This Saturday was a gusty windy day. The kids, hubby and I went to our local park for a walk and to feed the ducks.
I love family walks. The fresh air clears the cobwebs in my mind and, let’s be honest, watching toddlers walk, is the cutest thing ever. My youngest is so pleased by his walking abilities he has a smile permanently plastered on his little face!
As I was looking around and admiring the foliage in the park, I remembered a piece of advice my Dad gave me when I first started attempting to garden. My Dad said I should take note of the plants the local council use. They have knowledge of the plants that thrive the best in their local soil and which plants are the most hardy and require the least maintanence. Therefore, you end up spending less and, if you’re a new gardener like myself, decrease the chances of accidentally killing off a plant and wasting money!
I love the mix of texture and colour here. The soft brown grass, bulky shiny green leaves of the hedge and hard red twigs of the dogwood trees.
Over the past several years I’ve noticed I have more success with ‘hardy’ plants as opposed to fiddly ‘pretty’ flowers. Maybe it’s just all down to my inexperience. But it’s encouraging to see how others are able to make garden spaces interesting and attractive simply with hardy plants.