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Back Garden developments...update

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Today has been very cloudy again, but dry, so we got a bit more work done in the back garden finishing off the gravel area.

Here are some photos for you…sorry there is only one of ‘before’. Truth is, this area was a rubbish dump. I think I did take pictures, but remember that awful day I was clearing up the computer and wiped all my photos by mistake…grrrr….

Never mind, here’s the pics….

This is the best I can do for a ‘before’…

..and here’s the afters…

The edging stones we’ve used in this area are from the old collapsed wall at the entrance to the drive. We will need to find a use for a lot more yet, before the new wall can go up. This job is scheduled for March 31st, so I’d better get a move on!

A few more bags of gravel, and it will be done.

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Well done Karen looking good.

15 Mar, 2014

 

Thanks Kath! :)

15 Mar, 2014

 

Gosh what a transformation you are making x

15 Mar, 2014

 

I recycled a trellis and added it to the space I wanted to fill in and planted my Passion flower and clematis kirri ta Kanawa .

Then under planted with cyclamen ,dogtooth violets and dwarf Daffodills

And moved the forthysia to.

But it was chilly.

Got mŷ dwarf rhodie from ebay today.

15 Mar, 2014

 

Thank you Pam. I never imagined this area would look so much better by mid - March. I have surprised myself! I must have a lot more energy than I sometimes think! I'm going to add some ferns to this little corner, so there's still a bit more to do...but in pots.

15 Mar, 2014

 

Well done Kath. Did you plant Tage Lundell?

15 Mar, 2014

 

Yes did that on Thursday after I left you when I got home from castle.

I have pot I maŷ get another clematis to put in it or a climbing plant

But not honeysuckle as got lots of these in garden

15 Mar, 2014

 

You could build that stone bottom row up to make a dry stone wall and have some of those really tiny ferns growing in the spaces between the stones. It looks so nice I love it, really coming on a treat. :O)

15 Mar, 2014

 

Mum, I'm going to put some ferns between the two lots of stones...see 4th pic down. I'm leaving the edging at this level for ease of mowing. I think I will use the rest of the stones, which are much bigger, to make a rockery at the end of the drive, behind the bit of hedge on the left side. That's where they are lying, so it will be easy enough to manoeuvre them in to position there. :)

15 Mar, 2014

 

that is one wonderful transformation. you have worked hard.

15 Mar, 2014

 

What a transformation Karen! You've worked so hard, but it's been worth it. I love the idea of the ferns, they will add a softening effect which I'm sure will look great. Either way it's all looking super.

15 Mar, 2014

 

Looking really great Karen. I like those log/branch borders in in your gravelled area. Very effective recycling.

15 Mar, 2014

 

Good work, Karen ... looking very smart :o)

15 Mar, 2014

 

It looks brilliant already, love it :o))
Ps take the label off the pot!!

15 Mar, 2014

 

It looks like such hard work Karen. You deserve lots of gold stars.

15 Mar, 2014

 

Lol...I am so chuffed with all your lovely comments...except for this one person who is continually on my case about the condition of my pots...she's obsessed! ;))

15 Mar, 2014

 

A lovely area to sit and contemplate ,with a glass of something nice,in the sun,Karen..all worth the very hard work you have done already...A rockery near your entrance sounds good..just watch your back with all those stones ! It's looking great :o) ..erm,I hadn't noticed the label ! Lol x

16 Mar, 2014

 

Were are all the roses going Karen?

16 Mar, 2014

 

Lol thanks Bloomer!

Kath, the roses are all in the scent and herb border at the patio. It's going to be really pretty and very cottage there.

16 Mar, 2014

 

Karen you should see soil filled a pot I have in the new front garden. I think a pit bull has bitten a lump out of the rim. I brought it round to help keep the covers over the new wall footings in the gales we had. Now it is doing duty to anchor the builders advert. After that I shall put spare Heucheras in it as the leaves will hide the broken rim. I believe in reusing items. I know many on GOY seek total perfection. I realise you like things to be done and dusted and sorted but you cannot cover all things in your new garden...more power to your elbow.

