Friday, 9 August 2013

Garden makeover

Sorry I haven't been about much in the last couple of weeks, I've popped over to have a read of your blogs, but haven't had time to post or comment on others much.

We live in a modern house with a very small front garden.  Several years ago I planted the borders of these with lavender plants and it looked beautiful, the bees loved it and there was a lovely smell as you walked up to the front door.  Unfortunately over the years it has got a bit out of hand and my husband, being a complete neat freak, took the hedge trimmer to it.  I tried to tell him that if he cut down to the old wood it wouldn't regrow, but he didn't listen so this year our garden was in a sorry state.



So, something had to be done.  And it was, this week.  Everything dug up, new flagpole cherry trees planted in the middle, alchemilla mollis and new (smaller) lavender bushes planted around the edge.  Then filled in with pea shingle.  It should be easy to look after and hopefully should soon establish, it's looking a little bare at the moment.


The tubs have been moved from the back garden and have bay trees in them, strung with little white lights, which look really pretty at night.  The geraniums that were in there aren't faring well, but I'm waiting til the autumn plants are about, I think I'd like some skimmia plants in there for some winter colour.

15 comments:

  1. Keep an eye on the alchemilla, it does like to take over somewhat and seed itself around. But I do love the mass of frothy yellow flowers. Great addition to flower arrangements too.

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    1. Thanks Jessica, Looks like it won't be easily maintained after all! I agree they look great in flower arrangements Jx

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  2. I bet that was a lot of hard work, and its going to look so pretty when it grows up.

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  3. Well done you! You've inspired me to try and sort out the front bit of our out-of-control garden. Your husband would have a fit if he saw it!

    Helen :)

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  4. Ha, ha! He is very annoying Helen, can I send him up to you! Make sure you show before and after photos Jx

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  5. Thanks Annie. I hope by next year it will look more 'loved in' Jx

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  6. Shame about your lovely lavender but your garden looks lovely - my hubby is a bit of a neat freak doesn't understand the concept of cottage gardens far to haphazard for him x

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  7. Hello and welcome! I'm glad it's not just mine! It looks far too neat for me at the moment, but hopefully by next year will be more established Jx

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  8. Great makeover, I bet you felt good looking at it finished. I made the mistake of trimming my lavender too low, I was sure I hadn't but sadly it looks rubbish now and also needs replacing. Beth

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  9. I would have been happier if I had cut it back too low, but annoying when your other half takes a hedge trimmer to it! Jx

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  10. The made over garden looks beautiful - I didn't realise you shouldn't cut lavender right back , now I know where I went wrong with mine!

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  11. Aye aye men are so stubborn aren't they? But at least you got a gorgeous make over out of it :)
    Tammy x

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  12. Aye aye men are so stubborn aren't they? But at least you got a gorgeous make over out of it :)
    Tammy x

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