This is going to be a series of short posts for you can track the progress of my garden makeover as it happens or thereabouts. I hope you enjoy them.
I’ve decided that after 4 years in the flat it is time to take control and give the garden a major re-vamp now we kinda understand where the sun shines and the wind blows. Over these few years I’ve managed to collect a few plants but even those that have grown fail to get the garden working for us. The garden is currently divided fairly equally between a large rockery with lots of huge rocks but with only a shallow soil covering between, and a paved area. This means, there is what seems like a vast area of grey paving right outside the French doors.
I have a plan in mind and a budget (not a big one) and most of the budget has already been blown ……… on a greenhouse! Needless to say we will be recycling materials all the way including plants (of course) and paving. I do plan to spend some money on some gravel/pebbles and more plants and if there is anything left a bit of garden furniture.
You can see a few pictures of what my garden looked like around this time last year if you visit this previous blog post , although the weather had been very much kinder. In the summer the garden looks OK as I can add flowers and colour with annuals and pots but in the winter, which here in Buxton last at least 6 months the garden looks baron and grey. My intention is to use more evergreen planting with contrasting foliage and colours to add the interest all year round, and to bring the plants closer to the living room.
This is a picture of the rockery part of the garden from last May
And this is the view from our living room through the French doors.
So you can get your bearings, below is an aerial view of the garden taken by our ever obliging neighbour on the 3rd floor
The monster rockery is to the left, and as you can see at this time of year it doesn’t look as good as when everything has started to bloom. The bottom edge of the photo is where the French doors from the living room are and on the right-hand-side we have already taken up a few paving slabs and stated to create a new planting boarder closer to the house. The wooden frame at the end of the garden maps out the shape of the new greenhouse and roughly where it is going to sit (we have already changed our minds).
Always good to have a plan – mine is mostly in my head. I have a made a rough sketch but I am no artist. There has already been a lot of boulder moving, soil shifting and digging by Mr Husband and his faithful helper – that’s me. As we are doing all the work ourselves in the evenings and on weekends it’s going to take a bit of time. However we have a deadline of the 4th June when the greenhouse arrives. I will reveal which greenhouse I’ve bought soon, I think you will like it.
Next time I’ll show you how the boarders are coming along.