Peace has decended. No more the drone of the concrete mixer, no more the shrill whine of the angle grinder, no more overheard landscaper’s laddish banter and badly tuned radio… and no more flippin tea making! The hard landscaping is finished!!
To further test my ever-diminishing patience there were a few days of ‘nothing happening whatsoever’ last week, while my landscaper awaited delivery of some final materials; namely, an inspection hole tray and specially fabricated metal edging to go around the birdbath – made by his local blacksmith….
Inspection hole tray fitted with blocks, very boring but a lot better than a horrible concrete or plastic cover
Metal edging fabricated by the blacksmith to retain gravel from planting area for box hedging - very neat & smart and way easier than using Ever-Edge in this situation
Sharp sand is brushed between the pavers...
...and the gravel is laid (small grade Cheshire pink)
The tools and building materials were packed away, the stone planters were put in place, the skip was collected by ‘Bill & Ben’ the skip hire men (I kid you not!) one last round of tea was made, the wire was replaced on the fence to close up the access point and they were gone.
This is, of course, just the beginning of the exciting process of creating a garden. But it is a real joy to have a good basic structure. I know the design is simple; some may think it very boring but I love it and my Other Half loves it too. What I am absolutely delighted with are the materials we’ve used as I think they’re very sympathetic with our house and its rural location. It also meets my own brief of being low maintenance and easily accessible. And, of course, there are other things to add, a bench, side arches for climbers to create two arbors and planters.
Oh and, if anyone else says to me they ‘can’t wait to see it with the plants in’ I might scream and throw something! You can’t wait?! How d’ya think I feel! I’ve learnt one thing for sure; patience is definitely not a virtue I possess!
So, as is always the custom with these things, here’s an obligatory ‘before’ picture…
And after pictures. Ta da!!
After landscaping - view towards the house
After landscaping - view from the house