This is the garden on the day we moved in;
On the day we moved in Flash started investigating (i.e disappearing into for a scarily long time) the mess of bushes at the bottom of the garden. So when we decided to take a look where he was disappearing to, it turned out that about half the usable space we had outside was being taken up by these bushes and I’m yet to discover what the point of bushes are, apart from a place for Flash to hide.
On the good side, it’s full of flowers, rose bushes, and peonies and honeysuckle. The lady we bought from obviously loved the garden before she got ill and had spent a lot of time making it pretty, but it had clearly got the better of her in recent months.
Jim’s mum is a gardening wizz, she loves it, and offered to come over and help sort the space out. It was her first job in the house. And I couldn’t believe how much she got done in 2 days. (Well, in one day really as she had to stop as she’d stacked up all the debris in the middle of the grass ready for taking to the tip and ran out of space, then we hijacked her for a trip to Ikea.)
|Check the yellow dust by the tree. Loved it.|
Once all the debris was moved, we called my dad and his chainsaw in to hack away at the roots and the bulk of the big bushes, again creating a huge pile of rubbish. One of the bushes was bright yellow when cut open which added a fun dimension to the dust floating about too! It took them a couple of days but once they were done, we were all amazed at how much more space they’d uncovered. See, this is the garden after;
|The random tennis ball is a permanent feature|
|Erm, yes, we do have branded garden furniture. What of it?|
And I’ve added some fairy lights to the patio area (can you call it that?) to make it a little prettier, because, honestly, when do fairy lights not make everything better? And we’ve brought in a few of our plants from the other house too, but mostly we’re just loving having some outside space of our own. Breakfasts in the sun have become my favourite. It’s also become a great place for slightly drunken chat with the neighbours who seem to be out in their garden alllllll the time, mostly slightly drunk too!
|Remember my snowboard bench? Here it is in it’s new home.|
|(excuse the colours here. No idea what’s going on!)|
- We’re planning on re-seeding the lawn but I read that autumn is the best time to do this so we might wait (yes, my 18 year old self would be totally horrified at that statement but she’d probably feel better knowing that it’s about 99% certain that I’ll be calling my dad in to do it for us) I also want more grass adding up to the about the tree.
- Talking of the tree, we need to cut it back to let more sunlight into the garden, it’s so big that it cuts out all the light during the middle of the day. I’d also like to install a swing onto the tree just because I think that would be awesome.
- We’re going to pull down the old outside loo (next to the table) and put something up there that isn’t ugly and already falling down, probably a shed to house outside stuff like strimmers and bikes and that sort of stuff.
- I want to add pots of herbs all the way along the bottom of the fence, so when you walk outside that’s the first thing you see.
- We need to replace the fence all the way down with something a bit more Flash proof. And the gate. And paint them both an awesome colour (turquoise or pink i think). And then hang planters of flowers and herbs all over them.
- Add an area at the bottom of the garden for growing veg and fruit and the likes. I’ve missed my homegrown fruit and veg this year.
- Move all the huge planters and the random bits of stone that spiders hide around out of the garden and replace with something prettier. Or paint them and plant nice stuff in them at least!
- And one day – repave the concrete area so it’s not horrible to walk on barefoot and doesn’t look crappy!