The First Four Years

September 10th marks the fourth anniversary of my moving into this house.  The house became mine on the 6th, I planted my tree fern and a canna in the garden on the 7th and I actually moved in properly on the 10th.  Yes, I started planting before I had even slept here!
There was not much in the way of planting here when I moved in.
But crikey the potential was just amazing.
I planted.
Work areas were developed.

Flowers flowered.
The wild meadow got going.
There have been winters.
There have been Springs
The cats settled in and the pond was created.
I have had some of the lowest times ever in this house and yet also some of the happiest.  Its only been four years, the garden bears no recognition to what it looked like when I moved in.  I bought this house because of the garden and I will stay in this house because of the garden.  Well, for the meantime anyway......


  1. What a fabulous garden Alison, and how lovely to watch it develop.

  2. Thanks Ronnie - here's to another year :-)

  3. They say it takes seven years for a garden to mature - then you have to start all over again!!!

  4. I didn't realize your garden was so big, Alison. Plenty of scope for the next four years then!
    My husband swears to everyone that we bought our present house because of the mature pink camellia that was flowering in the garden when we first visited. Not true! Well only partly!

  5. Love it Alison, what a great sized garden. Must be so satisfying to look back.

    Happy House Anniversary. :)

  6. @Janet - I think I had half bought the house the minute I saw the magnolia in the front garden - the decision to buy was mainly on the garden. I think the perspective makes it look bigger than it is, but it is a fair size for a suburban garden.

  7. @Jono - thanks for this, as it was the first garden I have started from scratch recording it has been part of the process - in some ways it feels a very quick four years but I do love seeing what it looked like then and how it looks now

  8. Wow wot a huge space and how much you have done. Yeah, I don't think we can have you leaving there for a while yet!

  9. Ah, great, we are not the only ones to buy a house based on the garden potential. We have been in our place 26 years now. Your garden does indeed look fabulous, house looks pretty good also.

  10. The wildflower meadow is beautiful - such an improvement on the plain grassed area. It's great that you've recorded the changes over the years.


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