Damn, why is that nettle growing on my Groundmans’ barrow?
So, my new back garden.
It’s certainly different, and so much better.
It’s a huge relief to finally have the new flags laid in the back garden and front drive. Despite having excellent builders, it’s certainly been disruptive, and destructive. It’s all about omelettes and eggs I suppose.
The borders stayed, now they are wider and longer. Most of the islands stayed too and three large, raised planters were built.
Clearing the rubble, hard core and sticky, oily grout from the borders and islands was certainly challenging. The border, where the digger came through was completely destroyed, but I’ve now managed to get some rescued plants back in, some are sulking and looking seriously wilted though.
It’s all been a race against time for me as I’m due to have my hip replaced shortly. I have a long recovery ahead and gardening will certainly be out. It sure will be hard to sit back and do nothing.
The sandy dog track that posed as a lawn has gone, and I’m delighted to see the back of it. Now the dogs can run without creating a dust storm, that sand got everywhere, even in their ears.
There is still a lot to be done, but it can wait until next spring. Autumn is here and already the beechnuts and leaves are falling. We have invested in a leaf blower/leaf sucker/leaf mulcher.
My greenhouse will also have to wait until next year to be sorted, everything was just thrown in there. I’ve removed all the plants that needed potting on, for now they are sitting in one of the raised planters. Hopefully they will get rained on, needs must when the devil drives, I won’t be able to water them and hubs can’t do everything!
What is that feeble looking tomato plant doing in the mix?
I now have solar lights everywhere, it looks so atmospheric at night. I also have a chap building trellis to attach to the back of the large raised planters, I hope to plant climbers on them and add solar lights.
The front drive looks a lot better. Again, the edges are torn up and need clearing of rubble etc, and need reseeding; that’s pretty straightforward, just a little top soil and some grass seed, another job that will have to wait until next year.
I’m glad the disruption is over, it’s been well worth it I think. Next year I can soften it all, and clear any remaining rubble. Right now it’s time for me to learn a little patience methinks.
I got to baby sit my little Baby Bear, aka Emmi. How lovely it is to see her. She’s sulking here as I had to get her off my lap, these dogs weigh a ton, and after two hours of crushing my dodgy hip, I finally had to move her. She really is such an adorable dog. How I love keeping in touch with her.