Hello...hope you are all well, I've had a lovely couple of weeks, a very relaxing half term, and this week has been dedicated to making cups of tea for Mr Landscape Man's team of gardeners.
I'm joining in with Sarah, sharing my garden changes over 2016. I was hoping this phase, which is all very grey, would be complete for this post, but a failed slab delivery has halted work until next week. It all looks rather messy, but in my minds eye I can see how it is starting to shape up.
In the words of Monty Don, it's "the practical bits and pieces, that if you don't get right, won't hold the garden together." So this is that practical bit, which although not colourful, is essential.
In order to manage my gardens transformation, gosh that's sounds good doesn't it, I'm thinking of it in terms of phases:
The Studio: complete.
Landscaping around the studio: complete.
Retaining wall, steps and path: nearly complete.
Patios: Summer 2016.
Top garden, path and landscaping: Autumn 2016.
Greenhouse and cold frames: 2017.
This summer I will be concentrating on the top garden beds, editing my plants and generally getting rid of those I no longer want. The top garden will then have a path laid, linking it to the steps, and three slate filled circles, in different sizes. I want this area to be planted with colourful, fragrant, cottage garden plants. Lots of height in here too, so that you only get glimpses of the other parts of the garden.
I don't think I appreciated just how destructive a little dog could be in a garden, initially the three circles planned for the top garden were going to be grass, but every time he has a wee, a small patch of grass dies...oh and he likes to dig too...not to mention eat plants! So we will see what I can manage to conjure up, and I thought it was just the slugs I had to contend with ;)
Let's hope there's a bit more colour in my March review!
Amanda :) xxx