this is what our back garden looked like up until this spring. we only started tidying and cleaning it around late february, as we had a pretty cold winter this past one. believe it or not, we actually had a couple of pretty significant snowfalls and the temperature hovered around or below 0°c overnights for quite some time. this caused frozen ground and frosty days well into march!
when i look at the top photo, i just can’t believe that we left the garden like that all summer last year. it’s a decent sized, urban garden with good potential, but it was nearly completely unusable last year! poor seren had to manouevre through what must have really looked like a jungle to her, just to get to the stone bench at the rear of the garden!
it’s been a long, slow process but, i think we’re getting somewhere. there’s still a lot of work to do, but it’s tough to get anything done during the weekdays – chantal’s at work and i’m looking after the child(ren) – and so, work on the garden has been relegated to nights (after the kids are asleep – 8/9pm) when we’re feeling that little bit of energy leftover from the long day and have an urge to do something productive… or on the weekends, in between meals, naps, grocery runs, etc. there have been nights where i was outside long after the sun went down, digging away or planting, using the light spilling out from our dining room and the moon. luckily, our summer has been equally as good as our winter was “bad”, so there’s been many a long, hot day which have stretched themselves out into long, hot nights. also, in case you were unaware, in ireland the sun doesn’t completely set before approximately 10pm in the summer! this is a blessing to adults, but a curse to adults trying to get their kids to sleep!
i will post some photos showing the evolution of the jungle over the next week or so, so please come back to check it out.