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 🙂
Ella usually has to share review items with Kaycee so you can imagine how excited she was to receive two books just for her to review!
The first one we’ve read is called, The Fairy Bell Sisters – Silver and the fairy ball.
The Fairy Bell Sisters are the younger sisters of Tinkerbell; there’s Clara, Lily, Rosie, Silver and baby Squeak.
Silver is sad because she’s one day too young to attend the annual fairy ball. She can be a little naughty sometimes but always has the best intentions.
Here’s what Ella thinks of the book:
“I really like the fairy bell sisters. I love fairies because they’re nice. Chapter 3 made me laugh because it says, ‘oh thank goodness you’ve turned the page!’. It’s so funny.
I think it is suitable for my age. I am nearly 6.
I’m looking forward to reading Rosie and the secret friend”
I’ve done the path around the children’s play area but haven’t got photos yet so this week it’s photos from my own garden 🙂
I’m very excited to show off my lilies! They finally started opening and late last night we had the back door open and the scent of the lilies was drifting through the room 🙂
I was surprised to find that they’re now yellow after being white with a hint of yellow last year!
The carnations have also started to open
Two of the three rose bushes I rescued from Nanny’s front garden are blooming
The Sidalcea Nanny bought me for my birthday last year is looking lovely
and I was really pleased to find a Lantana plant when I nipped into a local shop with Ant the other day. I had a pink one a couple of years ago but I didn’t protect it over winter and it died.
I’ll be bringing this yellow one in the house this year!
I’m still on the lookout for another pink one. There are some seeds I can buy on Amazon so if I don’t find an adult plant, I’ll get some seeds.
This week the linky is over at PODcast while the lovely Mammsaurus is on holiday 🙂