Hard slog - digging up the front "lawn"....
Been wanting to get rid of the grass in front of the house for ages. Started last year when I paid a bloke to start digging it up for me. He got half way and then did not return. Result has been one half full of plantains and various little visitors such as dandelions. The remaining half I left unmown due to lack of motivation and it being a pain to get the mower up the patio steps, through the side gate and down the drive…always involves having to move loads of pots on the patio too..a right pain, hence wanting to get shot of it.
I was started on monday. Thinking it would be really hard, I was pleasantly surprised to realise that my lack of mowing had been the best thing to do. The long grass had weakened itself and was relatively easy to yank up after forking over. I carried on briefly yesterday and have now covered most of the area with weed barrier membrane (temporarily) until I can resume. This stops it becoming a horrible muddy mess…
My plan is to fill the area with lovely tulips (I have already bought far too many !) and wallflowers. Just thinking of the spring display is making me all of a dither! I have also got several “impulse-buy” plants that need to be planted so the new bed is ideal – a “Pallida” witch Hazel and a teeny flowering cherry.
Once the bulbs and wallflowers have finished, I will plant more grasses and daylilies.
I spent today planting bulbs for one of my lovely ladies – and now have a blister on the palm of my hand. “Ballerina” Tulips with “Purple Sensation” alliums and “Passionale” tulips planted with “Orange Emperor” …lush.
- 8 Oct, 2008
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