This is the corner of the garden which has undergone some changes in recent months because we wanted to create a seating area under the fig tree and a small vegetable plot.
We've given up the allotment (plot for growing vegetables) that we've shared with our daughter as she's moving away from our neighbourhood and my husband felt it was too expensive to keep it on - the council have increased the rent considerably from last year. Our daughter was one of the first to clear her plot, which was covered in brambles, as she could access it from her back garden. The grandchildren had a play area there when they were younger and as it was very secluded it was a good place to have a picnic. Of course my husband could grow a lot of vegetables on this large plot, but now he wants something more manageable. Our other children have allotments so we shall continue to enjoy seeing what they're growing in theirs.
The peas and broad beans were planted out at the end of March. There was a hailstorm just afterwards, but thankfully no damage was done to the young plants.
More vegetables will be planted out when the soil warms up. There's a rhubarb crown in a corner and a box for composting.
The covered yard between the house and the double garage is another good facility for growing vegetables, saplings from seed and storing plants during the colder months. There are two types of tomato -San Marzano Lungo (long) and San Marzano Romano (plum), Cuore di Bue and Tigerella and some sweet peppers, French, Runner and Borlotti beans.
Schlumbergera (Christmas cactus)
The peach sapling grown from a stone is now outside.
An orange tree grown from a pip. There's also a white fig cutting. (The one in the back garden produces black/purple figs).
There are other plants in the plastic 'greenhouse' and tubs of leek and garlic by the garage wall.
This is the other end of the garden. Behind the hedge is a rough area which is good for the wild life.
Our pear tree and neighbour's cherry in blossom at the end of March.
These are the flowers in our garden at present.
Pansies and Mossy Saxifrage
Tulips - a favourite Spring flower
Saxifrage (London Pride)
Although our garden is small it's lovely to have one especially now that the days are sunnier and it's possible to sit out for a while.