We had a huge garden as a child and my dad did wonders with it for a season or two, but he, as always moved onto a different hobby after that, shame really he excelled at whatever he did but never stayed with it - all or nothing kind of guy. Anyway, over that short period I was given a patch and sowed some lovely mixed annual seeds, I was about 9 or 10, I will never forget the thrill of them emerging and also the delight in seeing them flower; godetia, cornflower, love in a mist, marigolds and poppies. I remember too the lovely tomatoes, green beans, potatoes and onions we picked for those two summers - and the colorado beetle scare!
He built a fish pond and a rockery, gorgeous, we had the biggest and best fish in the neighbourhood (another brief interest, fish out lived his interest) and it something I have wanted to replicate ever since. When I married (1984) we had a postage stamp of a garden but I did my best with annuals again. 2nd house bigger garden more ambitious, but mostly containers as we worked away and had to rely on self watering system.
3rd house, mostly lawn but lots of containers and hanging baskets (deadheading and watering a daily chore, put me off petunias forever).
Last house mature garden with lots of rhododendrons and mature shrubs so built raised beds for first attempt at veggies - with some success!
Then arrived in France to a beautiful much cultivated and extremely well stocked garden and panicked, especially as we had to live in UK for the first three months of ownership (Feb/March/April), Still fighting with it, but absolutely addicted, thank goodness haven't got a 'proper job'.
Everyday I surprise myself with my background knowledge and stun myself with my ignorance - I have a dream and next year .....
Thank goodness for this forum though on so many levels!