The weather has been absolutely glorious this week. Frank has pretty much been living outside, spending his time ambling around, occasionally napping in the sun. We have reinstated our post dinner walks (only on nice evenings of course.) But most importantly we have managed to do some serious garden work, which has been brilliant! Jonny has been chainsawing trees, chopping firewood, clearing overgrown areas and having bonfires. Whilst I have begun working on the area I have been referring to as the flower garden – which in reality is the small stretch of shrubby grass to the front of our house. It is a little bit neglected looking, with overgrown flower beds that run along the front of the house and the side of the fence. It is gravelled with fairly horrible looking noggin, that has large clumps of grass and weeds covering it in odd patches. Why would we want to change this idyllic sounding spot you may wonder? Well it looks pretty awful. Upon moving in this was one of the first things that I wanted to change (you can see where my priorities lie!) Jonny looks at the practical things: getting a drive-on lawn mower, where will the raised beds get the most sun whilst still being sheltered etc, and I automatically wonder how we can make it look beautiful.
So to begin with I dug over the existing flower beds, removing all of the weeds (and many, many bricks?!) before adding some compost and digging this in. I then planted the plants that we had dug up from our last garden, that had been sitting forlornly in pots by our back door, and watered them in well. Although sadly I had to say goodbye to several plants – prune back your lavenders folks! I tied in my honeysuckle, so it will hopefully clamber romantically up the left hand side of the house, and I will do the same on the other side when I buy my climbing rose; because all cottages need a climbing rose, right? Next I will sow some seeds. As I have mentioned before, I struggle to exercise control in garden centres, so I needed to prioritise growing from seeds this year. I have bought some night scented stock, field cornflower, poppies and pansies so far. I am also fortunate in that my Mum is a great gardener, and therefore gives me lots of beautiful cuttings from her garden. The final job next week will be to dig in the new flower bed that will run along the length of the fence. This will be a harder job as it is currently just a patch of grass, and therefore will need a more significant amount of nutrients (in the form of good quality compost and fertiliser) adding after. We will need to order a large amount of compost…. It is going to be a total pain to do, so I think I might need to play some good tunes, buy some beers and convince Jonny to help.
The problem with doing this sort of work whilst still working full time, is that all these wonderful and exciting ideas that you have tumbling around in your head take much longer to come into fruition than you’d think. But that is half the fun isn’t it? Allowing your mind to wander and imagine all the exciting possibilities whilst driving to work on a Monday morning, or while you are doing the food shopping. I find the planning stages of projects almost as fun as the finished thing. Luckily we have an unbelievably long list of potential future projects, so there is plenty to dream about…