I haven’t posted a bloomin’ update for a while now, mainly because our garden has become a bit of a jungle. The reason? I’m on strike.
This year we plan to remodel our garden and so I saw little point in trying to restrain the rampaging raspberries, harness the hydrangea or grab hold the dreaded goose grass, it was all going to come out later in the year. The rainfall we had in June coupled with the sunny July has meant the weeds have loved it.
This weekend the party was over! As I type my husband is outside digging the footings for some sleepers that will be arriving later today.
The plan is to build up the garden nearest the house and level out the lawn. We also want to create a small seating area and a veg patch for Beany and I to potter in. We have a very small garden but this is possible. Here’s what our garden looks like at the moment.
These photos were taken before the growth spurt brought on by June and July. The photo with Beany in it was taken last week and that’s what the border at the end of the garden now looks like. You may be able to see that a lot of the shrubs are far too big for a little cottage garden. The euronymous, mallow, hibiscus and an unidentified red berried jobby (at least that’s what I call it) are all for the chop. There are of course several plants I want to keep.
The roses, I lifted in May – not quite the right time – but they have survived in pots and, since I took these photos, they are have been blooming.
Later I need to rescue the hydrangea, an acer buried under the budlea, the wood anemones – also under there somewhere – hellebores and crocuses. There may be other things we find along the way, too.
I want to keep the scimia, which the bees love but it needs cutting right back. The apple tree will be staying where it is and the veg patch dug around it.
Whilst we want a lower maintenance garden that allows family living, with a level lawn for games a seat to enjoy the sun and a small veg patch for Beany to learn about growing plants, it’s also important to us that nature still visits our garden. Where I can’t save plants I’ll be replanting areas with insect friendly plants and trying to find creative ways to make nature friendly areas.
Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be completing phase one. Building the front of the lawn up with sleepers ready to level it out in September when we can re-turf. This is going to be a long slog as we are doing all the work ourselves It won’t be like one of those instant garden makeover shows. We want to enjoy it as we go too.
I’ll be back later to show you how we got on with phase one but for now I better get out there and help!
Have you completed a garden makeover? We’d love to know if you have so don’t forget to let us know. If you’d like to keep up with the work on the garden then I’ll be posting photos on Instagram. Why not join us there.