It’s about four years ago since I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. That first year after diagnosis was a misery, as I was banned from gardening. No more bending, weeding or planting for me. At the time, I had a fabulous herbaceous border, but with everything going on I had to abandon it. So, to replace the border, we set about making some raised flower beds that are easy to manage. I can reach across them to weed or plant and they have worked well.

We’ve an old mixed hedge on the west side of the house. Last year, we stripped it back to about a third of its width and built a raised bed in the space. It’s packed full of snowdrops and daffodils, and the tulips were a great success. It looked really well up to the middle of May.