This weekend we were supposed to get back up north to see folk, but for various reasons couldn't, so instead spent the weekend working on the garden. This is only the 2nd weekend we've had a chance to get to grips with it since we moved in, so I am pretty pleased with our progress. We have a rectangle garden with beds stuffed with builders rubble so the ground takes a lot of prep before you can plant it up. We have a tree, and we overlook a graveyard! Our garden is nothing special objectively speaking, but I'm determined to make it special for us. Whilst it's fairly sparse at the moment I'm hoping with time we'll get the mismatched fences covered with trailing varieties, and do something with the lawn etc.
Also, I have *never* mown lawn before (except for a quick go at home when I was a kid) so this was something I really wanted to do, and was another weekend first for me. Our soil in notts is very claggy and clayey and the lawn suffers, but we've taken it back to let it breathe and will reseed in the coming months. It was overgrown and hard work with a tiny Flymo.
I've cut away a nasty pyramid wire frame support, released the bushy clematis within and begun to reshape it against the fence, and added with it a beautiful Japanese Quince and several rununculas. I've also planted out two rose tubs into the ground for a bit of a rose corner. And i've added some height at the back of the bed with a mix of taller herbaceous perennials. Still to come: honeysuckle and some shorter perennials.
We moved the cherry blossom again, and added in some shrubs including a fairly hard-to-come-by orange globe buddleia in a bid to get more butterflies this year.
On the other side of the garden we took a part a hideous composting bin and used everything that had been amassing for 10 years from the previous owners in the ground. It stank, and it was full of an abnormal amount of egg shells, face wipes and ear bud sticks. I gagged a lot but persevered. The compost itself it wonderful, but here's a tip: face wipes only degrade on a geological timescale, and as for ear bud plastic sticks....
In it's place we have started a little woodland evergreen garden, which we'll add more alpines to in due course. It currently contains our christmas tree. I also had a hankering for eucalyptus because although it's not native that grey disc foliage rocks my world!
Finally, I planted in some dahlia bulbs, sowed a load of poppy seeds, gave the tubs some attention, checked on the veg patch, cut a low-hanging branch off our corkscrew willow and went on a search for my leftover wedding bunting, which we'll add to the decked area for completion.
Despite spending what feel's like a months salary on plants, I'm pretty pleased with what we'll hopefully have in the next few months. It's a long term thing getting a garden to mature, but I feel we've made a valiant step in the right direction this weekend.
I wish I had taken a before photo so that you could feel pride on my behalf! ;)