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New Border – Getting Out In The Garden

The weather has been a bit changeable lately. For example, yesterday it was really lovely and sunshiney. Today it’s very dull and quite cold.
Yesterday I did some digging to prepare my new border. Today I wanted to go and buy plants for that new border and maybe grab our new drop saw to start some woodworking for the garden, but decided I just wanted to stay in the warm house instead!

New Border

Ant laid turf in this space last year after he’d finished the new patio and cover. He wasn’t very impressed when I said I was going to dig it up to make a border!
I’m going to plant some Dragon’s Blood sedum plants in the new border. It’s a creeping plant that has green leaves in Spring and Summer which turn to red in Autumn and Winter. It also has red flowers in Summer.

digging the new border


new border ready for planting

Low Maintenance

The plan for the garden is to get it as low maintenance as possible. I’ve been checking out some landscaping ideas to help me with the plans.
When I’ve got this border done, I’m going to tidy up the pond area and get some creeping plants put in that will suppress the weeds.
After that, we’re going to create a herb garden border next to Ant’s BBQ and then we’ll dig over the border by the fence and plant fruit bushes.

Top Of The Garden

Ant spent a few hours yesterday burning a lot of the garden rubbish we created last year. There’s still some rubbish left and he’s planning on getting it all gone this week.

When all the rubbish has gone we’re going to move the butterfly bush then dig the whole area. It’s going to be covered in thick black plastic and left until Autumn 2019.
We’re going to be planting fruit trees up there then turfing the ground.

Ant's bonfire

Ant's bonfire

Bonfire remnants

Lots To Do

It’s a big job but breaking it down into smaller areas has stopped me from getting overwhelmed! I feel confident that the garden is going to look loads better this year 🙂



New Log Burner And BBQ Progress – Garden Update

New Log Burner


We went to B&M to buy a pizza oven as they’d been reduced from £129 to £89. Of course, they didn’t have any! Instead, we bought a new log burner and I love it 🙂

new log burner

Ant’s had a few health problems this week so he’s not been working in the garden much. He’s had a few days rest and was able to get some small jobs done yesterday.

Ant took the barrel drum barbeque off the stand and set it on the slabbed side. He also made his wooden seat and used the legs from the barbeque to make a trolley table 🙂


upcycled trolley

He was working on the steps earlier in the week until his health problems started. They’re very small steps so that Granddad can get up to the grass easier. He’s not as steady on his legs as he used to be.
They might be finished by the next garden update. He’s also going to add a rail to make them even safer for Granddad.

stone steps

My lilies have opened which pleased me immensely. I usually have them each side of the patio door but it’s a mess on the patio at the moment. They’re at the top of the garden. I totally forgot about them and was delighted when I saw them in full glory!

light yellow lily pink lily white lily

We’ve been talking about the cover Ant’s going to build over the patio. I think that’s going to be our next job. It’s all starting to come together nicely 🙂


The Patio Is Down, Repeat, The Patio Is Down!

New Patio – Yay!!!

new patio

I’m so excited to share the photos of my new patio 🙂 I knew I was going to love it and I absolutely do 🙂

Ant’s been working on it every spare moment he had. He’s had to go to B&Q numerous times to buy more sand (he couldn’t buy it all in one go because he didn’t want to overload the car). It took more sand than expected. That was because in between digging out the area and laying the slabs, we’ve had some torrential rain. It made the area much lower than Ant originally intended. He ended up having to put back some of the soil he’d dug out!

The bricks on the worktop are to hold the BBQ. He’s taking it off the legs and securing it on the bricks.
The gas BBQ is going in the big space. We’ll be using the spaces underneath to store things like charcoal and wood.

He’s going to build a seat and little table on the wall near the grass so he has somewhere to sit while he’s cooking 🙂

new patio

When this area is done, our next job is to hire a skip and get rid of the mountain of junk in the garden, in the sheds and in the greenhouse.
Just getting rid of the rubbish is going to make a massive difference to the garden.

Another Gardening Party – Garden Update

Another Gardening Party


A few weeks ago, when we had a heatwave, we appealed for help in the garden from the family. They didn’t disappoint; we had a great day and they got loads of gardening done.

Ant’s been trying to build his wall for the outdoor kitchen he’s planning but it’s been taking him ages. Time and the weather have been against him so we appealed for help again once we knew the weather was going to get better.

Last week we had days of rain but the weekend looked promising so we planned another barbeque.

garden update another gardening party

garden update

Clearing Bramble

The guys did a brilliant job mixing the mortar for the wall and in between mixes, clearing the brambles and butterfly bushes at the top of the garden.
I have to admit I was tempted to leave the bramble once I saw the number of berries that were growing on it. I didn’t want an even bigger job to do in the autumn when the berries were done.

garden update another gardening party

I had to nip out and buy a strimmer and a lawnmower. The strimmer we have was too small and we didn’t have a lawnmower.
The grass was knee high and had started going to seed, it had been that long since it had been cut!

Now all I have to do is find a way t get rid of all the brambles and butterfly bushes that have been cut down. The pile is bigger than the trees were!

garden update another gardening party

Peach Tree

I was delighted to see that our diseased peach tree actually had some fruit on it.  There are only 2 but it gives me hope that we can save it by spraying it in the autumn 🙂

First fruit garden update another gardening party

Talking of fruit trees, the apple tree has more fruit on than I expected after having such a small amount of blossom this year.

Apples - garden update another gardening party


Hopefully, I’ll have some patio progress to report on next time 🙂


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