So I am blogging to take my mind off this while being quietly relieved that we did everything we aimed to in the garden yesterday and didn’t say “We’ll do that tomorrow”. We started with a shopping trip – gravel for the path, lots of plants – and then set to work by around 11.30.
We did well with the plants – a combination of reduced items and loyalty card offers/coupons meant we saved £40. We found three heucheras for £20, hardy wallflowers on buy one, get one free, and several plants reduced, including a lavender, a hellebore and a forsythia. I did pay full price for a scabious but I never begrudge that – they are so lovely. We also bought 48 geraniums for £12, and once the threat of frost is past they will go in the troughs under the living room window and in an assortment of other containers.
So I planted one heuchera, one hardy wallflower and a small lavender in the front garden. Meanwhile J mowed the lawn and turned over the area immediately in front of the compost bin. He “planted” the monkey puzzle stumps at the back of the bed, and the plan is to have some rush or fern screening behind them to hide the bin properly.
I gave the grass in the side bed a haircut, very carefully to avoid chopping any daffs, and planted out most of the other plants at the back. The scabious and the reduced lavender are in pots for now as the plan is for them to go in the side bed – but we can’t plant that up until the fence is fixed.
So the flower beds at the front look like this:
And the back garden looks like this:
One day there will be more plants than pots in the bed on the right! As you can see, we now have some gravel on the path and that, combined with mowing the lawn, has transformed the look of the garden.
A few close-ups: