One new year resolution I set for myself a couple of years ago was to set about improving my garden.  I have the usual 30 x 50 foot space out the back of the house, laid mostly to lawn and with a small newly installed patio of mixed slabs where the battered shed used to reside.  I had always planned to have lovely big flowering borders, full of spring bulbs, shrubs and cutting flowers – many an hour has been spent poring over gardening design books and endless trips to heritage gardens for inspiration and just the joy of walking out in the air amongst some of the most beautiful plants known to mankind.

My project is slowly taking shape, I have hired help with heavy stuff like digging, lawn mowing.   I have the lovelier task of obtaining the plants – and the absolute joy of taking time out there to recharge my batteries and share this peace with the birds.