How Does Your Garden Grow?

How does your garden grow? Well, my name isn’t Mary (tho I am sometimes contrary), but that is a very good question. I don’t have a bloody clue, but am hoping by joining in with Mammasaurus‘s linky of the same name I might pick up some tips.

Our new house has a little garden – it is beautiful – ivy strewn walls, a little lawn for picnics and football, and borders filled with a mixture of mature shrubs, weeds and brambles. It needs a little love, but the bones are gorgeous.


how does you garden grow

Our new garden.

Our new garden.


I am delighted to have a garden again after a five year break, but a little clueless. My only previous garden was all lawn Β – other than a hardy hedge there was nothing to cut back, prune, weed or care for. I don’t even know what most of these plants are. I have been pointing out dead things to my Mum and asking ‘Is that dead dead or just waiting for spring?’ – see – clueless!



pink blossom


My other half should know more, he was a gardener, briefly, many years ago. We want to grow some stuff with Syd – potatoes, sunflowers, strawberries – kid’s gardening classics. We want to sort the patchy lawn out a bit (tho with two boys that may be futile!).



pink flower


I am loving sitting on the little bench, wrapped against the chilliness of morning, for my first coffee of the day. We have birds, lots of birds, and an abundance of empty snail shells to show for it. They are nesting in the bushes. The mother blackbird is taking particular care it seems, discarding one bit of moss for a plumper bit, swapping out twigs, making her home beautiful, as I do similar inside our new abode. We are bonding over this nesting I feel, and I am leaving her titbits of food out, which she scampers up to snatch from the patio, cocking her head to give me a brief look of thanks as she does so.




Syd is loving having his own patch of outdoors and spends the day climbing Β in and out of his wellies, often on the wrong feet, as he goes out for another potter. He has a little sand table, and a small football goal and a beautiful tin watering can that he is rather generously favouring a dandelion on the lawn with – poor thing is no doubt drowning.

Hasn’t it been lovely to be able to bask in the sunshine the last few days, I am feeling blessed that we have found ourselves a home with an outdoor space at the perfect time of year to make the most of the outdoor season.

Love Miss Cisco XXX






  1. March 24, 2015 / 11:12 am

    what a lovely garden, I bet you have loads of fun discovering what it’s going to bring you over the coming months. We have a new garden too, but it’s just that, a new garden…a couple of years ago it was a building site and now it’s a patch of grass. I will make something beautiful out of it when it’s willing to co-operate with me (last year it just swallowed everything I tried to plant)
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  2. March 24, 2015 / 11:34 am

    I think they say you should wait a year in a new garden before you get too radical. You might dig up some gems. Looks like you have a few nice plants in there.
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  3. March 24, 2015 / 11:36 am

    That is indeed, a lovely garden. I’m so pleased for you guys, especially after loads of disappointments, you managed to find a beautiful home. I’m hoping our turn will be next! πŸ˜‰

  4. March 24, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    what a lovely looking garden, we recently just moved into ours so its a little untidy and unkept but hoping to make it look pretty for the summer

  5. March 24, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    Although I’m not a huge fan of gardening I would miss it if I didn’t have one, especially with Spring here. I love the look of your garden it looks like such a tranquil place to relax in the sunshine.
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  6. March 24, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    Ooh I woud love to have a little bench to sit on to sip a morning coffee especiallywhen it comes to warmer weather. Sounds blissful. x
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  7. March 25, 2015 / 9:52 am

    I’m starting to wake the garden up

  8. March 25, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    It sounds like your new abode is really suiting you and I am so glad. Gorgeous photos, we have a very boring garden with a lawn and not much else, but that suits me as I am rubbish at gardening.
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  9. March 25, 2015 / 7:02 pm

    Your garden looks lovely πŸ™‚ xx

  10. March 26, 2015 / 9:10 am

    I am the worst gardener in the world, I wish I was better (or did it at all!) but thankfully Tom is ok at remembering to plant a few bits. Your’s looks lovely! x
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  11. March 26, 2015 / 10:52 am

    What a pretty garden, it looks as if it’s been well-loved in the past. A tip for seeing if things are dead or not, especially for things with woody-type stems is to scratch it with your fingernail a little. If it’s green or white then it’s still alive and will recover from a small scratch, if it’s brown then usually it’s dead! #hdygg
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    • March 26, 2015 / 10:53 am

      Thank you – that is a really useful tip!

  12. March 26, 2015 / 11:04 am

    Many congratulations on your new garden! Last May we moved to a house that had a garden for the first time in four years and boy did it feel good. Even an allotment and a balcony covered in plants cannot beat the feeling of having your own space to potter in each evening after work. Look forward to seeing what you do with it.
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  13. March 26, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Congratulations on having a garden again πŸ™‚ I’ve seen starlings in our garden collecting things for their nest – yesterday ripping dried up bits off the sage bush! I am looking forward to when it’s warm in the morning and I can eat my bowl of cereal while slowly walking round the garden – lovely!
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  14. March 26, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Congratulations on having a garden again πŸ™‚ I’ve seen the starlings in our garden collecting things for their nest – yesterday ripping dried up bits off the sage bush! I am looking forward to when it’s warm in the morning and I can eat my bowl of cereal while slowly walking round the garden – lovely!
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  15. March 26, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    What a lovely read Sonya, I’m so excited for you! How lovely for Syd to have somewhere to potter and there really is nothing better than a cup of coffee whilst basking in the spring sunshine. X
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  16. March 26, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    I’m pretty clueless too, but I muddle along in my garden and seek advice from my parents when I need a bit of assistance. Your garden looks intriguing. I am curious to see what emerges as the seasons change. There’s lots of different textures and hide-y places too. I bet the birds love it there πŸ™‚
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  17. March 26, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    I’ve been loving following your garden antics on instagram. After the stresses pre-move it’s been so good to see Syd enjoying your new garden and I have total garden wall envy!

    In the past I’ve always worked on on the one year garden rule – plant what you like but don’t do anything too drastic for a year. That way you give things a year to push their way up and I guarantee that you’ll be surprised at what pops up!

    Lovely to see your garden and have you joining in Sonya πŸ™‚
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  18. March 27, 2015 / 6:12 am

    Sounds and looks idyllic. I love watching the birds in my garden too – I have a few fat balls about a meter from my kitchen window and never tire of watching them feeding. You have reminded me i should try and put a few bits out to help them with their nesting! #hdygg
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  19. March 28, 2015 / 8:33 am

    Your garden is lovely! It must feel great to have some open space after all that time.
    You’re in the same position we were in a year ago – no idea what’s in the garden and no idea if it’s even supposed to be there! It was fun watching it evolve over the course of the spring and summer, though πŸ™‚
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