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Into the wild

Overgrown grass, wild flowers, neglected old fruit trees. This was the type of garden I loved as child. Magic, secret gardens that you could play games in for hours at time. So I wonder why now, I feel so different about how a garden should look. Tidy edges, neat borders perfectly pruned roses. Maybe a topiary or two? Not quite. But my idea of a good looking garden lies somewhere in the middle. Although at the moment, I can't imagine ever taming my overgrown jungle into state that I'm completely happy with. Let alone have time for a bit of hedge clipping.
But today, when I was working in the garden, feeling somewhat overwhelmed at the enormity of it all, I watched the little ones playing. There were trees to climb, long grass to run through, flowers to pick. In summer there are strawberries, blackcurrants, raspberries and wild blackberries and hopefully this autumn, there'll be apples and cherries.
Hugo has plenty of sawdust pile to drive trucks through, flowers to pick and eggs to collect.

Elsa found a dinosaur bone (okay it was a rat skull but to her, it was prehistoric), built a home for a squirrel, helped plant some flowers and counted the garlic (74!).

Watching them play outside today, I realised, my wild and woolly garden is just how I like it.


  1. This is a beautiful entry - made me reminisce about my childhood.. and how I use to jump the fence to the old lady's backyard and pick her blue flowers (which I now know are weeds, so I was probably doing her a favour...!) and then scampering along the long back fence, behind the big old brown Mare who would eat sugar cubes out of my hand and munch on the blue flowers.

    Oh to be a child again!

  2. Sound perfect to me!!! Nothing worse than going to someone else's house with the kids and they giving you the know....the get the kids off the garden look!!! Let them at it!!!

  3. A perfect garden indeed. I love it.

  4. Your garden is perfect because it's a working garden Michelle. As far as I know ornamental topiary ficus trees don't produce anything edible, so you keep doing what you're doing - I love it. And it looks like the kids are in agreement too!
    Millie ^_^

  5. It sounds like kiddie Heaven, I'm very jealous.

  6. So sweet! ;)

    P.S. This is the time of year I get to be really jealous of you... your Spring/Summer means icky Winter for us.

  7. a garden to be proud of for sure. inspiring!

  8. 74 garlic plants....each year our garlic crop expands, each year we eat more, 74 sounds good.

    Great looking garden.