What a difference a few days can make

Not to mention a few years and a whole heap of work!

We have our new shed, fully operational and as good as we thought it would be. It was put up yesterday afternoon, and first thing this morning (before J added the finishing touches) it looked like this:

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You may be able to tell that there is a small gulley in front of the shed, as they had to dig away some of the path to ensure airflow and that the door would open. They left us half a dozen paving slabs to do with as we saw fit, and a couple of gravel boards to hold the sides of the cut. So this morning (while I was taking Mum shopping and photographing her garden, of which more later) J sorted out the gravel boards, set the slabs in a neat stack in front of the door and wedged them in place, and partly filled the gulley with some of the larger cobbles and bits of old concrete path that were still hanging around at the end of the garden. He then repositioned the compost bins and the two plastic storage containers and put everything in the shed that needs to be in the shed. And he mowed the lawn.

So the garden looks like this:

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And just in case you’re new here, or have forgotten, three years ago it looked like this:

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The clean and repaired greenhouse and the new shed:

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More or less the same view three years ago:

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The compost bins have been tucked away in the corner:

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Which means they’re no longer the first thing that draws your eye when you look down the garden.

A few things are flowering though not all of them should be! We have a scabious already awake, poor confused thing.

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The primroses and flowering currant are a bit more seasonal, though.

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So while J was working hard, I was shopping (of course). Mum and I ordered her new greenhouse which will be delivered in the next 2 or 3 weeks. It’ll stand on the paved area next to the raised beds:

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There are lots of hellebores flowering at the moment, along with a wallflower getting itself noticed rather early, and a pink flowering currant (though my picture of that isn’t very good).

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The flowering currant is a new discovery – Mum didn’t know what it was till it started flowering. We have also discovered a very nice heuchera, and a lovely clump of snowdrops:

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Of course, Mum’s dog Benji would like you to be aware that it’s his garden really, he just lets Mum play in it…

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