After many months of playing the part of a builder’s yard, the garden is finally starting to return to its former shape (not glory yet, but we’ll get there in time). It’s amazing the effect a bit of decent turf – or sod as Canada calls the stuff – and some warm rain can have in July.

A new canvas to paint on.

Yesterday we were talking to our neighbour who commented that our garden is incredibly “English”. We hadn’t planned it that way at all, we just garden the way that feels right to us and which attracts birds and butterflies and keeps the rest of the world out of sight so I guess the Englishness of our style must be inbuilt after all these years … the Canadian style, by contrast, is more minimal upkeep.

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