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Garden revamp DAY ONE

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The garden team arrived nice and early this morning (7.45am) and have worked steadily ever since. They’ve had some homemade cherry scones as a sweetener…lol and things are moving along at a good pace.

These are some ‘before’ photos…..

Laurel bush (later photo shows it all trimmed)~~~

Weed city!! lol (all cleared now, including the old apple tree you can see in the foreground; just leaves the elderberry for the birds and the ivy growing to the left) ~

Old fencing with ivy (this is staying as I have plans for a small shade garden with a “folksy” theme…more about that another time…)~~~

Laurel tree all trimmed up with additional paving for small work area and water butt~~~

Elderberry tree (for the birds)~~~

Suzanne (gardener) painting the concrete fencing~~~

Partially painted concrete fencing~~~

Spreading topsoil and area showing shaped patio area. Turf goes in tomorrow and will go between the two shaped areas and extend outwards into the garden with shaped borders around 3 sides of the garden (against the wooden fencing, the wire fencing and the very old fencing/concrete area)~~~

Cutting paving slabs to form shaped edges~~~

Suzanne consulting with her workmen (patio is pre-modifying to give it a more shaped edge)~~~

More consultation~~~

Spreading topsoil (3 more tons being delivered in the morning…)~~~

Just a small selection of my plants waiting for putting in borders~~~

I got a bit confused while putting these photos up so apologies as they don’t quite go in chronological order!
More to go up tomorrow….. So far, I’m loving what they have done. Suzanne (the gardener) will help me sort out a list of shrubs/plants that I can place in the borders, in addition to those I already have waiting :)

And….best of all….after a brief hailstorm and showers this morning….it’s all lovely and sunny now.

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Oh Wow! So fantastic to see it has actually started auntie J! That shaped patio is great, and what a difference it will make to have the fence painted dark. It will recede and make the garden seem much bigger! I love the newly pruned laurel, and glad you left the ivy and the elder. The Elder especially as it gives you some cover from next door's garden as well as feeding the birds. Wonderful, bet you are really excited! Can't wait to see what they get up to tomorrow, it's just like an episode of 'Groundforce'!!

31 May, 2011

 

It is looking good. I particularly like the curved edges on your patio area. Good luck with the planting.
I always offer any tradeperson a sweetener...a cup of tea works wonders me thinks!!!

31 May, 2011

 

great it is coming along for you now - and ooking very nice - it really is hard work - all the best with how it comes along - and keep us updated :):):):)

31 May, 2011

 

Brilliant. What a difference from the sad state it was in.
Good luck with it.

31 May, 2011

 

I can't wait to see the turf down and the shape of the beds...

31 May, 2011

 

Oooohh exciting W.lass its going to look fab.cant wait for the next up-date, how excited you must be (and I know that feeling too) !! The photos really show a change, we lopped a 30 year old Laurel today it was huge now it is 3' tall, so much better for its pruning!!! x

31 May, 2011

 

I asked a question on the "Questions" section about adding bagged manure, grit or some soil enhancers/fertilizer to the borders and digging it in before planting anything. Just wondering what others recommend? I don't have a compost bin so can't add that in the borders. Ta.

31 May, 2011

 

I answered under the question...

31 May, 2011

 

So pleased for you Jacquie that work has started at last also glad that I am back from holiday in time to see the whole project from start to finish, its looking great already with the curvy shapes, the turf will make a huge difference when it goes down tomorrow, Happy Gardening;0))

31 May, 2011

 

It is looking great all ready, how exciting I love seeing a garden take shape. Tanks for sharing I wonder what your puss cat makes of it all :-)

31 May, 2011

 

Well Teds...she's been rolling around in the topsoil and on the warm paving slabs....in her element! She did disappear for the day though (probably in neighbouring gardens) and reappeared almost instantly when the garden folks had gone home for the day.

We're doing the garden in stages so it won't be completed for some time....small summer house is coming later in summer and I will be developing the borders, rockery etc. as budget and ideas permit. Very exciting.

I'll take a look, Bamboo, for your reply on questions :)

GMadge...so you've been giving your laurel the chop today too!....haircut day it would seem :) I will have to keep an eye on our laurel as I'm sure it will try and sprout branches from the bottom...I love the way they have shaped it and opened up the whole area there.

lol@ Karen re 'Groundforce'.....this team here work almost as fast! It seems Suzanne deals with the design and co-ordination of ordering materials and she painted our concrete fencing today and cut most of the laurel back....the rest of the time she watches over the workmen and keeps them on track (in a nice way).

Thanks for all your encouragement...I will add another installment on DAY 2 :) You're a great bunch of GoYers.

