Well, it’s been three weeks since the hard landscaping was finished in my garden (feels more like three months!) and it still looks like this…
except with more weeds, but that is with good reason. I’m n0t-very-patiently waiting for weeds to come through so that they can be sprayed. Then, of course, I have to wait another four weeks before I can plant anything. I know this is the ‘sensible’ thing to do as we have some pretty nasty weeds but honestly, it’s enough to try the patience of the saintliest of saints! My landscaper should be able to spray very soon now but knowing my luck we’ll have weeks of windy weather!
In the meantime I have been planning and ordering ‘stuff’, which feels like some sort of progress at least.
I managed to snap up sixteen 20″ box balls at the brilliant price of £9.60 each which my plant supplier is kindly reserving for me and also ordered two half standard Ilex aquifolium ‘Argentea Marginata’ for the stone planters. Next is to design the rest of the planting scheme for the beds. I’ve started a plant list and if anyone knows how to get two or more plants to occupy the same piece of ground I’d be terribly grateful if you could let me into the secret!
Other purchases have been two of these ‘Monet’ arches to be installed laterally at each side of the central axis to provide vertical interest and, of course, a framework for climing plants…
However they’re currently languishing in the garage – one half constructed – because I forgot to take into account the generous width of mortar under the path edging which will have to be drilled before they can be installed – then they will fit perfectly! I have a romantic vision of them covered in white climbing roses but in a north-west facing garden that could present a challenge!
Also, having sensibly dismissed the idea of spending over £2,000 on my ‘dream bench’ for the bottom of the garden or getting one made by a joiner for £850 (I hate being sensible!) we compromised and ordered one of a similar design in the autumn sales for approximately a third of the price – this is it…
And as my lovely OH has just taken up arms, i.e. a screwdriver, I’m off to join him and said bench in the garage to assist (supervise) its construction. See… progress!
(A short time passes with no swearing and no bashed fingers)
Update… and here’s the actual bench in our garden – I’m very pleased with the quality and the look of it and it went together beautifully.