Evolution …

It’s an old and very true adage that gardens are a continual work-in-progress (WIP as we authors say!). Bryngwyn began her/his – s/he is continually changing gender on me! – evolution as soon as I came for the first viewing. I’d not even turned the car engine off when I parked in the yard here before I felt grabbed by the throat 😊, it was love at first sight for both of us. She (she’s settled on “she” for today *rolls eyes*) just took my breath away. I love the house itself, for me it’s really attractive, the views are to die for, and the garden … Well, it was a poor wretched mess last June, nobody had cared for it for a good long while, just bash over it with a strimmer and hack down anything that looked too tall. My predecessor had moved out over a year before and she (as time has shown) was not what I’d call a good gardener!

But still Bryngwyn grabbed me. It was all, “You can do it! You can help me be what I want to be! I’ll look after you. we can have fun together. And I’ll feed you energy too.” She’s certainly done all that and, it seems from the very quick responses from the garden, I’m doing what she wants too. That’s always the best way with gardens (with anything, actually!), ASK it what it needs and wants, develop a dialogue of what’s possible from there. Being pagan I have no problem chatting with what many people call inanimate objects” and I find I get so much help for what might otherwise seem difficult problems when I do that. Everybody ought to try it 😊.

So, my first job was to sit-with the garden spirit and discuss what she needed, and tell her what I would like and what I really need to feel good in life. She quickly gave me an outline plan …


It’s quite complex, I think that’s because both she and I got excited, kept adding things! But that’s OK, it was just the beginning.

As you can see, there are 4 basic beds – north, ext, south and west – plus a rather complex, Posh Garden Show design centrepiece!

The next thing was to see about digging the beds. Aha moment! I wasn’t about to be able to do that without a mini-digger … and there’s no way I know how to work one of those! The topsoil is about 3-4 inches deep and then you need quarrying tools. Ahem! Rethink!

So we did …

Garden said she was happy with me getting a mini-digger (+ driver) in so I found a nice local one. He arrived at 8am along with the man who was helping with the gardening (lovely chap, called Guy), and they set to work. It was quickly apparent that I had a whole new learning curve to do … how to garden in a quarry! But the digger-man dug out the basic beds, stacked up the topsoil, and dug out the pond. The garden also insisted she wanted the cotoneaster-n-sycamore hedge cutting off most of the south side of the garden out. Both digger-man and Guy were a bit doubtful but she insisted, so I insisted, and the plants almost jumped out of the ground on their own, much to guy and digger-man’s surprise 😊.


That immediately changed the garden plans, let in a load more light, and improved the view as you sat by the pond. It also exposed 2 glorious variegated spindles, a box bush, 3 enormous roses, and a lovely fuchsia, they’d all been smothered and invisible under the cotoneaster-n-sycamore hedge! Just shows what happens when you listen to the garden spirit and stop trying to figure it all out in your own head LOL. As you can see, things got simplified! Tip: simple is almost always best. Try to be too complex and you screw up, and that goes for everything not just gardens.

Once the digger-man had been the Moongate could go in, not before or his machine would have ripped it out again. That made such a difference. It’s an immediate connection line between the Samahin, NW corner where the pond is, and the Beltane SE corner now held by the Moongate. Yes, it was coming together.

You can see the view out to the Lawley hill through the Moongate, and you get that view sat by the pond, we were connecting with the outer landscape not just the inner garden.

And that’s the shape of the garden Bryngwyn likes, and so do I. A garden is a never ending project but they usually do have an inner skeleton, framework, that holds them in the form they wish to be. The gardener’s job is to find that skeleton. It’s a bit like the sculptor Michelangelo said, that the statue was hidden inside the stone, waiting to be discovered. So are gardens 😊.

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