Last Friday it was Kaycee’s birthday. On Sunday it was their Grandmother’s (Nanny) birthday. Today it’s Ella’s birthday.
For the last 2-3 weeks Ant and I have been working on birthday surprises for them all which has been a nightmare at times to keep secret from each person!
As you know, Ant built a summer house for the girls as a surprise from Nanny for their birthdays. What Nanny didn’t know was that while Ant was doing that, I spent the last week working on the path in the play area and a full weekend of very hard work, creating a rockery in the corner of the play area.
We used the corner to dump a huge pile of sticks that had been created when the evergreen hedge that was originally in the garden had to be taken out so the fence could be put up.
Nanny liked the hedge but it wasn’t good for Chi-Chi who would have been able to escape between the trunks!
I finished off the brick and stone path but couldn’t go all the way to the back door because Nanny’s having an extension done in September.
I then started on the play area path and we decided to make it into a bark path so it fitted in with the woodland feel in that part of the garden.
I dug the borders, covered them with weed matting and stones so that they’re ready for planting when Nanny’s settled in and can decide how she wants the borders.
I still have more borders to sort out that have been taken over by grass and weeds but I’m leaving that for now so that I don’t damage the plants that are in the middle of flowering.
On to the photos!
|The circle bit is for Kaycee and to create their own flower garden using plants that grow well in shade 🙂|
The summer house reveal!
Ant built the porch using wood from the old fence that everyone (including me!) wanted to chuck away weeks ago!
The girls planted flowers round the porch…
and Ella found a new friend who she instantly adored and spent the next 2 hours looking after!
In the end she did let it go but she was very sad having to do so.
Nanny’s moving in to her new house today so she’s going to need time to get everything sorted so I’m keeping the girls home this week and having a rest from the garden.
I’m loving the play area and rockery and have really enjoyed the whole process. I’m excited to start on the next parts that need doing but I’m not rushing to get them done. I’m going to work steadily and enjoy it!
There’s going to be a new patio when the extension has been done and I’m going to talk to Nanny about making a wildlife area on the other side of the play area. It’s already full of insects, frogs and lovely plants, like the 2 bushes that meet in an arch and create a magical garden den!
Still lots more to do but plenty of time in which to do it 🙂