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Saturday, 2 July 2022

A Taunton Garden

 Two posts from me in one day - how lucky are you!

However, no sewing here, just a record of our new garden and it is picture heavy!

When we moved to our new home in Taunton back in January, the garden was looking sad. The house had been empty for a couple of years and although the grass had been cut no other work had happened. Surprisingly quite a few shrubs survived the neglect and we also had a showing of spring bulbs to brighten things up. Here are a couple of pictures I took back at the end of January before Philip started to work his magic.

One of the first things we did was to remove the horrible brown railings which bordered the path - those uprights went soon after this picture was taken - and paint white the one outside the conservatory which we left for safety reasons.

Philip then set to work and dug a new bed in that corner and moved a shrub from the bottom of the garden by the greenhouse into the new space.

The space at the side of the greenhouse was widened and eventually dug over to become a small veg area.

The next job was to say goodbye to this sad specimen

and create a small pond to attract some wildlife.

Denzil the decoy seems quite at home there and the pond is already attracting dragonflies and other insects.

Meanwhile lots of planting was going on around the garden and seed sewing and growing in the greenhouse.

Some early flowers

A couple of views from May.

And some May flowers.

In June the garden was starting to fill out nicely.

And the fences got a coat of green paint!

And a few pictures from today.

The small veg plot is doing well and I have been picking mange tout peas and courgettes. We dug our first potatoes last week.

I have been picking a handful of tomatoes most day for several weeks now.

My 'herb garden'.

So I hope you enjoyed my tour of the garden and thank you if you made it this far! I shall try and update garden photos as we go along in future!


  1. Your garden is so much work yet so worth it! I love that you have a green house. Perhaps someday I will build me one.
    Very very nice little pond!!!

  2. Thank you for the tour. You have made a lovely place for yourselves. I wish I had a green thumb and have such a wonderful place to sit and relax. Enjoy it for me. Say hi to Denzil too, haha. ;^)

  3. Big changes, it's looking good. Is that a hedgehog ramp I see in the corner of the pond?

  4. Wonderful changes! You’ve done a lot in a short time.

  5. Wow, you have quite a transformation. I love the decoy. And the flowers are wonderful.

  6. Wow, what a huge difference in a relatively short time... its looking so good and being productive... well done to both of you...

  7. It's looking lovely - interesting that you are attracting dragonflies - here we would be attracting mosquitoes! but I love the fish in it.

  8. Goodness, what a garden paradise you and Philip have created. From the 'before' photo of the sad backyard to the photos through the months there is such a remarkable change. Your garden is beautiful, Lin. Love the little pond and the table setting nearby. Such a lovely place to sit and enjoy all the beauty.

  9. Such a delight to enjoy a lovely garden. You have done a lot of work. Lovely blooms.

  10. Wonderful... you have designed the garden beautifully.
    It was a pleasure to walk in it.
    I love the May flowers - here at home they are called dandelion... "Löwenzahn"
    hug Viola

  11. Wow... what a beautiful transformation you’ve accomplished. Love the garden xox

  12. I am filled with wonder at how much you & Philip have managed to makeover that yard! It is such a beautiful, peaceful spot. Loved all the pictures!

  13. It is such a lovely garden. Well worth the work.

  14. Such a beautiful garden now, filled with colour. Will you get some frogs in the pond do you think?

  15. love all the garden pics.......its pretty

  16. An amazing garden transformation.

  17. A true transformation - well done, both!

  18. What a beautiful transformation, Lin! I love your pond, and how you’ve made a sparse neglected yard into a colourful, cheering and productive sanctuary at your new home. Love it all! 🌷


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