Tuesday, 29 July 2014
A Little Imagination Needed
I am still pondering over the back garden, its a view I observe many times a day from the kitchen window and the its the first view of the day from the bedroom window.
Yesterday I cleared the paving slabs that created a stepping stone path down the garden, this morning I sat out there having a cuppa and gave the area some thought.
This were I sat its the corner between the utility room and the kitchen, I want to make this area a nice place to sit and admire the view down the valley it also gets the sun in the morning, the utility room walls will be rendered and painted a nice warm buttermilk colour.
This part is in the middle of the back garden, it used to be some sort of pond, my first thoughts were to make it into a fire pit that we could sit around, I have now decided to make it into a herb garden, its too close to the house for a fire pit but is ideal and withing reach as a herb garden, so it needs clearing digging over and filled in with a soil and compost mix before planting up, it will be mulched with bark chippings after planting.
Beyond the herb garden is a ramshackle collection of old lean to sheds, they will be taken down, the branches from overhanging trees will be cut back, this will be an ideal area for a BBQ and brick oven
On the opposite side is this embankment made up of soil rubble and rocks, this part I am going to turn into a rock garden, the barn beyond it will be closed in and on the outside I will grow some climbing plants.
This part is backed with a low brick wall, you cant see it for weeds but it is there, apart from a Rhody there is nothing else but weeds, so I think a nice deep curved bed planted up with roses and spring bulbs
On the other side there is a neglected Butterfly bush that I will keep and again a curved bed will be made and planted up between the two areas the slabs form 2 steps down, this is where an archway will be put in.
The path leads down to the old mobile home, after investigating we have decided its not staying, the trees and bushes will be cut back to make a nice tidy hedge, a base will be put down and a log cabin will be built in its place, this will become my work place, and hopefully be in place in the next month.
After all the ideas were noted down today, I thought i better make inroads, the area around the herb garden is full of weeds and I really don't need another lawn there are other lawns around the house, so the weeds have to go, as much as I hate using weed killer as it was a still day so no drift, I sprayed the area with a weed killer that goes down to the roots, tomorrow I am going to take up the slabs, I bought some rolls of weed membrane that I am going to cover the area with re lay the slabs as stepping stones then gravel it all from the house to the low brick wall. I picked up some seeds for rockery plants so September will see those on the go,
A little imagination is needed, I can see it all in my mind so over the next few days we will see what evolves.