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Scenes from a Small Garden

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Started over thirty years ago,our back garden has been a vegetable garden,
a children's play area, a place to dry clothes, a place to build snowmen.
We never became expert at making barbecues,
but there were many birthday parties celebrated there.
During good summer weather, we had meals out there.
Our dog regarded it as his personal racing track, and
there is a memorial to him at the back of the garden.
The gooseberry bushes came from my old home,
the rhubarb from a friend's garden,
the peony roses from cuttings from a garden in the Aran Islands,
the rosemary from an opportunist slip I sneaked from a large plant one evening while out on a walk.

The garden is still a work in progress. We recently installed a water fountain and replanted the herb plot.
Plans are afoot to uproot the old hedge and replace it.
I'll continue to document its changes, as I have done for over three decades.
This gallery will be an informal ramble through the garden's habitat and a glance at its inhabitants.
The scourge of the gardener is back!
The scourge of the gardener is back!
A flaming pieris in April
A flaming pieris in April
The hydrangea is springing back
The hydrangea is springing back
He’s back!
He’s back!
Autumn orange
Autumn orange
An unseasonal raspberry
An unseasonal raspberry
The hydrangea in her autumn dress
The hydrangea in her autumn dress
Like autumn flames
Like autumn flames
Rusty autumnal red in the small garden
Rusty autumnal red in the small garden
Hosta lily braving the rain
Hosta lily braving the rain
Before the strawberries came
Before the strawberries came
Fading rose on a rainy day
Fading rose on a rainy day
Gazing at a gazoo
Gazing at a gazoo
The return of the red hot pokers
The return of the red hot pokers
A late blooming clematis
A late blooming clematis
The simple but radiant pink cosmos
The simple but radiant pink cosmos
The cheeky chive is not the slightest bit shy
The cheeky chive is not the slightest bit shy
The first apple on the little apple tree
The first apple on the little apple tree
Where light may fall…
Where light may fall…
Blue with a hint of pink
Blue with a hint of pink
The hydrangeas in their best dress
The hydrangeas in their best dress
New hydrangeas in their infancy
New hydrangeas in their infancy
Fading roses are still beautiful
Fading roses are still beautiful
A grown up dahlia in all her glory
A grown up dahlia in all her glory
A budding dahlia
A budding dahlia
Invading the rosebud
Invading the rosebud
The shy peach coloured rose
The shy peach coloured rose
The clematis in a shady spot
The clematis in a shady spot
Summer eventually came to the small garden
Summer eventually came to the small garden
The first spring tidy up, 2012
The first spring tidy up, 2012
Daffodils for a lovely spring day, Rosemary fo rememberance
Daffodils for a lovely spring day, Rosemary fo rememberance
Pigeon watch through a bedroom window
Pigeon watch through a bedroom window
Further treats ahead
Further treats ahead
Sage blossoms
Sage blossoms
Petals to gladden the eye
Petals to gladden the eye
The graceful hosta
The graceful hosta
Dappled daylight
Dappled daylight
Oops-a-daisy!
Oops-a-daisy!
The blonde in the front garden
The blonde in the front garden
More than a hint of pink
More than a hint of pink
The not-so-shy tomato blossom
The not-so-shy tomato blossom
The shy tomato blossom
The shy tomato blossom
Oh... my bleeding heart
Oh... my bleeding heart
Kerria Japonica in full bloom
Kerria Japonica in full bloom
The first mowing of the lawn
The first mowing of the lawn
The gentleness of Spring
The gentleness of Spring
The hydrangea re-awakens
The hydrangea re-awakens
Bird abseiling
Bird abseiling
Snowfall in the birdbath
Snowfall in the birdbath
Sleepy car under its own duvet
Sleepy car under its own duvet
The Grinning Snowcat
The Grinning Snowcat
The eerie night light in black and white
The eerie night light in black and white
Eerie nightlight in the snowgarden
Eerie nightlight in the snowgarden
The shrubs that look like Christmas puddings
The shrubs that look like Christmas puddings
A quiet corner to sit and reflect
A quiet corner to sit and reflect
Would you like a winter picnic?
Would you like a winter picnic?
Swathed in an early morning snow-blanket
Swathed in an early morning snow-blanket
The water fountain that became an ice-bath
The water fountain that became an ice-bath
Late gift in the garden
Late gift in the garden
Success at last!
Success at last!
Shower and shampoo
Shower and shampoo
The red hot poker
The red hot poker
Remembering Barney
Remembering Barney
Heather from home
Heather from home
Christopher continues to watch his territory
Christopher continues to watch his territory
The transplanted herbs
The transplanted herbs
The temporary home for the salad herbs
The temporary home for the salad herbs
A seed comes to rest
A seed comes to rest
Turning on the water
Turning on the water
Water feature : a closer view
Water feature : a closer view
An overview of the new addition
An overview of the new addition
The rhubarb corner
The rhubarb corner
The raspberry corner
The raspberry corner
A view from the kitchen window
A view from the kitchen window
Dancing drops
Dancing drops
Replacing the sun
Replacing the sun
The discreet charm of an ageing hydrangea
The discreet charm of an ageing hydrangea
Hydrangeas in full bloom
Hydrangeas in full bloom
When the peonies fell,
When the peonies fell,
When the peonies grew
When the peonies grew
The silkiness of a peony
The silkiness of a peony
The magpie gets the gooseberry
The magpie gets the gooseberry
A gooseberry in May
A gooseberry in May
In dappled spring sunlight
In dappled spring sunlight
The virginian creeper takes hold
The virginian creeper takes hold
The shy apple
The shy apple
The promise of apples
The promise of apples
The Birdbath
The Birdbath
Stone circle
Stone circle
The acer revived
The acer revived
Enjoying the neighbours' flowers
Enjoying the neighbours' flowers
The acer thrived
The acer thrived
How do I get lift off?
How do I get lift off?
Mama! Help!
Mama! Help!
Christopher
Christopher
Canoodling
Canoodling
The tale of the garden chairs
The tale of the garden chairs
Redcurrants
Redcurrants
Blackcurrants
Blackcurrants
An inspection by Barney
An inspection by Barney
Enjoying the jelly and icecream
Enjoying the jelly and icecream
Skipping in the garden
Skipping in the garden
Game in the garden
Game in the garden
Dropping in for dinner
Dropping in for dinner
Early winter clean up
Early winter clean up
Working hard
Working hard
Garden in progress
Garden in progress
The Fat Pigeon
The Fat Pigeon
This is MY wall
This is MY wall
The transformation begins
The transformation begins
A covering of snow
A covering of snow
Garden early years
Garden early years
Garden early years 2
Garden early years 2
Garden early years
Garden early years