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TEN YEARS LATER ...

How did you get drawn into spending all your spare time gardening?  We bought this house and garden ten years ago this week so that our children would have somewhere to play.  And yet it seems to be the adults here who now spend all their time in the garden.   I've co-opted this week's post to take a look back at what the garden looked like way back then.  In each of these photo pairs, I've tried to take exactly the same view.
1. The Rose GardenThis picture shows the gravel terrace at the back of the house and our fine collection of outbuildings. Arthur 'Two Sheds' Jackson would be very envious.  The garden has some great mature trees, plenty of lawn, but as for borders - not much to see.


Here is the same view ten years later. This is the Rose Garden  with Mercury marking the centre.  The purple hazel is still there, but much larger, despite being reduced each year.  The ceanothus just to the right of it died the first winter we were here when temperatures went down …

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