This is the back garden when we first viewed the cottage; sunny and pretty but very overgrown. We were delighted to find plenty of lovely crocosmia and several shrubs including two hydrangeas, a couple of roses and some evergreens.
We didn’t even know that there was a patio hidden at the back, next to that hedge.
This is the side hedge, a mixture of good plants but also bindweed and brambles. It’s a haven for wildlife though and we knew we would keep it, it just needed some attention. The sparrows love it!
October 2017, just as building work started. You can see the structure a little more. The walkway to the left is a fire escape from the then derelict hotel next door. That’s now been removed and the hotel has been renovated into apartments. The brown stems are from a dead buddleia which we have managed to extract.
Of course the garden was a very useful place to store slates and timber before removal. Most of the usable timber has been sawn up for use in the log burner, no point wasting well-seasoned wood!
By summer 2019 we could clear the garden and start planting. We found a rockery and stocked it with lavender, hardy geraniums, ajuga and salvia, and put another hydrangea in at the back.
Fast forward to February 2020. We improved the fencing and added some bulbs and primroses to the patch. We’ve also reseeded the lawn which is still recovering from the building work. It should sprout soon.
Here’s the patio back in the summer, lovely for a sunny breakfast with a sea view. We’ve even spent a balmy August evening star-gazing from this spot.
And there’s a shady spot for furry friends too
Up near the patio we have recently (Feb 2020) planted some shrubs, a camelia, dogwoods and a spiraea. Also some fragrant lily of the valley which hopefully will spread. The goal is year-round interest with low maintenance. Not an easy tightrope to walk!
So this is where we’ve got to. Now we just need Cornwall’s normally gentle climate and Mother Nature to do their work.