A good weekend’s work

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:

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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:

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The former sandpit corner:

Still some things in pots, but the hydrangea has gone in the ground, with the choisya, mahonia and euonymus at the back of the bed.

Still some things in pots, but the hydrangea has gone in the ground, with the choisya, mahonia and euonymus at the back of the bed.

Things doing particularly well:

Nasturtiums - after making me wait for what felt like ages, they have burst into flower.

Nasturtiums – after making me wait for what felt like ages, they have burst into flower.

Assorted nasturtiums close up - orange...

Assorted nasturtiums close up – orange…

red...

red…

and patterned in yellow and orange...

and patterned in yellow and orange…

and cream and orange.

and cream and orange.

The patio rose has been covered in flowers despite greenfly attacks.

The patio rose has been covered in flowers despite greenfly attacks.

Ox-eye daisy and a little santolina - had to believe that santolina was a tiny cutting just a few months ago.

Ox-eye daisy and a little santolina – hard to believe that santolina was a tiny cutting just a few months ago.

Lavatera

Lavatera

Nemesia

Nemesia

Strawberries starting to ripen - this one got eaten by some small creature, but we have eaten several ourselves in the last few days.

Strawberries starting to ripen – this one got eaten by some small creature, but we have eaten several ourselves in the last few days.

Phacelia, starting to flower and getting lots of insect attention.

Phacelia, starting to flower and getting lots of insect attention.

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:

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And as it looks now:

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4 Responses to A good weekend’s work

  1. The Mystical Mansion and Garden says:

    AWESOME!!! I will follow and come back to read your previous posts.

    • ownedbyrats says:

      Thank you – we have had larger gardens but this is the first time in years we haven’t been living in a rented house, so we are doing this for ourselves for once 🙂

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