And so it begins.
After the tree debacle I put my thinking cap on and began to develop the bones of my new back garden. I was sick of looking at the dust bath so I decided to get stuck in now rather than waiting for spring. I started by putting the stone circle that used to be in the front under the potato digger in the center of the garden. In the middle of that I planted an almond tree that I’ve been growing on in a tub, and around the back of the circle I’ve planted a box hedge. Erm….I heard that!!! What do you mean you can’t see it???? Give it a chance…..it’ll soon grow. I’ll have you know that these plants are all cuttings from last year, so haven’t cost me a penny!
I ordered 200 rolls of turf!!! Oh yes…real green GRASS!
And I laid it roll after roll until finally I had myself a lawn.
I just CANT take my eyes off it…..after two grim years of the Serengeti I find it hypnotizing!
I don’t even care how much my back aches…..or how long it took to lay 194 rolls of the stuff in the wind and rain……I just keep looking at it awestruck. That’s grass, that is, REAL green grass! And it’s rained every day since I’ve put it down so I don’t even have to water it.
Now I’d like to ask all you people who take having a lawn in your stride to indulge me while I take you on a tour of what may be a garden in a few months.
So, come walk with me and we’ll head off to the right where I’ve planted five of the fruit trees I bought last year, apricot, apple, cherry and pear.
Most of the plants in this border were destroyed by the chainsaw maniac as he removed these panels to take the branches out, well the green stuff out as he left all the branches as logs for me!
I’ve put in a new climbing frame at the back and have planted jasmine and a potato climber to scramble over it….which they will in time.
Sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got. I know the dogs will continue to gallop through here so I thought there was little point in building this area up again. Border collies don’t forget old tricks! So now the dog made path around the pond is turfed and I’ve built a new rockery on the right, which will eventually be filled with alpines and the left shall have lots of wildflowers. Soooo….lots of cuttings and seeds to be sorted.
P.s…..I do hope you are noticing all the GRASS!!!!
I’ve planted some grasses around the back of the pond, and am currently in love with the curly one in the middle.
To me, this is the real jewel in the crown. In time this beautiful bamboo will develop blue stems…..hence it name, blue bamboo.
Here is what is left of my black thorn hedge, again these poor plants were trampled but are still clinging to life so I’m hoping they grow back next year. The rocks have been excavated from beneath the felled tree, and I think there’s a lot more to come. The rocks are rather lovely so I’m sure I’ll think of something to use them for later. The broken bower sitting on my daffodil and tulip patch will be burnt in the chiminea, so at least it will be put to good use.
Hope you all spotted the GRASS in this shot too.
I now have a very organised log pile, fresh wood and seasoned wood are all now sorted. I wanted to turf the roof of Curly cat’s shed with the left over turf but couldn’t get my steps close enough due to the logs….and I aint moving them again. Oh no, no way!
We have now arrived at the felled tree border, the smashed fence quarters and the home of the giant concrete unmovable stones….hubs will have to sort those monsters, so moving swiftly on…..
I’ve even got grass outside the greenhouse again…and in it actually. And I’ve potted lots of spring bulbs and moved some of my fruit bushes from the front to this area.
I’ve been sorting the front pond out a little. Lots of new plants in here and plenty of cuttings waiting to go in.
People have asked me how on earth the dogs managed to wreck the lawn….
It’s because they do this for hours on end. Here they are trying to wreck the front lawn. I’m exercising them here at the moment while the grass roots in the back. They’re even managing to rip this lawn up too. If you look behind Annie, a little to the left, you’ll see Sam THUNDERING right through my herb garden. Annie meanwhile is racing through the lavender border…..no respect at all….
And finally….one last look at my lawn.
Sighs……ahhhhh……green, green grass.