Stage one: This was the state of the garden when we first looked round the house
Stage 2: Once we had cleared the previous owners rubbish out of the garden.
Stage 3: The first spring in the house after we had sorted out the design, lawn, shed etc.
Stage 4: Two years in the house and the garden feels pretty established.
The garden is north facing and we have had to think carefully about what to plant as it doesn't get nearly as much sunlight as our old flat. Also the damp shady conditions are a snails paradise and we have a serious snail issue.
We have a patio by the house that gets sun up until about lunch time so we try and eat as many breakfast as possible out here.
The end of the garden gets the most sunshine but unfortunately that's where our bike shelter and shed are. I have managed to shoe horn in our hot house so all the seedlings grow.
We tried to plant quite a lot of evergreen plants that would give a good coverage in winter and don't mind being in the shade. This fern is going bonkers and the jasmine tree behind is pretty happy too.
And so that's it, our little Harlesden haven. It's a bit rough around the edges as I've pretty much let it look after itself this year. It's not a patch on our last flat and when we move again it will be a high priority to get a south facing garden. That said, it is beautiful, Joseph LOVES it and so do I. I really find it to be my little oasis of calm in an often crazy world.