Last week they finished building the outside of our new house but lurking behind it there are still piles and piles of soil and everything is horribly muddy and wet. The whole place still has a building plot feel about it. I’m finding it hard to imagine that this time next year I will be able to create our very own back garden. I look at those heaps of soil and stones and wonder how on earth I can create something beautiful out of it. I know it’s “one spade at a time” and yes I do have a plan… sort of.
So allow me tell you what my dream garden will look like. Behind the house we will build a veranda to extend our living space and to allow us a bit of outdoors indoors, if you see what I mean. Then we’ll have a terrace connecting to the veranda on which to sit and have a cup of tea. On the north side I want to have an outdoor kitchen with a clay oven, seats and a roof so we can BBQ or bake pizzas even when it’s raining (which it does here, a lot).
I trawl Pinterest for new back garden ideas, outdoor kitchens, sheds and a whole lot more. I’ve seen photos of the most fantastic and grand terraces with huge, classy, shiny kitchens which make me sigh with envy …but frankly I like DIY and using recycled materials is so much better. It makes me feel more at one with nature and let’s face it it’s more affordable as well as more do-able.
On the south side, next to the track, I would like a shed-come-garage to provide a buffer zone from the relentless wind that hits us from the west and of course in which to store the expanding collection of garden tools.
Our land is 20 metres wide and in the middle of it we plan to have a rectangular lawn, making mowing so much easier and on both sides we will have small trees, shrubs and flowers …lots and lots of flowers. Our back garden will be about 30 metres long, excluding the vegetable garden, polytunnel, orchard and meadow, so as you can imagine, we will need a lot of plants to fill it.
This is my dream garden. It will take a few years and a lot of effort to create and some parts of my dream might never be realised but that’s okay because everyone needs something to dream about and aim for.
What does your dream garden look like?
Please leave a comment and let me know. I can’t wait to read your responses…