June was a pretty great month for the garden. All of the ground work was done, things were on track and many plants were starting to flower.
Rumbles was happy – although he’d by this point set his sights on destroying the Buddleia in the background.
Peas and radishes I’d grown in the local community garden were ready to eat
Our first sweet peas were looking very pretty
One Dahlia couldn’t wait to start flowering
Rumbles was helping me revise for my final RHS Level 2 exams – which were consuming most of my time by this point.
The tomatoes I’d sown in February were ready
In fact, everything was looking pretty cool 😀
And for the record, the seed grown front ‘Sissinghurst white garden’ did exist… for one day.
Then reality hit and our other major project began at the end of June – our complete flat renovation works.
lol! At the end of June, all of our ex-rental furniture was thrown out, our remaining belongings put into storage and we moved into the front living room where we lived for four months. We were actually really excited at this point.
We were literally gutting the entire flat, changing the layout and knocking two massive new doors out into the garden. While living there.
Our builders were absolutely, totally amazing at helping us maintain the Big Dreams, Small Spaces garden. Despite all of the odds, they went out of their way to protect every single plant. It was incredible. In fact, Rumbles our cat destroyed more plants than the builders as they didn’t harm a single one! And ultimately, they delivered a brilliant flat renovation for us.
However, the reality of living in a small flat with a tiny garden while loads of other people are trying to work in it and doing construction work was a bit silly of us. It was difficult and I won’t lie, it took its toll on both Chris and I.
The garden became a weird ballet of Dahlias in pots being shuffled around construction equipment.
Back in came the front ‘white garden’.
July and the garden hit its peak, actually looking its most beautiful at this point. Although I think only Chris, I and the builders were the ones to really see it as scaffolding went up and our small space became no space… oh, and Rumbles our cat who loved it!
The hardest part was watering and trying to make sure plants had enough sunlight
In July, we decided to get away from it all for a week and went on holiday to East Sussex and Kent, visiting more inspirational gardens (both Victorian and otherwise) on the way.
It was a nice moral booster, visiting Sissinghurst, Nymans, Great Dixter, Wakehurst Place, Monk’s House and many others in one week.