This year, we’ve been gradually trying to clear out all the unwanted trees and shrubs in our garden. Neither of us is a particularly keen gardener and given that we know very little about the plants in our garden – how to look after them, and whether they might be poisonous to the children – we felt it would be best to clear them all out. Apart from the roses, that is – the only things we’ve actually planted in the garden are the two roses belonging to the girls – our Pretty Jessica rose and Sophy’s Rose.
The combination of the sunshine and cooler weather recently has been ideal for spending some more time doing this. We’ve removed the big compost bin that used to be in one corner – with food waste and garden waste collection, we have no need for it any more – and can now see all four corners of the garden for the first time since we moved in six years ago.
The girls enjoyed helping Mummy and Daddy to clear out the plants. Jessica was very happy to be given her small trowel and some plant pots and to be encouraged to dig away to her heart’s content. She was very excited to keep finding lots of “wriggly worms” in the ground. I’m not sure the poor worms were quite so happy to be pulled up by Jessica and presented to Mummy and Daddy as her “new friends” though!
We also found an old birds nest in one of the trees that was chopped back and Jessica was quite fascinated by this.
The trug was very useful for collecting stones and twigs and other “treasures” from around the garden. It took a little persuading before the girls were willing to let us have it back for collecting the debris!
We’ve still got a little way to go with clearing out the plants but the garden feels so much more spacious with most of them removed. We just need to get some of our neighbour’s trees chopped back a little and then the next job will be to replace the fence. I’m not sure that we’ll get much more than that done before the winter but it feels good to have made some significant progress.