Thursday, 19 March 2015

Garden Update March 2015

A few weeks ago we looked out of our conservatory at the garden and realised it needed A LOT of work! The grass had slowly grown so much over Winter that next door's cat had made a little cat alley way through it and the brambles were once again threatening to take over.

Since last Summer I had wanted to clear the bottom third of our garden and make a little woodland seating area but the brambles had long taken hold and we decided to wait until things died down over the colder months before tackling it. Annoyingly I forgot to take a "before" picture, but this is one I had snapped last Spring - 

and this is the kind of idea I was going for - 

So we cleared all the brambles, laid liner and bark with a border, planted primroses, laid stepping stones, built furniture and put up lights...all over two days! It was such hard work, but this is what it looks like so far...

There's still work to do. I need to clear more roots & brambles, two fence panels need replacing, more lights need to be put through our tree and I want to sow lots of wild flower seeds on the cleared area, but I can see how it's going to look in the Summer and it makes me happy! I'm going to keep taking photos every few weeks so that I can see the difference as the wild flowers take hold and the spring vegetation starts coming back.

In the rest of the garden we need to tackle our mammoth hedge (I think we might get professional gardeners's about 4 metres high now!), clean the back yard area up and replant a herb garden. I've got strawberry plants arriving and I'm growing my own mushrooms. We learnt last year that our patio is just too hot to grow vegetables easily so I've planted lots of lily and gladioli bulbs instead.

What plans have you got for your own gardens this year?

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  1. It's amazing the difference a couple of days of hardwork makes isn't it? And now you have a space to enjoy for many many days. Such a satisfying feeling. I've got a few plans in mind for my garden but we are just finishing off the inside of the house post-extension at the moment so sadly the garden is down the list a bit- which is a real shame!
    Thanks for joining in and sharing lovely :)

  2. I love the idea of a wooded seating area - really like the example you picked out too. If I had space for an area like this in my garden I would get to work! Some bluebells would look lovely around the edge :)

  3. Wow, so much work in just 2 days! It's amazing how once you start you just keep going though isn't it? You'll have so much fun and satisfaction watching everything grow and establish over the next few months :)

  4. You're going to have an amazing seating area - perfect for relaxing on summer evenings.

  5. what a delightful seating area! it must feel so worth the effort now that you get to sit there and enjoy your lovely garden.

  6. Oooh, I'd love a shady corner like that.

  7. It's great when you can see such progress isn't it, and those bramble roots are wotsits to get out - I had a garden full of them in a previous property so have first-hand experience #hdygg

  8. What a wonderful difference, warm Summer evenings spent here will be lovely.