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Border revamp part 1


What a busy few months I have had! It was only after I logged on and saw my last blog entry that I realised how little time I’ve had to relax these past two months! Not that I’m complaining because I much prefer being busy.

So what have I been up to you may be wondering? Well where to start I wonder? I have so many plans for the garden that I’ve had to start writing ideas down and even drawing up plans.

First on the list was to completely redo the narrow border located at the bottom of the garden (well actually I started two new beds at the same time, just to make life easier lol!) I was never happy with it, far too small to have any nice shrubs in and it became a dumping ground for plants I’d moved from around the garden. Too green and boring for my liking! Sean wasn’t best pleased when I showed him how big I intended to make it.
So here is said border, look how small it is…

As usual I had been buying plants long before I even mentioned my plans to Sean. It softens the blow when I buy maybe 10 plants a week rather than buy it all at once, that way he doesn’t realise how much I’ve spent lol. Things we women have to do!
So I cracked on clearing the area and in between days of extreme rain that left me wading through puddles, I made a start on the planting. It took me a few weeks in between the awful weather and trying to juggle doing the other new bed at the same time (more to follow on that one).
Here it is mid process of planting, more went in after pics were taken…

Filled in lots of gaps and then had the tedious job of placing the weed membrane down. Stones ordered and supposed to arrive ‘early afternoon’, finally turned up at 4.50pm so me being me I couldn’t wait til the next day to start getting them down! Now remember I said I was doing two beds at once? Well they were both finished and waiting for gravel at the same time. Cue miserable teen son, wheel barrow and bucket after bucket of stones to be shifted all the way from the front garden to the back. Forgot to mention that we’re talking about 3 tonnes here lol! Finally finished at 8pm, what a long day! I may only be turning 33 next month but I certainly didn’t feel it that day! I have suffered with a bad back since my early 20s and these days it is definitely self inflicted, you’d think I’d know better!

I like to think my pain was worth it though…

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Now that is lovely! I do the same thing I buy plants before announcing plants because there's nowhere else to put them and then I say, "well looks like I'll have to extend this border" your new border looks lovely! Definitely my kind of border!

14 Jun, 2016


Thankyou Dan :) I'm sure we're not the only ones to do it lol. I picked up a few plants last week and my partner asked where they were going, little does he know what I have planned for the front garden!

14 Jun, 2016


haha! I bought some more at the weekend, funnily enough also for the front garden!

14 Jun, 2016


It looks spectacular now, the bigger a border the better! Who needs all that grass to mow, especially as you have the beautifully tidy decks to sit on?
Amazing how the gravel shows off the plants so effectively, well done you, worth the bad back!

14 Jun, 2016

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