16 Mar, 2014

 

Its lovely karen this and just lookin at your previous garden for inspiration to spur me on has worked lol I'm going to get out there shortly, did a bit yesterday aswell :))

16 Mar, 2014

 

Wow, thank you all, I feel so encouraged, and what better compliment is there than to be an inspiration to other gardeners!! That label will be off that pot before the end of the day...than I'll be in trouble about the algae on the terracotta ones!...but it's ok, Annie and I are soul mates, she's my bestie on here so she gets away with it! Lol!....bestie, not beastie Annie! X

16 Mar, 2014

 

I like algae on terracotta....... :0)

16 Mar, 2014

 

Not when it's black and slimy though Pam! The pot on this spot will have to be replaced. For one it's not big enough for the T-Rex, and secondly, its just so porous I can't keep the algae off it. I do prefer my pots to look clean, but it's sometimes just a job too far for me!

16 Mar, 2014

 

I think my pots are rustic.....not clean. They blend in better. Yours look wonderful Karen....with or without label.

16 Mar, 2014

 

Thank you! Snoop..sorry, I forgot to answer you. No, it doesn't show any sign of catkins. We will soon know the answer! :))

16 Mar, 2014

 

You can call me beastie Lol!! My back patio and pots are covered in black at the minute, it's been so wet all winter. I am going to invest in a power washer for the slabs :o)

17 Mar, 2014

 

Power washer is fab on slabs! Hours of mindless fun! :)

17 Mar, 2014

 

Another great job, it's been good to see how you've transformed this area. It will be such an asset to you now.
I'm seeing plenty of entertaining on that deck, if you've the energy for it that is. :)

17 Mar, 2014

 

Don't think I do actually Angie! I think I need to slow down a bit! But give me a couple of months...once it gets a bit warmer my energy levels will soon recover! :)) thank you!

17 Mar, 2014

 

HmmmI was thinking more nice green algae and a bit of moss or lichen......not black slime!

I can see why you want your garden to the plan in your head but remember mother nature goes at her own pace.....
with us as well as the garden, I imagine you have all these ideas bubbling and just want to get on!

Its wonderful and inspiring to read all your enthusiasm and delight in your new garden I suppose its a bit like a luscious cream cake though......you can't eat it all in one go.....have fun... :0))

18 Mar, 2014

 

Thanks Pam!

18 Mar, 2014

 

Its looking good Karen and I love your pots !

18 Mar, 2014

 

Thank you Rose! Nice to hear from you :)

18 Mar, 2014

 

Wow what a lot you have done karen, its looking brill. I dont envy you that hedge, i like the shape of it tho. I can see splashes of karen all over your garden, you go girl :)

18 Mar, 2014

 

Thanks Dee. Been busy finishing off pruning this side of the hedge today and now I have a huuuuge pile of rubbish to chop up and burn! Still, that's all the pruning done for this year. A lot of dead stuff in there, I hope it will regenerate. Time will tell.

18 Mar, 2014

 

wow, that's a transformation, Karen. Does the gragel stay put? I've heerd that it can get moved on shoes to places it's not meant to be.

18 Mar, 2014

 

It does tend to spill around a tiny bit Fran, but it's 1" so quite large. The small stuff is much worse in that way. :)

18 Mar, 2014

 

Looking good Karen, I have to admit that I like the weathered look on my pots but each to his own is what I say, yours always look lovely, I had to go back up to find the label, lol, its a good idea using the stones, I had some bricks left over when we originally built our patio walls and I used them as edging along the lawns and grass pathways, its saved me hours of backbreaking work over the years as I cheat and just run the mower over the tops, I do like to see nicely trimmed edges around a lawn but learnt a long while ago that they don't stand a chance with the dogs running around and as you know we do love our boys....

18 Mar, 2014

 

Thats such a good point lincslass. We are getting a Labrador puppy soon, and I was just thinking about log roll edging the grass under the hedge, but really...what would be the point? If I can find enough stones left over, I'll use them to edge my wildflower patches around the swing seat, but the areas under the hedge will just be edged with the edging tool. :)

18 Mar, 2014

 

ah, right, and it's the small stuff that most often gets used for front paths and "posh" bits.

18 Mar, 2014

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