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New beginnings

Published: 19th January 2014

As I am writing this we are in the midst of a winter thunderstorm with hail lashing the windows. This is somewhat of a surprise as I was out in the sunshine this morning taking photos of snowdrops (Galanthus) and winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis), always a welcome sign that spring is drawing near. As the daylight hours lengthen, spring-cleaning is becoming more than a thought, the to-do list of garden jobs is growing longer!

This morning as I surveyed my garden I made mental note that I need to take a look at it with fresh eyes. It is very easy when working on other projects to neglect your own garden. It has been probably the best part of ten years since I last gave it a major overhaul and redesign. The house was originally two terraced cottages blended into one, and so the two long strips of garden are also joined and stand on three different levels. The dilemma is the lawns, which are currently two small areas divided by a curved bed, and whether to be brave by leveling them off to one larger lawn; not an easy task as access to the garden is through the house, so any work would have to be manual.

In writing this I have decided that I will have to make myself an imaginary client and put together a proposal for discussion! I will keep you posted as to how the project evolves during what promises to be an exciting and busy year ahead.

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