Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2019

A Troubling Start. Our cottage is centuries old. It is a ‘listed’ building; meaning that is has protected status and modifications cannot be made, externally. This ensures the building retains it’s historical appearance. It is timber framed and all of the original wood beams remained in place. That is, until we discovered that the cottage…

Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2018

What an icey start to the year. this was! We started with snow and it went on for a couple of months. This was pretty deep and the snow drifted on the land around our cottage, here by the Suffolk coast. We had moments of seeming reprieve, when it seemed at last that the thaw…

Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2017

I’m afraid I don’t have many photos of the garden, from 2017, that are just of the garden. Most are filled with family and friends who came to enjoy time with us. Still, as you will see from the gallery of photos, below, the garden started to take shape. This is the first time that…

Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2016

With so much focus on infrastructure in the previous years, this year became a year that focused on ‘beautifying’ the garden, so to speak. The year began without the snowfall we had become accustomed to and, while I love a heavy snowfall, it was actually a welcomed change. I wanted to crack on with progressing…

Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2015

With the hedgerow now well established; formed predominantly of hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, hornbeam and wild rose, we saw increased varieties of wildlife coming to the garden. In the gallery, below, you will see that a beautiful barn owl became a regular visitor to our garden. This would be a transformative year in the garden, for…

Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2014

This was a year in which we started considerable planting. The year had started with another period of snow. The dogs had now reached an age where they were very feisty and challenging; ‘the terrible twos’. This meant they were full of energy and play and that they would delight in digging up the garden….

It’s Tail Drops Off!

I was delighted to discover a Slow Worm in the garden, this week. These little creatures are classed, I believe, as endangered and so knowing that they are existing safely in our cottage garden is great news. The whole ethos behind the garden is to encourage and attract in all forms of wildlife. It seems…

Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2013

This was a year which started with quite a persistent snowfall. I tend to dread the onset of snow, because it has always brought prolonged cold that causes me considerable physical pain. I was still pre-Parkinson’s diagnosis, though I much suspected Parkinson’s, in 2013. Yet, I was still living with the symptoms and these were…

Be Among Them

I recently decided to add a new flower bed to our cottage garden. This has taken me months, for I do just a little at a time so as not to antagonise the Parkinson’s Disease that I have. I’m one for wanting to be drawn into a garden. I like there to be little corners…

Our Suffolk Cottage Garden: 2012

(I can’t find garden photos for 2011, but if they turn up, I will make a post about the garden in 2011). From my post about our garden in 2010, we sadly had to put our beautiful dog, Fred, to sleep in January 2011. His loss was absolutely enormous and we were utterly heartbroken. To…