Sunday, 12 January 2014

Making the most of the dry weather

We managed to get two days in the garden this weekend, even although the mornings were frosty we have plenty to do that keeps us warm and makes progress here in the gardens. I have been continuing the garden spring clean: finishing the gravel patio and starting the paved patio. This involved weeding the alpine troughs, cutting back herbaceous, sweeping up the slabs and forking the beds. I also started the morning garden, getting all the old tops of plants onto the bonfire and forking over two of the four big square beds.

Tidying the morning garden and removing stone from the bed
I removed an ivy growing on the house wall, to eliminate any damage from the stems getting into the brick work or harling, not sure where it will end up so it is healed in for now. We also removed the pile of stone and rubble lying in one of the morning garden beds from where we started to demolish and make safe one of the derelict byre walls (a future project).

The other big job we did on Saturday was finally finishing the office garden. I won't say too much as I want to do a blog devoted entirely to this garden and its construction soon. Suffice to say we have turned an untidy, weedy dumping area in front of David's office into a Scottish natives garden with pond and six distinct habitat plantings in less than a year. I am really excited about this area as its the first new garden within the garden for six years and has made a huge difference to the look of the front garden. Considering the awful soil we had to work with and it being David and Adam's first experience of landscaping and gardening on such a scale we did brilliantly.
March 2013, some of the rubbish had already
been moved
All finished, just some plants to add in spring

So now its back to work tomorrow for a rest! Ha ha. Hope you all had a good weekend.

For those of you who read my earlier post about new years resolutions: in week one I have lost 3lb having been really good and stuck to the new eating plan and excersise workouts and we have already saved £40 on our food shopping this month and there is still 2 weeks to go. Feeling good.


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