31 May, 2011

 

WoW allready, what a massive difference in just one day,I love the colour of the fence and the curved patio area looks great, im so excited for you W/lass, I love your small work area to, Can't wait to see tomorrows pics when the grass go's down lol.. When we done our front garden we used B&Q compost (soil was old with no nutriants), usually 3or4 for £10, but if you have a good look around they reduce the damaged bags to £1.50 £2.00, Usually there's just a small hole in them :)

31 May, 2011

 

Fantastic Wlass - love your curves!. Its so exciting watching work in progress and its great that you have a couple of mature trees they will bring it altogether and give a feeling of maturity. Can`t wait to see the next installment.

31 May, 2011

 

its looking great , it will be lovely well worth the wait ! your plants are lovely, i like your planters

31 May, 2011

 

So pleased for you that work has started now. It is all looking good and they are obviously hard workers. Looking forward to the next instalment :)

31 May, 2011

 

At last at last, well what an amazing difference already, your lady gardener seems to be waving her magic wand. Really big improvement there W.Lass, so pleased for you. Enjoy yourself.

31 May, 2011

 

Such an exciting time for you Jacque, its going to look great.

31 May, 2011

 

Whiston you must be on a high tonight, I know I would be, I`d be out every few minutes having a look whilst the workers weren`t about, really pleased everything is underway at last. Its looking good so far, like the curves at the edge of the patio, I`m pleased you have kept the elderberry and the ivy, the birds will definitely appreciate it and the Laurel has trimmed up lovely.
Looking forward to next blog....

31 May, 2011

 

how exciting ~ its looking really good ~ i love those curves.
lovely photos ~ looking forward to the next episode

31 May, 2011

 

I hope you aren't awake tonight,thinking about your lovely new garden,Jacquie..and visualising what it will look like tomorrow..you must be so excited..They seem to be doing a grand job..and its lovely to watch the progress with you..love your new paving..:o)

31 May, 2011

 

Looking great already, its amazing what can be done in a day with many hands.. looking forward to tomorrows installment

31 May, 2011

 

wow j.q looking gurrrrd .................. carnt wait to see it finshed , bet you carnt either lol ;0p x

31 May, 2011

 

Its looking good. i aggree with Cristina , cant wait to see it finished :)

31 May, 2011

 

It's really taking shape at last. It will look great with the plants and just in time for summer. I'm very pleased for you.

31 May, 2011

 

I am so pleased for you J, you deserve this, you have waited so long. Look forward to seeing some more.

31 May, 2011

 

wow what a difference it will make for you,a brand new garden..cant wait to see the end result..the paving looks good & it can only get better..you will be itching to get your plants in .lol. :o)

31 May, 2011

 

Lovely to get your comments and having you all share in my excitement :) I will enrich the borders and then begin planting once the turf is down and I can get out to purchase what we need.

I am expecting it to look so much better once the turf is down....and I am so excited; hopefully I can blog again tomorrow about DAY TWO. They think they will finish tomorrow...we shall see!

31 May, 2011

 

How great is that Jacquie - your garden actually started to be done - you must be over the moon. Let's hope everything turns out how you want it. I love having things done at my house or in the garden, don't you ? It soon WILL be Happy Gardening for you. Really look forward to seeing the finished job.

31 May, 2011

 

Thanks, Marie....can't believe it myself....finally the garden is underway!

31 May, 2011

 

Come away from the window ... I bet you're still looking out at the garden to make sure it's not all a dream! So pleased work is underway ... and haven't they done a lot already? You must be feeling so glad it's all, literally, taking shape. : o ))

31 May, 2011

 

haha Shirley....I've had to stop admiring it all for now...it's now very dark so nothing to be seen....I'll need lighting out there too (ssshhhhhh.....don't mention this to hubby...don't want to shock him too much...lol)

31 May, 2011

 

Best to present these requests after the plants are in ... then you can see where to position the lights to the best effect ... lol! : o ))

31 May, 2011

 

good tip, Shirley...and maybe ply hubby with some drink and get him jolly so he's not too objectionable to the lights...lol

31 May, 2011

 

I am so pleased for you Whiston......only one way now and that is up!! please keep us informed, already a garden is taking shape and this time next year? you will not recognize it.

31 May, 2011

 

Gosh Jaquie! I didn't know you'd started! Isn't it looking grand, the paving is very swish, can't wait to see the turf down, it's an instant result, like putting down carpet! They seem like tidy workers too, it makes a big difference to the whole experience, when you can trust them to just get on with it. Ohhh, Squeeeel! I love it when things start to go right! Och, it'll be just lovely for you pet, I can't tell you how pleased I am!! Now, do as Shirley says and come away from the window, and get your breakfast! xx

1 Jun, 2011

 

Eeee! At last! :D I like everyone else love that shaped paving... its going to look so good once you have your turf down and borders laid out. The shaping up of that laurel made such a difference... I didn't realise it was the same tree at first :P The painted fencing definitely makes a difference too. Good luck for the morrow, I hope everything keeps progressing as it did today :) At last the wait is over :]

1 Jun, 2011

 

Nice to see it all coming along so well at last. I'm pleased for you.
I hope your topsoil will be weed free. When I had some it was full of them - even japanese knotweed was in it. I soon got rid of that !
It's going to be exciting seeing it all take shape. It will be nice for you to have a garden where you can potter about and relaxe.

