With May, plants shoot up and are getting ready to welcome the summer months. When you’re tending your garden day to day – sowing seeds, potting on, adding new plants – you don’t realise quite how much has changed until you look at photos or videos from a few months ago. The last video I took of the garden was in August. We had just moved in, and I was mainly doing damage control.
A quick recap
We moved down to Oxfordshire in stages. First, my husband moved down in July in time to start his new job. We moved all the furniture and I slept on a blow-up bed for the remainder 8 weeks until I finished working my notice. On the day we were supposed to move the furniture, however, I presented the removal guys with my precious haul of plants I had painstakingly selected from the allotment. They took one glance at them and told me that, unfortunately, they would not fit in the van. We created a make-shift greenhouse in the living room, and the plants survived on little light and water for a couple of weeks.
I said goodbye to the plants a fortnight later and hoped they survived yet another traumatic time. My husband has no interest in gardening whatsoever, but the first thing he did when the plants arrived was to give them a good soak, and send me photos of how they were doing. They even got a visit from a bee. My plants were home.
Fast-forward 9 months and most plants have survived. The strawberries I had taken with me have died, but that was due to an abundant number of chaffer grubs that had eaten away at the roots and heart of the plant. I suppose the aim of making videos and having them public is to show that just because you rent your home doesn’t mean you cannot have a beautiful garden. And container gardens don’t have to be boring. Sure, there’s more watering involved, and perhaps it’s not wise to plant very big specimens, but overall I feel I can express my creativity just as well.