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Category: Front garden make-over | Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 11:55 am

I decided on Saturday that I really didn't like the planters having bark chippings in them to cover the soil as I thought they looked rather dull.
While we were out and about yesterday we visited a garden centre (how unusual id that for me eh? LOL) and bought a bag of plum slate chippings They are exactly the same as the ones we have in the front garden already only much smaller.
Today, between showers of rain, I removed all the bark and put it into the back garden. Now my planters seem much more cheerful and certainly look more attractive.

Here's what they look like now:

I'm a happy bunny now!!

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The bit I enjoy.

Category: Front garden make-over | Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 9:45 pm

Well, once again, Ian and I have been busy in the front garden.

Planters are in place......

......and getting ready for planting up.

Plants positioned to see how they look.

Planting finished!!

Now all I have to do is wait for the fetterbushes to arrive, plant them and enjoy the finished garden.

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Almost there now.

Category: Front garden make-over | Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:40 pm

At long last my garden planters are here!!! I've given them three coats of clear, satin finish, yacht varnish to make sure they retain their colour and also so that they will withstand the weather better.

Now all I have to do is wait for the last coat of varnish to dry overight and then I can get them moved to the front garden and plant them up.
Also got a letter from Spaldings saying that the two bushes I ordered should be here before the end of the month. Sooooo by the beginning of October the front garden will, at last, be done and dusted!!!

Will post more piccies once the planters are in place and the plants put into them.

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Starting from scratch.

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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