doesn’t help but it’s clear that the previous owners had left it a bit to its own devices.


The garden is fairly long and narrow, quite typical for 1930’s houses from what I’ve seen. We have a large patio area immediately at the back of the house with steps up to the lawn which slopes upwards all the way to the garage at the bottom (or top, depending how you view things!)


I have to admit – neither of us are green-fingered in the slightest and last year we just about managed to keep on top of lawn mowing and a bit of chopping back the undergrowth without thinking too much more about it. We have a lot of brambles which were great come August/September when I could make crumble to my heart’s content but aside from that I despise them.


This year I’ve been a bit more determined to spend more time outside- we’re very lucky to have so much space especially in London and it’s been a godsend in giving plenty of room for our energetic 10 month old Springer to race around in (even if she does keep finding her way into next door’s garden).


I’ve started a little project in the back right corner to dig over the compost dumping ground, this corner catches the sun from early morning until mid-afternoon so my plan is to put some slate down and maybe a bench. We’ve already potted up a Japanese Maple Tree that I’ve nicknamed Ernest.


Long term I don’t know what our plans for the garden are, eventually we want to extend the back of the house which will take up the patio space so we may well need to call in a landscaper for some guidance.

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  1. Tara
    April 29, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    Ooooo so so much potential. I’d be all over Pinterst with boards and ideas. I have to admit, our garden is like another room to us. We looked to move house a while ago and just couldn’t find somewhere with a garden we loved – THAT’S how much we love it!

    • Lins
      April 29, 2015 / 2:12 pm

      I completely appreciate that – I’ve found we had very few requirements with this house when we bought it but there are these little extras (like a big garden for example) that now we have them it would be hard to be without! Thank you for commenting too 🙂

  2. Iona@Redpeffer
    April 29, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    Oh I agree, so much potential. And yes, although my gardening skills are limited I do regard our garden as an extension of the house. It’s one of the reasons why I love this time of year as it starts to burst into life. There’s a lot you can do with that space, I hope you enjoy planning 🙂

    • Lins
      April 29, 2015 / 3:46 pm

      It’s lovely to have the outdoor space isn’t it, even if we’re never quite sure what to do with it. Well there’s a lot I’ve learned since we’ve had the house so I’m sure I can add garden planning to that list 😉 X

    • Lins
      April 29, 2015 / 4:07 pm

      Thank you Susan, I think I’m learning to love it even if it’s a bit rough and ready! X

  3. April 30, 2015 / 11:55 am

    Welcome to the crazy world of blogging. I love our garden. ANd how it has evolved.

    Have you seen Annie’s How Does Your Garden Grow linky that she runs every Thursday? Search for the #HDYGG on Twitter. Lots of inspiration on there for those of us less than green fingered.

    • Lins
      April 30, 2015 / 12:04 pm

      Ooh amazing thank you so much. And Thursdays are my “work from home” days so I have LOTS of research time.

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