A garden update: Early Summer 2016


First of all, huge apologies for the silence this week. It has been half term, and I’ve been here, there and everywhere. I’ve also been working on the next set of meal plans (for Summer – find the Spring ones here), and they take much longer than most blog posts. But I’ve been meaning to give a garden update for ages. So here it is!

I finally feel like we’re starting to get to grips with the garden – after living here for nearly two years! To be fair to us, the first year, we moved in at the end of August and we focused on the house. Last summer, while I was mid-pregnancy, I managed to do a bit of work in the front garden and take out a really annoying border in front of the door. But this year, we – or rather, Tim – has done a lot of work in the back garden.

We didn’t have much of a patio or space to eat outside. The extension was built on top of the original patio, and the patio wasn’t extended. We love eating outside but we couldn’t really do it last year, partly as our garden furniture was a bit past it, but mostly because there was nowhere to put a table and chairs.

So earlier this month, with some back-breaking work, Tim finished extending our patio, and we got some furniture from Preloved. We love it! He’s done a brilliant job.

New patio and furniture - Garden update 2016

We’ve cooked the first pizzas of the summer in the pizza oven, and my cousin Peter came to visit.

Pizza oven

Eating outside - Life by Naomi

The plants in the garden have really started to flourish. We’ve still got a lot of work to do as the plants seem quite over crowded, but I’ve taken out lots of the Crocosmia which were getting invasive. I find our garden really dark (ideally I’d love to have lighter, less orange, fencing) so I’m planning to bring in some plants with lighter foliage and some plants which flower for longer. Hydrangeas, roses, geraniums and clematis are all on my list.

Photinia - Life by Naomi

In the meantime, the peonies are starting to bloom, the photinia is looking stunning and the Japanese Maple is looking really healthy at the moment. The bulbs have all gone, and I’m definitely getting rid of the bluebell clump this year.


It’s really difficult to find enough time for gardening at the moment so the weeds are growing faster than I can pull them out, and the lawn constantly needs mowing. But it has been brilliant to spend so much time in the garden over the last few weeks. The weather has been amazing and the soggy lawn is finally starting to dry out!

Hopefully – besides the weeding – I’ll find some time for blogging this weekend. I have so many posts planned, and several that are going to be really out of date if I don’t get them done soon!

Thanks for sticking with me. I’m always around on Facebook or Instagram though!


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By Naomi


  1. Reply

    Aaah you put me to shame!!! I was supposed to do this last month — AND this — and I feel like I’m SO behind with everything!! So much for doing my garden post each month… at this rate, my updated will be seasonal!!!! 🙂 Love the beautiful Peony in the last shot — what a gorgeous colour!! Ours are a really, really deep pink red shade — it’s lovey to see all the different varieties! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us! Caro x #HomeEtc

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      It was on my ‘to blog’ list for ages! I will try and keep up with it over the summer, and the peonies only lasted about a week so it’s good to remember it.

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    Oh your garden is beautiful! What a stunning space and so inviting. Love it – and here’s to more entraining this summer! Thanks for sharing. Jess xx #HomeEtc

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      I don’t think I’d describe it as beautiful but it’s looking a bit better than it was!

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