After many years of living with our inherited plants, shrubs and ‘flower beds’ left from the previous owner, we decided we’d have a go at this gardening malarkey! We removed large and heavy palm-like exotic plants, a liner and all gravel on top and have planted a variety of white cottage garden plants. Tim and I were going round in circles trying to list all our favourite cottage garden plants and ended up with long lists but no conclusive decision. We found that Claire Austin Hardy Plants sell little kits with a beautiful variety of cottage plants and ordered two sets for our new flower bed (Claire is the daughter of David Austin). As you can see from the picture I am armed with a cup of tea and a plan on my clip board and I am getting a lot of enthusiastic help from Buzz – wish me luck!