I have always known that the time would come when we would have to sell Croft Garden Cottage and the autumn of 2018 was the right time. The hard part was making the decision and as I am not prone to sentimentality there are no regrets, especially as we have some lovely new neighbours. We still have the croft, the vegetable garden with the orchard, fruit cages and the big polytunnel, but the cottage garden now has new custodians.
Gardens are studies in perpetual motion, they are constantly changing, evolving and growing, but they never achieve perfection; although just sometimes there is the transient moment when you allowed a smile of pleasure at a small triumph. There is also the stage when you realise that in its present form that the garden has fulfilled its potential and that further development requires rather more than tinkering around the edges. There is also the benefit of hindsight and experience. After ten years of learning how to garden in a gale on sand, I now have a better idea of how to structure and plant a garden to cope with the local conditions. Somehow I did not have the heart to take the scorched earth route and start again, so better to pass it on to new owners and not look back. It will be hard not to have the occasional look over the garden wall, or leave an offering of plants on the door step, but it is time to move on.
So as an indulgence in nostalgia, here are some of the moments that have made me smile.
For those of you who have shared some of the small triumphs and encouraged me through the bad patches, thank you- these are for you.