I’m Julie Quinn and welcome to my gardening blog about a cottage garden in North London.
My style is a jumbled close planting of shrubs and simple perennials with lots of bulbs, self seeders and herbs. I’m aiming for a chaotic abundance of colour, scent and movement.
The front garden in Spring
And this is the back garden
This blog is about how I work on creating this style of garden and what I love about it – what I plant and what I don’t – what has worked and what hasn’t and how we use the space.
We came in 1988 and the garden looked like this:
the beginning of my making a garden
We were so lucky to inherit a magnolia and an apple tree in the back and a big cherry tree in the front.
front garden in 1988
Sadly the cherry tree died many years ago and we took it out.
We’ve had to put up a few new fences over the years but started out with this one.
I’d previously done nothing more than plant petunias in a window box in a first floor flat.
For a few years we lived with the lawn, conifers, azaleas and rambling roses.
Then in the 1990s I visited East Lambrook Manor in Somerset and fell in love with hardy geraniums, alchemilla and the wild unkempt look of a true cottage garden – I was hooked!
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