Last year the front and back garden went to rack and ruin as I found it impossible to get anything done with the pups being so young. If I took my eyes off them for a split second I’d find Annie disappearing through the railings or Sam roughing her up, so, in the end I downed trowel and gave up! Another side effect of having young dogs was that they chewed through every plant in the courtyard and turned the lawn in the back into a dust bath!!!
So this year me and my trowel are back with a vengeance as Annie is now too big to escape and can generally hold her own with Sam. As the front garden was the most neglected I’m focusing most of my time and energy there….much to the neighbour’s relief.
Some items in the garden can cost a small fortune, but others like this old stump planted up with Star of Bethlehem and Feverfew cost buttons and look really pretty. I’m not sure what the wild raspberry is doing in there though!
The stocks, potato scales, old wooden barrel, and barrows, along with the potato digger, and all sorts of milk pails and stuff have now been painted up and are dotted all over the three gardens….I got all these from The Village Museum closing auction… REMEMBER THIS??? and I couldn’t be more delighted with the results!!!
I’ve weeded all the borders now and re-planted the wildflower borders and the herb garden, I probably won’t see any real growth until next year, but hey….a girl’s got to start somewhere! And I had to cut out all the stepping stones as the grass had completely grown over them…..
Now, this post is all about my meadow problem! A few years ago I decided to leave a portion of the front lawn as a meadow, and although I haven’t had many wildflowers growing in it the long grasses are lovely, especially when swaying gently in the breeze. The problem is that the digger and the limestone benches are lost in there….and can’t be seen from the house, sooooo. …. hubs and I decided to move them!!! No mean feat when the digger weighs half a ton….BUT several hours of grunting, groaning, weeping and squabbling, along with a newly formed hernia got the job done!
How smashin’ does that look now eh?
And I won’t even try to describe the PAIN involved in moving these dead-weights….I’m surprised we didn’t break a foot….worth the pain though don’t you think?
A pretty picture and a lovely place to sit after a hard digging session….
BUT…..my problem now is….WHAT to put in the stone circle that housed the limestone benches….
I’ve been trawling the net for unusual ideas and rather like the thought of a Romany Gypsy caravan….all kitted out of course so guests could stay overnight….and of course hubs and I could camp out in it….
Or, how about an old red telephone box, it could house an exotic tree with all those windows….
Image source: red telephone boxes on Flickr
And ….I simply LOVE these Eco pods, now wouldn’t it be grand to take yourself off into the garden whatever the weather and work or paint in there???? Heavenly!
So guys….over to you….any suggestions?