I hope the works people are not frightening Lucy. Some cats are nervous of strangers. Blodyn isn't lol she doesn't mind. She just goes to investigate what they're doing. I hope Lucy is the same.

1 Jun, 2011

 

What a difference already ..can't wait to see it planted up..you must be so thrilled with it. :o)

1 Jun, 2011

 

Looking good! It's like watching a programme of 'Ground Force!' :o)

1 Jun, 2011

 

What can I say that hasnt already been said! I too, love the curves and all the gardeners here can visualise things taking shape and recognise the big step of making the setting to add your jewels to soon. There is nothing so exciting (or daunting!) than seeing a clean and prepared area to work on. Keep the pics coming J!

1 Jun, 2011

 

It seems Lucy approves of the changes to the garden so far, M....(see my next blog entry....).

I will add another blog as things progress. Very pleased with progress so far and the team have arrived today, again with a 7.45am start; that's impressive when so many workmen arrive late, have an instant tea break and finally get down to work an hour later!

1 Jun, 2011

 

I can imagine how excited you must have been when they started your garden and at 745am? Wow i wish my paving team would turn up then! If your like me i've been upstairs noseying out the window watching what they are doing.. I too like your curved paving and i really like the colour of your concrete fence (may pinch that idea for mine).. I'm so excited for you and i don't even know you lol.. Have you seen the weather for this coming week just imagine you can sit out there and admire everything by the weekend..Can't wait to see your next blog!

2 Jun, 2011

 

Thanks, Bill....yep, all has gone swimmingly and the garden is completed from the garden team's perspective. Now it's down to me....time to get my hands in that soil and continue with the watering of the turf.

I agree, the workmen are excellent....kept at the job and only took minimal breaks, were pleasant and tidy. They are kept in line by the garden lady who commands it all from her chair (throne...lol) and they work to the plan very well.

Thanks, M, your encouragement means so much to me :)

2 Jun, 2011

 

Believe you me J, we are all having almost as much fun and excitment out of your garden as you are!

2 Jun, 2011

 

It has been a treat to see the work in progress and the near completion of the blank canvas, just hope you find time to relax soon.

2 Jun, 2011

 

Hubby is getting suspicious and giving me some pretty strange looks as I read all the lovely comments on GoY regarding our new garden. I'm smiling like a Cheshire Cat, having a giggle occasionally, or quietly nodding and muttering in agreement to a comment.

I don't think there is a cure for this behaviour of mine...lol
I'm pleased to be able to share progress with you all...now it's time to head to my bed. All this fresh air has made me very, very tired. Perhaps I won't have so many nights of interrupted sleep now...another bonus :)

2 Jun, 2011

 

Sweet dreams J! lol!

2 Jun, 2011

 

Can't wait to see your garden transformation WL. It must be wonderful to attack a garden like this in 'one big go'.

3 Jun, 2011

 

It's been a long time in the planning and execution...a dream come true, Annelise :)

My follow-on blogs update on progress...and I've been out there for about 5 hours planting, arranging, planning and resting in my lawn chair inbetween spurts of gardening.

Back out again now....have some sand to shift!

3 Jun, 2011

 

: o))
v happy for you. Keep going!

Here we are under attack as usual from the ***** ground elder and it didn't help that my m-in-law came last weekend and kept voicing the opinion that we should bite the bullet and poison it. She did help tho - pulled up loads and loads of the stuff.
If i wish you anything on this happy occasion of your new garden it would be no g. elder, no convulvulus and no other nasties!

3 Jun, 2011

 

We have battled nettles, blackberries, thistles....and the little blighters are very determined. I'll keep an eagle eye for them and attack them as soon as they raise their ugly heads!!

Hope you win the battle of the awfullies!!

3 Jun, 2011

 

Now comes the very best bit! It is lovely seeing such a clean canvas - I wonder what you will paint.

5 Jun, 2011

 

I've quite a lot planted already (see my DAY TWO blog) but still need to get evergreens and other plants to add structure and height...just let the budget settle a little! lol

I still am collecting rocks to make a small rockery in the corner where all the ivy is and plants for my shade area.

You are right, Sarah...now comes the best bit :)

5 Jun, 2011

 

I've been waiting for these photos! going to have a look at blog 2 now, my builder is supposed to be coming next week, fingers and toes crossed!!!!

8 Jun, 2011

 

Oh I'll cross my fingers and toes for you to have the builder working in your property next week too, SK.... :)

9 Jun, 2011

 

I love the shaped paving and the way the lawn will spread out from between the two areas. The garden is coming on quickly now....great....:o)

30 Jul, 2011

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