Saturday, 16 July 2011

Summer Pics

Is everyone in the midst of summer madness?
I most definitely am. I went to one of the local nurseries and everything was on sale!!!
Well what can I tell you....?
I bought two cherry trees which I now realize are espaliers, (trees which are meant to grow against a wall). I thought, "ohh how cool” they are gnarly and really interesting they will for sure add interest in the winter months.
Today, during the one of the hottest days of summer I decided to dig a hole and plant one of the trees. Well, I must admit I do not love it. So I have planted one and then I must decide what to do with the other. Shall I go on and plant the other one, or remove the initial one....this remains to be seen.
In the meantime, here are some pictures of the garden so far...
I am really looking for comments,
Have a great day,

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Finally some pictures!!

Hello to all,
as promised, I finally have some before and after pictures! Of course this is mot a completely finished garden. But it is a garden in transition....

I believe that it is quite evident that have used "newspaper". This is all an effort to be green. As well as an attempt at an experiment.

In my old garden I was a "newby" as my eldest daughter Melissa, would say.
I therefore just planted what I was basically told to plant and never questioned what I was told.
Sooo, when I started removing the grass in my front I did what all respectful gardners do; you dig up the grass!!!

Well, not this time. What I did this time around; as perhaps some laziness has set in, I placed newspaper, quite thickly, I might add, on top of the grass. I did this around March.

My experiment was to lay down newspaper on one half of the grass, one side of the bed. The other half got the treatment that most gardners carry out, and as stated above, this was to remove the grass and add topsoil.

Well both halves of the bed did get the topsoil, however, as discussed above, one part of the grass was able to "read" in its bed. (This is also my sad attempt at humour....)

I did not believe, to be perfectly honest, that the newspaper treated bed would work very well. But much to my amazement it did.

This week I have been digging around both ends of the beds, and both turned out quite well.

Now, would I suggest that all gardners do this? Perhaps not, one must have patience and lay down the newspaper quite thickly and do this quite early on, otherwise the grass will come through.

I must confess that I lack a very important trait and that is patience.
Therefore, for all of us out there who are sadly lacking in this trait, we must dig up the grass....or the grass will grow through in the areas that were missed, or that the wind blew away.

This of course will drive me crazy, as I also must confess to having a perfection problem.

Have a gander at my pictures and please feel free to comment...I won't get offended.

Have a good one,

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Creating my brand new, never been used, garden!

I have been out of gardening for almost two years. These have been very long years indeed!

I dragged a ton of plants from my old garden. This folks, was a garden that was twenty years in the making. Leaving it was no easy feat. But I divided and subdivided and placed my plants in pots.
Hostas, peonies, periwinkle, roses, lavender, more hostas you name it. I lifted those babies out of the old dirt  into pots.
My plants had to go into the moving truck before any furniture could be moved...a little obsessive?...nahh

Anyway, here I in am in my new place, finally.  And guess what? It's a clean canvas.

I just cannot wait!

I actually bought the topsoil in March. I know I am a nut case, and of course, my youngest daughter, Mackenzie, will attest to that. She actually saw that glow in my eyes and exclaimed, "mum you are such a nerd".

Anyway, do follow me as I design my new garden. I will post pictures, "before", "during" and definitely "after".
Stay posted as my excitment will only increase as the weather improves.