I have achieved quite lot bearing in mind I have very limited time, as you can see a lot of ivy has been sorted out and taken down, the bin area has been swept and tidied up. I have come to a conclusion I am not going to be planting the tiny border and I will put down a mulch or gravel to tidy up then get some pots so that we can keep the interest year round. If we just had a tiny little border with ivy roots I think it would be mess.
I have uncovered two on the wall planters, there is a third but I am trying to decide if just to keep the ivy there and have the two but then these things look much better in odd numbers. So I have a feeling there will be more ivy removed.
Now I can get to the point of what's changed, whilst wondering round the garden center trying to keep on eye on the youngest and look at some plants to go into the planters we have already, I realised I was not just looking at the plants with almost a blank mind. I was looking at the plants and thinking what colours would work, which plant would work in which planter. This may to some seem a very odd realisation but it's the first time I have ever done this. I do not think I have ever really looked at plants before, with the thought that would look good there or wow that planted with that will just look amazing. I would just wonder round picking things up and quickly putting them down, almost as if I were scared of having a go, what if I get it wrong.
I am off in a couple of days to buy the compost and some plants for the two wall planters and two small planters by the front door and for once some real thought is going into it. Let's hope I can make it look nice and if not I do mind as I am having a go.