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 in...it'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?