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A Bit On The Side - 2


By AndrewR


It is now a couple of weeks since I bought a piece of land from my neighbour. This picture shows a picture of it in the state I inherited it.

I set to on the clearance. Much of it was overgrown with hardy geraniums which had covered the ground but were easy to clear; there were smaller weeds round the edges and a few brambles growing in the middle. There were also four weigelas, three viburnum x bodnantense, a large fuchsia, a hebe (completely hidden under everything else), two straggly rose bushes, cotoneaster franchettii and a small hazel (courtesy of a bird), a small yew cowering under the leylandii hedge, crocosmia, yellow flag iris and a small piece of bamboo.

Although very starved and a little lacking in humus, the soil seems in good heart and, with a good feed, should be quite productive.

Earlier in the year, I had cleared the side of my garden where the new access will be. This involved removing some hellebores and hemerocallis, a large fern and a mature viburnum tinus.

Now I am getting quotes to remove an old contorted willow and deal with the leylandii hedge. Once this work has been done, construction, soil improvement and planting (the best bit!) can take place.

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Gosh lots of work there Andrew, Who's the bear (?) hiding in the bush with his paw up? Bet you can't wait to start planting...good luck with it all.

27 May, 2009


wow andrew you have been busy,, looking great already, cant wait to see what you do with it,,

27 May, 2009


enjoyed the update. will keep watching for more.
Happy gardening!

27 May, 2009


SK - that's Bruno, one of my assistants. His friend Barney is at the other end of a path, waving back at him. If you check my blogs, there is one on "Garden Helpers" (written in March last year) which has photos of both bears

27 May, 2009


working hard there but it will be worth it

27 May, 2009


Can't wait to see what you do with the area Andrew....:)
Love Bruno by the way...

27 May, 2009


ooh this is great you have done really well and still the best to come

look forward to more updates

x x x

27 May, 2009


Good luck and keep the pics coming.

27 May, 2009


Excellent, congrats in order, like me you R a "full contact' gardener. What a lot of work, but it will be worth all your efforts. A 10 to U.

27 May, 2009


Well, I'm often the odd one out and looks like I am here too, lol.

How could you bear to remove all those gorgeous plants that were there? It would have broke my heart, :o(

Having said that, Andrew, you've done a grand job and once it's all planted up again, it should look great.

27 May, 2009


Oh my goodness some heavy work undertaken there.

27 May, 2009


Can't wait to see your "New" garden, well done with all the heavy work and I hope your Back is OK...

28 May, 2009


Yes youngdd - all the shrubs came out relatively easily.
My method is to try to get the spade in all the way round and then gently ease the whole rootball out. Any thick roots I encounter during the process get cut and dug out individually so the root ball is generally pretty small when it comes out.

28 May, 2009


looking forward to 'abit on the side 3' andrewr. yes planting is the best bit. have you any favs to put in?

28 May, 2009


Good for you, Andrew. Like others in GoY I shall be looking forward to seeing the results of your labours. I do envy you. One of my favourite things is to clear and plan a piece of neglected ground. There's such a buzz in choosing plants for a new garden. Love the bear!

30 May, 2009


I too look forward to seeing the result, your bear is cute.

30 Jun, 2009

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