Last week Lord Mantle announced that he had found some photos of the garden taken before we began our attempt to reclaim it. Later, when studying these shots, it occurred to me how quickly we forget what has gone before. It does well sometimes to look back at what has been achieved and give yourself a high five or perhaps a more ladylike equivalent. Nothing like a bit of reflection to bolster the spirit.
This has not be instant gardening. The soil is dire and full of stones, Lady Mantle’s old gin bottles, metal, glass and Spanish bluebells. We have worked hard. However you would be wrong to suspect that it has taken a long time to turn around this garden. It is only its second year and although it is still work in progress, it is beginning to look the part. There have been mistakes along the way, shuffling has had to be done and visions synchronised. But working as a team and laughing along the way has meant that a daunting, neglected wilderness is now a colour soaked, fun-filled oasis. Most importantly, it is now loved.
Well done L&L Mantle, you have made this garden your own, as the philosopher Yazz once sang “the only way is up, baby”!