In Which I Forgot We Had A Garden For A Bit

One of the things I was most excited about when we moved into our new house last year was that we finally had a garden. We really made the most of it last summer – we had paddling pools and football goals and all manner of outdoor fun. We enjoyed the excitement of seeing what would bloom next and where. I even got into weeding for a bit. All the way through until October half-term we used it a lot. Then after a final bit of tidying and planting of bulbs for Spring, we sort of shut the back door and forgot about it.


syd in the garden


It has been cold. It has been windy. It has been grey. The garden still lay beyond our patio doors, but my interaction with it was mostly reduced to taking the recycling out or peering out of the window to see how may layers of clothing we needed that day.

Then half term rolled around again and Syd asked to go and play outside. I almost said no, I don’t know why (other than the fact it was drizzling obvs). We put on our coats and wellies and had a lovely time blowing bubbles. I remembered I love having a garden. I also noticed quite how neglected it looks at the end of winter – there are overgrown shrubs, things that look (but may not be) dead, a lot of weeding to be done (why don’t weeds take winter off?!) and a lot of general tidying of debris that got blown everywhere in the stormy weather. At least the windmills are still adding some lovely colour!





Last year I caved and got a gardener in to do a tidy. Can I manage it on my own this year? Well, I am going to give it a go. Just as soon as it gets a little bit warmer, honest….

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. February 25, 2016 / 11:07 am

    Gardening is such hard work but thoroughly worth putting the hours. I know what you mean about being tempted to say no when kids ask to play outside – its the draft running through the house and the banging of doors plus muddy footprints that drives me mad. Kids are all the better for some time spent outdoors though. Bring on the warmer weather!
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  2. February 25, 2016 / 11:47 am

    We’ve not got a garden but I’d be like u and make most of it in the summer when we do have one and probably forget about it during the colder months.

  3. February 25, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    Gardens are great when you have kids, aren’t they? I just wish they were easy to maintain!

  4. February 25, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    Gardening can be time and calorie consuming so I sometimes miss not having a proper one at the back. Wishing you all the best with your plans this spring!xx

  5. February 25, 2016 / 11:40 pm

    I hear you we literally turn our back on nature when winter commences and it is easy to see why. Now that spring is around the corner things change.
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  6. February 26, 2016 / 5:57 am

    Good luck with the tidying, mine needs sorting out before my plans get put into place. Hope the weather is better this weekend.
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  7. February 26, 2016 / 11:18 am

    We’ve totally neglected our garden throughout winter too. I think that’s only understandable. Every year I think ‘why aren’t my kids outside, kicking a football around or jumping on the trampoline?’ then I go out in the cold and realise why! I’m hoping they will find the garden again in the spring. We really have been so cooped up this winter 🙁

  8. February 26, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    I can totally relate to this! Everything is looking a bit dead and sad, apart from the daffodils! The grass needs a cut and, yes, there are still weeds! My husband has big reorganisation plans and employed my eldest over half-term to smash stuff up. I hope at some point the rest of the plans will be put into action, because it looks a mess at the moment! I’m also quietly crossing my fingers that this could be the year we get a gardener. Just for the damn weeds!
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  9. February 26, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Our poor garden gets neglected in the winter. I have just been out today to do a bit of tidying but when the whether gets nicer I will enjoy making it all nice again!
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  10. February 28, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    I too forget we have a garden – and I do have a lovely one too! Thank you for reminding me that I need to get out in it (when it stops raining!) Kaz x

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