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Category: Front garden make-over | Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 5:29 pm

Well at long last the weather has been good enough for Ian and I to get on with getting the front garden sorted out. We originally had a large conifer in each side with various low growing plants around them and an old, rickety stone wall.

This is how it used to look:

The first thing we did was to remove all the plants that were in the garden so that we had a clear space to work on the fence.

Out came the large conifers:

Next we had to tackle removing the low growing plants and the stone wall.

No plants left now except the hedge and my beautiful bell heather. I really didn't want to pull the heather up as I'd grown it from a tiny wee thing in a 4 inch pot but, sadly, it just had to go too.

I think we must have dug out about three tons of stone before the job was completed. Maybe I should have sold the stone on e.bay!! LOL It would certainly have saved us having to move it all into the back garden which was back breaking work.

Next we had to remove the old, rotting, green picket fence.

All the fencing was taken up to the council skip and weed control fabric was laid over the bare earth.

Finally, work on the new fence got underway!!

New fence is now completed.

The next job we tackled was building the new wall around both front beds. The colour ties in nicely with the paintwork around our front windows.

We had to take a break at this point as the weather deteriorated but we did telephone the builders yard and order up two tons of plum slate chippings for delivery.

Here they are:

Now for some more hard labour - getting the slate into the garden and raking it smooth.

Job done at long last!!!

Now all we have to do is wait for our friend, Jim, to make six planters for us and for Spaldings to send out the two fetterbushes for planting.

This may now be a very low maintenance garden but boy was it hard work getting it that way!!!

I'll post more piccies once they arrive and are all planted up.

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Frank wrote on Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:35 pm:

Very neat Eils, the wall and slate colours really complement each other. You and Ian are a clever duo. Did you keep any of the old fencing for future garden junk projects?

Looking forward to future photos.


Droopy wrote on Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:13 pm:

I am now struggling for breath after having read your description of all the work done. It looks good so far!


toni wrote on Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:38 pm:

You two have done so much work and it looks wonderful. The fence really looks nice too...I have a preferrence for picket fence but your new one looks great with your cottage.

Really anxious to see more of the progress.


CritterPainter wrote on Fri Sep 07, 2007 12:12 am:

I really like how that fence, and that lavendar-hued stone, compliments the house. Look forward to seeing the progress, though what you've done has left me sleepy already!!


cajunbelle wrote on Fri Sep 07, 2007 1:16 am:

Looks great Eileen, looking forward to seing the finished project.


dooley wrote on Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:55 am:

Looks great! But, you sure did a lot of hard work. More than I've done all summer. End result was worth it though. dooley


glendann wrote on Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:46 am:

You two have really done great work.It all is beautiful.


zuzu's petals wrote on Tue Sep 11, 2007 1:07 am:

What a charming home you have. :)
The new fence is fantastic,
and I'm impressed beyond words at all the work you've done.

I can't wait to see it when you add the planters,
I know it will be marvelous.


SongofJoy57 wrote on Sun Nov 04, 2007 12:00 pm:

How industrious you both have been. I love it! And the cottage is charming!!!! Looking good . . . hate the heather had to go . . . did it have a smell??? (As you can see, I do not know much about heather, and have only seen it in pictures. Wish I was your neighbor, as I would have certainly taken it off your hands . . . plus we could have tea together from time to time. (And you could advise me on gardening and placement. . . Love your new fence too!!!


cactusflower wrote on Thu May 29, 2008 6:05 pm:

Your home is so Beautiful and Charming. How fortunate you are to be able to live there. Your project sure looks like a lot of work but it all looks fabulous!

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