A garden for children of all ages.
Since, some three or four years ago we decided to stop mowing our lawn but create a native flower “mead” in its place, we have been fascinated by how much more interesting our garden has become – and also by the fascination this style of gardening seems to engender in the neighbours who have come to look around it.
What sort of garden you have depends, of course, on your personal taste. We have done formal gardening in the past with some success and we have friends who garden in that style whose plots we love to visit … or would love to visit if ever travelling becomes possible again. At our stage in life this is what we enjoy – as do the birds and butterflies and skunks and it was their needs that really caused us to make the transition.
I mentioned above having occasional visitors who wanted to see what can be achieved. At first we suffered a little trepidation because it is so easy for people to condemn a no-mow garden aesthetic as being “scruffy” or “filled with weeds” or “lazy”. But on the contrary, the general comment has been how much they love the idea and wish they could do something similar (answer – you can).
Something we really have loved in giving these tours has been that several of the visitors have brought their young children along and without exception the kids eyes have widened and they have rapidly disappeared down the narrow access paths we cut through the mead and into the shadier corners from which they have to be winkled out when it is time to leave.
Anyway, July this year has brought everything to a colourful peak. Enough of my words – here are a few early morning, low light views of the garden as it stands on the last day of July. Should anyone be interested in knowing more please get in touch – apart from gardening with wildlife and native flowers there is nothing we like so much as talking about gardening.