One of the things I love about having blogged for so many years is that I can look back on how things were and how things are now. I know in my head that our garden was a field when we came fourteen years ago. But it is hard to remember how it was. What I see when I wander around has come about so slowly that I have lost the sense of how it was. This picture shows the native tree bed at the bottom of our field. It was planted first with trees and dogwoods about ten years ago. In the picture above the bed is about three years old, with snowdrops beginning to spread and the dogwoods starting to grow.
This is how it looks now, ten years on, the trees large and shady, the dogwoods growing and the hellebores in full flower. The trees tower above your head. It is hard to think that they have not always been there.
It is so easy to forget how things change. This picture shows the newly planted orchard in spring 2009, ten years ago. The trees were twiggy sticks. On the left is a plum and on the right a little damson tree. There are daffodils all round the trees. Directly after we planted the trees I planted loads of bulbs, about five hundred. As you can see, when they came up they were totally lost in the scale of the field and looked like nothing at all, a bit sad considering how long it had taken to plant them. So the following autumn I planted the same number again.
But look what ten years does! The plum tree is spreading, the damson is in flower and the Tenby daffodils have spread and carpet the orchard. I haven't put any more in since that second planting but they are settled here now, spreading gently every year.
And this is a whole bed which we planted: amelanchier, tiny violets, euphorbia, primroses with later in the spring foxgloves and aquilegia.
When I walk about seeing weeding needing to be done and the garden as a vast job which does happen to me from time to time, it is good to step back and see the larger picture.