As you know I’ve asked a few plants people and gardeners to come round and provide me with some quotes on the cost of planting up my new garden. They’ve got a great base to work from. Here is the quote spec and some drawings of the garden (overall plan is the one that is to scale) that I’m sharing to pull in the quotes:
Who said planning was boring – or that colouring pencils are for kids?!
[This post was drafted yesterday]
I’m pretty exhausted folks – so am going to let the photos do the talking!
Well, we are going over on the timescale, but every day something new comes together.
Today the weed suppressant matting went down (black stuff in the photo) and part of the trellis that will screen the washing line and utility area from view in the garden was up.
We also seem to have just about nailed where the curve of the brick path will go to at the cabin end. We’ve literally been playing with the lines of the bricks for days to try and get something that visually makes sense and has it’s own kind of logic for the direction of the end of the path. You’d be surprised how much difference a few inches this way or that looks – I.e. when the outside lines of the path did not go either side of doors by a similar number of inches on either side, it didn’t make sense. But I think we’ve got it now (sorry you can’t see it in the pix above, where the are rags on the floor it is because they are protecting the cement footings that have gone down. It will all become apparent tomorrow). So with thanks to my dad, who supplied another 80 reclaimed bricks from his brick collection (true!) we are ready to roll with the next step.
Elsewhere in the garden, the fencing along the side return is now up. Will have a nice time picking climbers to grow up to the trellis there one day – perhaps roses to look out of the kitchen windows at. It’ll all look so different once the shingle is down…
Also, my other half made an interesting suggestion – how about we put a tree to the left (if you are looking at it from outside) of the cabin? It would add necessary height to that side of the garden. We don’t really need another patio there after all as we already have an ample one before the lawn.
So, clearly the next logical step for me to take was to order a romantic semi circle tree bench or ‘kissing seat’ to go around whatever tree we plant in the circle. It cost £80… but anyway: Yay Ebay! 🙂
Half circle tree seat
Landscaper informs me that that tree root weighed in at 960kgs !
But despite British headlines today about 100mph+ gusts of winds and rain leading to whole swathes of countryside to be flooded – Roy still managed to dig this one fully up. He reckons it took 6 hours. That was some mean tree! I’ll have to dig out a photo to show just how big it was before it was cut down.
Here’s a big ole tree root. Roy (the landscaper) only just got the digger down the side alley!
My fence is all gone AND SO IS THE MOUND OF RUBBLE… replaced with a mound of earth from where the tree roots have been dug up. We need to get all the roots out or the earth will sink from where they rot – and I want a nice firm lawn and stable cement base for the cabin to sit on.