After yesterdays post in which I gave a brief update on my summer garden, I received such complimentary comments and praise that I started to feel like a bit of a fraud. The reality is that it is still a young, developing garden with quite a number of unsightly corners and patches that need work. I seem to have become quite good at taking photos at angles that show my garden as a lush flowering little haven, and truth be told, I also tend to only show those areas in the garden that I am reasonably happy with.

So to keep things real, just for today I’ve decided to “show and tell” some (not all) of the less attractive spots in my garden (including an ailing plant). Only today. Just this once. We’ll call it “The Ugly Post”, ok?

Empty patches

The still bare “Garden of Twelve“…The still bare "Garden of 12"

I’ve not been inspired to work on itI've been uninspired to work on it

An ailing Azalea (I don’t know why)An ailing Azalea (I don't know why)

and the gorgeous one next to itand the gorgeous one next to it

Crowded in front, bare at the backCrowded in front, bare at the back

Lots of bare patches in the backLots of bare patches in the back

We’re slowly filling up here …We're slowly filling up here ...

and here and there …and here and there ...

and waiting for things to growand waiting for things to grow

and waiting for things to fill outand waiting for things to fill out

Oh dear, where did all the pretty go? Most of these photos are from my unfinished, work-in-progress back garden, which seems to be a bottomless pit that sucks up and devours plants. I’ve been buying plants on an almost weekly basis for a year now and I STILL have huge bare patches back there. I’m starting to wonder if it will ever look like those gorgeous flower-filled beds I see on all the blogs and in magazines … surely one day it will have enough plants to wow my socks off? I’m optimistic. Maybe NEXT spring!

If nothing else, gardening has taught me to be patient.

Happy Gardening
xxx