After the wall-to-wall sunshine of April and May, June marked a significant change in the weather with some torrential downpours. I don’t know whether it was the rain, or the cumulative effects of 3 months of lockdown, but June also seems to be the point at which I lost my mojo a bit. I took very few photos of the garden and, to be honest, those that I did aren’t of the highest quality. Still, I’ve managed to cobble together a few which tell the story of June, though to make it to 20 I’ve had to cheat and use some from the allotment as well as the garden.
April 2020 has been a full month of pandemic lockdown in the UK. The garden has been a genuine haven during this time – a place to relax, play with our little boy, and dry the seemingly endless laundry! At odds with April’s reputation for showers and unpredictable weather, it’s been almost wall-to-wall sunshine which has been a blessing, and such a contrast with the endless rain of February. I had always aimed to focus on the details of the garden with this project, but lockdown has brought a greater intensity, and I have used this as a thinly veiled excuse to buy a new macro lens for my camera. Some early attempts at using it are included but expect more from that as the year progresses.Continue reading
I imagine I am not alone in finding January the least appealing month of the year. Although this year it has been mild by comparison to some, the short days and cool weather make it all feel like a bit of a struggle. Like many keen gardeners, and especially those with an allotment, there is also the massive impatience of wanting to get on and sow some seeds for the forthcoming season. Frustrating though it is, I know from experience there is little to be gained from giving in to that impatience. Instead, this time of year is all about planning and preparation.
Although January is a pretty quiet month in the garden, there can still be features to enjoy. This blog includes twenty images from our own tiny garden capturing a few of the details that have caught my eye in January 2020.Continue reading
What makes a garden ‘good for kids’? This is something I’ve been pondering since becoming a parent almost two years ago. Disclaimer: this isn’t going to be a post on ten steps to making your garden child friendly. It’s more of a personal musing on what value our tiny urban garden could have to our little boy. The received wisdom on designing a garden with kids in mind is focussed on removing hazards, ensuring your child is contained, and finding sympathetic ways of incorporating play equipment into the space. This all assumes that you have a large enough area to be concerned about these things. With a garden which is less than 30m² there isn’t enough space for running around and playing games, let alone accommodating swings and trampolines!