One of my passions in life is gardening. My Grandmother had the most beautiful garden and I have so many fond memories of my time spent in it. So when myself and Mr. C bought our first home together I wanted to create a wonderful outdoor space, so we could create our own wonderful memories. One of the things I pride myself on when it comes to our garden is the way it is so full of colour and interest all year round. Back in Spring I shared a post about how I created a springtime garden, but now we are in summer I wanted to share a post all about our summertime garden.
Summer is such a wonderful season when it comes to gardening because so many flowers come into bloom and fruit begins to adorn our plants. We’ve been particularly lucky with our apple tree and raspberry plants this year. We’ve had quite a lot of fruit spare so have put it to good use by putting it in tasty crumbles all summer.
This sudden burst of colour and fruits brings a range of different insects to our garden, making it an interesting and rich wildlife haven. The boys love running around the garden finding all the different bees, butterflies, worms and beetles. This year there have been a lot of spiders and we even managed to watch a few catch flies, which is fascinating to watch (although not for the flies). We get a lot of birds nesting in the tress and conifers in neighbouring gardens and the boys stumbled upon a cracked egg, which started a great conversation about the life cycle of birds.
With the warmer summer months, comes the opportunity to have more date nights outside. We built a little seating area under a pergola at the back of the garden with its own little winding pathway leading up to it. The pergola is surrounded by flowers, but the most beautiful in the summer is the climbing rose at the front of it. We’ve been working at training it around the pergola and this year it has really started to look how we want it.
The roses smell amazing, so when we sit out in the pergola, under fairy lights, with a fire burning in the fire pit it is such a lovely experience. Myself and Mr. C love sitting out there talking over a few glasses of wine. As the sun sets and dusk starts to fall we also get the most wonderful display of bats flying overhead as the stars start to come out, which is amazing to watch.
As much as I love seeing my garden come to life in the warmer months, one of the main reasons I love my garden in the summer is because my rose bushes on the back border come into flower. We planted three rose bushes for the three babies I’ve miscarried. They are my reminder than even through heartache and pain, I can look at something so beautiful and pure and remember them. For although I never met them, they will forever hold a place in my heart.