How does your garden grow? I don’t know!

I’m no gardener. I don’t like planting or weeding. I don’t know what things grow well where, I don’t even know what things are called.

But I love a garden. I love having space to unwind in, for the kids to play in, somewhere nice to look at out of the window. Strangely, I also really love cutting the grass.

My old garden was a funny one – a front garden, a side garden and a back garden. It was quite big and a funny shape, but I loved it – and I really loved my trees.

So how does this new garden grow? I don’t know! As we move into spring, I’m waiting to see what appears. We don’t have as many trees, but those we do have are pretty impressive. We have a large yew tree on the front garden – that’s because historically our house was built on the rectory garden and churches used to have yew trees to ward off evil (if memory serves me correctly). There’s another tall tree out the front which is going to have really beautiful blossom – I think it’s a magnolia, but I may be wrong. My tree knowledge isn’t the best.

My absolute favourite things in a garden are daffodils. They are beautiful in themselves, but the fact they herald the start of spring makes them even more beautiful. Because I really hate winter. My old garden didn’t have enough daffodils and they weren’t the ‘right’ sort. I like the very yellow, very ordinary daffodils with the large trumpets. Our old house had the sort with small orange trumpets and they always came out very late. I tried planting some more, but they never really grew (the wrong soil or the wrong position, who knows?).

At the new house my daffodils were some of the first in the village to come out. I had my first daffodil in the middle of February. And it was the ‘right’ sort of daffodil. There are a few crocuses in the front garden, loads of daffodils in the back garden and it looks like there might be some tulips too. There are wallflowers and who knows what else?

This year my excuse for not gardening will be that I’m waiting to see what grows. I need to know what’s here already before I can decided if we want to change anything.

But there’s one thing I do want to do. To mark us moving into this house and, because I really miss its quirkiness, I’m going to plant a ‘haircut tree’. That’s what this garden needs more than anything.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I do love the thought of not knowing your garden and being surprised by what grows there. And it is a brilliant excuse 😉

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  2. Daffs are just lovely arent they i really love the structure of the trees in your photos #HDYGG

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  3. How exciting to wait and see what appears, and the perfect excuse to sit back and just enjoy! I didn’t know about the yew tree thing, that’s really interesting. And yes, daffodils must be very yellow. I turned to planting in pots as they never took in our soil and this year we have some so I’m very pleased. Enjoy your lovely new garden.

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  4. I didn’t know that about yew trees, that’s interesting! I was in much the same boat last year, we moved in and didn’t touch the garden so we could see what popped up (not much to be honest, though we had a bountiful apple tree). This year I suppose we’ll have to make a bit of effort! x

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  5. how exciting to be in a new garden and see what it does. and…. if you have a magnolia tree, you are so lucky! they smell heavenly.

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  6. How exciting, waiting to see what will pop up. Sit back and enjoy someone else work… for this year at least!!

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  7. So exciting to see a new garden unfold..I remember that when we moved here. I would love to have a magnolia tree, so I am pretty envious. xx

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  8. Love Spring and all it reveals! Have fun in your new garden – looks wonderful 🙂

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  9. I adore having a new garden but I really miss a rose I planted when my son was born which I didn’t have the heart to dig up. Your trees look gorgeous, but I love the sound of the haircut tree!

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  10. Your new garden looks wonderful. I have tree envy! I too know not much about names of things – I tend to let the husband take over 🙂

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  11. What a beautiful new garden! I reckon having the ‘right’ sort of daffodils is a good omen for the rest of the garden being just to your taste, when everything finally blooms. Let’s hope so, anyway!

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  12. It looks like a grand old garden, how exciting. I’m like that about daffodils too, the very traditional yellow ones for me too. I planted a load in November and it looks like most of them have come up. I like the idea of the haircut tree 🙂

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  13. Thanks very much for your lovely comments, ladies.
    I miss my old trees, 76 Sunflowers! But I must say the yew and the magnolia (I think!) make up for them a bit.
    We had a bountiful apple tree at our old house, Charmaine. The blossom was beautiful, but the apples made such a mess!
    Jenni – so sorry to hear about your rose you left behind. I would have felt sad about that.

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  14. So exciting to wait and see what comes up at a new house, I know what you mean about the “right” type of Daffodils I too love the big yellow ones with the large trumpet, they are so perfect, I love your other pictures too although not heard of a haircut tree before. I look forward to hearing about your new one.

    Happy Spring watching xxx

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  15. Isn’t it lovely to see the daffodils? It makes me feel happier knowing that warmer weather (I hope) is on its way.

    X x

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  16. Thanks very much, Dawn, you are so right about the proper yellow daffodils! A haircut tree is my made up name for it because we used to have to trim it into a bob! I think it’s actually some sort of willow. I’m going to find out so I can plant one here!
    I like that thought, Eco Gites! That makes perfect sense!
    I’m convinced the warmer weather is here, Please may I! My fingers are crossed to be on the safe side 😉

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  17. You have a beautiful garden, love the trees and all the flowers coming out 🙂 thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop..

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  18. We’ve been using the wait and see what comes up excuse for the last couple of years in parts of our garden (after moving house). Looks like you have some nice plants and trees.

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  19. Your garden sounds wonderful. I am like you- I love the unpredictability of my garden. Its higgledy piggeldy and I love it! We’re scattering wild flower seedballs this year and we’ll just wait and see where the flowers pop up 🙂

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  20. Ooo loving your new garden – so good to have trees around you.I feel the same about daffy, though here we just have the miniature ones planted by the previous owner although I hold out much hope that one day they’ll grow taller as my mum’s miniature ones grew big this year!

    Good plan with the watching to see what grows – we did that with our last house and I was amazed at what popped up at different times in that first year.

    Apologies for the delay in commenting – but I am home now and loving read through the posts. As always thanks for joining in x

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  21. My mum is a great one for the ‘right sort of daffodils’ – she really doesn’t like the fluffy double ones at all. I would recommend planting the little tete-a-tete daffs next autumn though – they’re proper yellow but tiny!

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  22. Thanks very much, everyone. You are absolutely forgiven for being late commenting, Mammasaurus! I’m amazed you’ve got the energy to comment at all after your hectic week.
    ‘Wait and see’ is definitely a good tactic. We seem to be seeing something new nearly every day at the moment, it’s quite exciting.
    I like the sound of the wild seed bombs, Susanne.
    Fluffy double daffodils are a massive disappointment, Jenny! Am slightly disappointed that some of my daffodils have come out pale yellow after the initial excitement of the really bright yellow.

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