How does your garden grow – August 8th

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.

Finally, they found this little chap in the summer house and both squealed when they first saw him but when he uncurled and started exploring they were fascinated with him!


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 🙂


  1. bluebirdsunshine

    8th August 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Wow, what a great job you've done. Wish I was even vaguely talented when it came to landscaping. I love the little porch too, so sweet!

  2. The Reading Residence

    8th August 2013 at 12:39 pm

    It all looks absolutely fantastic! Those winding paths are brilliant and no wonder the girls were happy with their surprise as it looks fab, and with surprise mini guests, too! 🙂

  3. Katie

    8th August 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations! It looks fabulous! What a jolly playhouse:-) I spy with my little eye, a retro chair over there. Love it.

  4. Faded Seaside Mama

    8th August 2013 at 2:41 pm

    That's such a lovely way to add interest and some magic to a garden! What a great job you did! Lovely caterpillar there too and the cutest little frog!

  5. Mammasaurus

    8th August 2013 at 4:16 pm

    AMAZING WORK! It looks so good – and that porch – what a cunning idea Ant!
    Your hard work really paid off hasn't it?
    I take my hat off to you once again!
    Thanks for linking up and sharing x

  6. An Exeter Mum

    8th August 2013 at 5:18 pm

    WOW what an amazing job you have done it is looking fabulous! I love the pathway and the way it curves and I love the spiral plant area too. Well done to everyone xx

  7. Charly Dove

    8th August 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Wow, wow, wow!!! Everything has come together perfectly, it all looks amazing. And the girls look so happy. Well done, it's just brilliant. I love it 🙂

  8. Lil Muse Lily

    8th August 2013 at 10:02 pm

    you have done such wonderful hard work!! it looks great and it will just get better with time and love. well done and happy birthday to all!

  9. Kathleen Scott

    9th August 2013 at 1:27 am

    What a great save on the old fence! And the girls have their own plantings. It all looks so wonderful, I hope you enjoy it after all of the work you put in.

  10. Sara Murray

    9th August 2013 at 2:23 am

    Wow, what an amazing job you've done, it's looking fantastic!

  11. Nichola Fabfortymum

    9th August 2013 at 11:55 pm

    It is absolutely incredible, you two have done an amazing job. I love it, this is going to be a really beautiful garden when it starts to mature, you will all have many happy years and many happy birthday parties in that garden. You should be so proud of what you've achieved and I'd certainly say you deserve a week off xx

  12. helvetiahandmade

    14th August 2013 at 12:14 pm

    What a job you have done, it is fantastic, you should be really proud. It looks like you have laid miles of path! I love the little catterpillar

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