White blossom at The Essex Barn

My favourite time in the garden is Spring, with new buds blossoming, fresh green leaves appearing and everything waking up after its Winter slumber. The garden at The Barn is one of the reasons why we moved here and we weren’t disappointed as a riot of colour met us the day we arrived.

There’s a lot we want to do with this outdoor space but phase one is about pruning back what has overgrown and, in some cases, being brutal about what to remove so that other plants can flourish. We’ve already power-cleaned the patio and removed an enormous rose bush which had run riot. I’m afraid I don’t have a green finger amongst all ten of mine but I know a man who does and Simon our gardener and friend is doing an amazing job helping us to style the space.

I’ll be updating you on our progress as the seasons change but here’s a sneak peak from some glorious days so far this year.
The Garden at The Essex Barn


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    22 Comments

  1. Sustainable‏ Furniture August 8, 2015 at 9:44 am Reply

    What a beautiful garden and huge space. You can do whatever you want. Congrats on your gorgeous home and blog! I am excited to read more about it, I mean the changes and how it goes. Thanks for the post!

  2. helloitsgemma August 1, 2015 at 10:37 pm Reply

    what a wonderful space, I look forward to your adventures in making it your own. Both the house and garden look amazing.
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  3. Gemma July 31, 2015 at 9:53 pm Reply

    Spring is my favourite time of year too 🙂 Lovely looking garden and with all that space you could do whatever you like. We recently jet washed our patio – it was a messy job but made it look like new.

    Looking forward to seeing what you do with this space.

  4. chickenruby July 31, 2015 at 6:41 pm Reply

    such a gorgeous house and garden

  5. Emma Greenwood July 31, 2015 at 3:56 pm Reply

    what a lovely large garden you have, I am looking forward to seeing what changes you make. Great you have a gardener they are sometimes invaluable (but I am biased as my husband is a gardener!)

  6. Stephanie July 30, 2015 at 11:52 pm Reply

    Looks a lovely garden and I’m looking forward to seeing how it changes #hdygg
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    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) July 31, 2015 at 6:21 am Reply

      Thanks Stephanie – we love the extra space we have outside The Barn and while it needs a lot of maintenance it’s going to be such fun learning how to garden it! x

  7. Mammasaurus July 30, 2015 at 9:31 pm Reply

    Oooo thank you for joining in and welcome welcome – Nice to meet you in a virtual fashion!

    That’s a lovely big space that you have there, I can see why you fell in love with it, it compliments the barn nicely. Handy to have Simon to hand to help with it too, I am a pretty rubbish gardener but I do love nosing at other peoples and nicking inspiration here and there from them!
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    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) July 31, 2015 at 6:23 am Reply

      Thanks Annie! We are so blessed to have Simon – I’m not green fingered at all but if I’m going to begin my gardening journey anywhere it will be here! x

  8. Claudia July 30, 2015 at 11:47 am Reply

    what an amazing place you have and what great open space. the possibilities are endless. that first shot is a stunner
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  9. sam fernley July 30, 2015 at 11:45 am Reply

    Really looking forward to see how you develop the garden, always fun starting a new one and putting your own stamp on a place.
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    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) July 31, 2015 at 6:25 am Reply

      Isn’t it just? I have lots of plans to create some interesting spaces too but all in good time… house has to come first!

  10. Tinuke July 23, 2015 at 11:21 am Reply

    I love your garden, it has so much potential in terms of what you could plant and how it could be designed. Like you, I don’t have a green finger amongst the ten (love that phrase Michelle!) so wouldn’t know where to begin. Great that you’ve got a garderner who can take the reins on this!

    Loving your new blog and what a fabulous blog design
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    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) July 24, 2015 at 5:25 am Reply

      Thanks Tin, we’re so lucky to have a friend who seems to have 10 green fingers AND made it his living! I’ve got all sorts of plans for the garden but we do want to leave some of it as a ‘field’ just for playing on while the little people are still so young. Have you seen The Instant Gardener? You’ll love it! x

  11. HonestMum July 15, 2015 at 12:28 pm Reply

    Yay am the first commenter! Huge congrats on your gorgeous home and blog, both are so stylish and I’m excited to read more about your home decor, lush garden too! Hope you have the champagne at the ready x
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    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) July 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm Reply

      Thanks so much Vicki! We’re so blessed to have this wonderful home and look forward to sharing more about our interior design journey here. Chocolate cupcakes now, champagne later! x

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