More progress in the garden this week. With Mum visiting us, we went out for the day on Friday and looked for edging plants for the front garden, and shrubs and structural plants for various areas. One of the local colleges which runs a horticulture course has a garden centre which is a good source of reasonably-priced plants, so we started there and found shrubs on a 3 for £10 offer, so we bought six. These included a berberis, a mahonia and a second forsythia. Then we went to our usual garden centre and went straight to the seasonal clearance area, where bargains awaited. We found a choisya for £10, reduced from £35; a large euonymus for £10 down from £25, and best of all a viburnum for £5, down from £35.
We also bought some nemesia and helichrysum, and another camomile, plus another heuchera for only £2, two scabious – one pink, one blue – for £2 each and a dark purple scabious for £3.
On Friday I took some photos, the first since we remodelled the front garden:
Then on Saturday we spent the day planting our new purchases (J also trimmed some hedges and painted some fence panels). Mum supervised, of course. Shrubs have been added to the front garden, and to the area of the former sandpit, so the garden has a bit more evergreen structure and more things that will still be around in the winter. Some general shots at the end of a hard day’s work:
The former sandpit corner:
Things doing particularly well:
Wildlife seems to be on the up; we have seen lots of damselflies and a few larger dragonflies, and one evening a large rhinoceros beetle flew past us as we sat on the patio. We have heard at least one thrush singing away, and bats have been seen swooping overhead at dusk. We have now invested in a bird feeding station – at the moment the water dish is probably going to be the most popular feature.
Finally, one of those compare and contrast games I love so much. The back garden, as it looked in December – the day we got the keys:
And as it looks now: