Skip to main content

Something has changed

I have been pottering in the garden for a week or so now, today was the first day I did not run back into the house with numb fingers and toes. In fact it was just lovely outside, the sun was shinning and there was some warmth on my back.

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.


The mess of a tiny border now sorted out ready to put down gravel or mulch

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.

The planter with tree included, this is now removed and ready for some pretty flowers

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.


  1. Hi thought I'd post a comment hope that's ok. I love wall planters there's so many interesting things you can do with them. I particularly like them for edibles like herbs but this is mainly because we have a dog that wees all over everything in our garden and this is the only safe way for us to grow them!! I'll def follow your progress I love a good project thanks for checking out my blog and getting in touch on twitter all the best

    1. Thank you for the comment and follow. What a lovely idea doing herbs, I am going to give that some thought. Lovely to have you along for the journey x

  2. I never know when to start gardening in a new year! My garden needs a desperate sort out & mow. I'm glad to see you've started! I may get out this weekend weather dependent! Good luck with buying plants, I'll be intrigued to see how it all turns out :-)

    1. Thank you so much for your interest, I am so rubbish but I am going for it. I am sure I will amuse you in posts to come about how not to garden xx


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Feeding a Bee with sugar water

Have you ever been in the garden and seen a sad looking bee on the ground not really moving? You watch it for a while realising the poor little chap is really struggling. I have found several bees like this and tried to feed them sugar water. But my attempts to rescue them mainly ended with me trying to drown them, I was really not aiding them during their time of need. But I have finally developed a method that works so I thought I would share.

Mix together white sugar with a little water so that it completely dissolves, RSPB suggests 2 tablespoons of sugar with one tablespoon of water. I used desert spoons but the same ratio. The advice is never to use honey or brown sugar. 

This is what worked for me, move the bee to a paving stone, I used a strong leaf they tend to walk onto it, if not you can easily slide it under them, then drip a small amount of the sugar water in front of the bee. The bee will start to drink the sugar water and you will see it begin to get stronger. It is truly …

Molehill Trouble

Our garden wraps around our house so we have two areas of lawn. The lawn to be honest is pretty terrible, I use the term lawn loosely, I should really be saying our mix of moss, clover and various other weeds that make up the appearance of a lawn. To add to this we have a little friend who keeps popping up.

A mole.

This is the area of lawn just outside the living room in November, these are seriously huge molehills.

I took all the soil I could do off the grass and redistributed on the new border. I then brought some mole bulbs, we used them on the main lawn about five years ago and they worked. When they arrived I set about putting them in the ground.

The box gives instructions on how to plant the bulbs. I must admit I did not exactly follow these and put them in each corner and then one half way down each side and one in the middle. Meaning I used more than they would say you need.

This is how the lawn looks now....

No more molehills on this piece of lawn. What has been even better i…

Planting LolliPop Trees Elaeagnus ebbingei

I can not believe the day had finally arrived, the trees we had put so much thought into were going to be planted.

We had the conifer and last shrubs removed and the whole area dug over and ready for the arrival of the LolliPop Trees Elaeagnus ebbingei.

Finding Elaeagnus Ebbingei

I was on the school run when they arrived. I walked round into the back garden to see five of the most beautiful trees in huge pots ready to be planted.

Mr MC&W had chatted to the team that the trees need to be the same height despite there being a slight slope.

It was great to see the tape measure out checking the spacing between each one, as this was such a crucial part of the design.

I can not believe how fast they got the first tree in and how polite they were when we suddenly realised it was overhanging the neighbours' boundary. They brought it forward no questions.

All five went in under 4 hours, I honestly do not think we would have one hole dug in that time.
Then they were planted and we could…