As I promised a while back, here are some more photos of our garden. The first batch was taken on 25th May.
The new flower boxes on the summer house, with the narrow boat painting I did.
My hubby decided to extend the decking in front of the summer house so we could have a table there, to eat our meals when the weather is nice. Here, he has prepared the ground ready to put in two more railway sleepers.
The sweet pea plants he’s put in the troughs along the garage wall, with the trellises he managed to rescue from a rubbish heap on a farm he visited.
More trellises on the back of the garage, with the new Clematis montana. In a couple of years, this will grow up and cover the end of the garage – it is a prolific plant with very pretty flowers. Growing around it are some columbines which I really love.
A couple of tomato plants my hubby was given, in pots outside the utility room window.
The bank in front of the path leading to Mum’s patio. I love the wild ferns that grow there. There are male ferns and hart’s tongue ferns, and I’ve enjoyed watching them unfurl from their tightly-rolled beginnings. In amongst them on the bank are some wild cyclamen, too, but they are not in flower yet.
A trough of black tulips. I forgot to photograph these when they were at their best; they are dying down a bit here.
The rockery in Mum’s patio.
The strawberry pot.
A couple of new begonia plants in a pot in the corner of Mum’s patio.
The water feature, taken from the kitchen patio.
The herb garden that my hubby made for me, in the corner of the patio outside the kitchen window.
After these photos were taken, the water feature developed a leak somewhere along its length and my hubby had to work quite hard, trying to find the leak. I suggested that it might save him a lot of work if he replaced the plastic the whole way down – he had patched up the old plastic originally. He eventually agreed, and once done, it was successful for a short while, and then water started pouring out from somewhere again, all over the patio, and he thought he’d have to tackle the whole thing all over again… However, he discovered a fold in the plastic which he must have introduced when he had been replacing the stones, and once this was corrected, it has been working perfectly ever since.
This picture, taken on 3rd June, shows the water feature demolished.
Here is my hubby, rebuilding it. This was taken on 4th June.
The remaining photos I took today. You can see some changes and quite a bit of growth in some cases.
The water feature, repaired and working. The trouble is, pictures of it don’t show the water – you just see the plastic liner! In real life, it’s quite obvious, though. This photo was taken standing in the patio.
This photo were taken through the kitchen window, which gives a better view of the patio too.
The herb garden. My hubby has tidied it up, and we also have some parsley in there now.
Pink geranium in a pot by the bank, where the ferns have grown up beautifully since the primroses died back. It’s lovely and mossy and wild. Beside the geranium is a pot of mint.
Looking along the bank towards the patio outside the flat.
The strawberry pot. If you look closely, you can see that there are some strawberries developing – we probably won’t get more than a small bowl but it’s a start! You can see that the kitties have joined me and are “helping” with the tour of the garden.
Over the last few days, the sweet peas have started flowering! I am amazed how quickly they have grown up – they are quite tall now. There are plenty of buds, so in a few days there should be a good show.
The flower bed and the bird bath. The climbing rose is known as “Rambling Rector” which is rather amusing!
Looking back towards the house along the flower bed.
Here is the summer house, completed as my hubby had imagined it. You can see the extra railway sleepers in front, providing enough decking for the bench and the small table which he bought in a second-hand furniture shop for £4! He painted it with Cuprinol to match the rest. We can sit up there and have our meals and there is a bit of shade from the apple tree, which makes it very pleasant, with a lovely view back down the garden. It’s a favourite spot!
Today my hubby received the two hanging baskets he’d got on Ebay, complete with their silk flowers like the ones in the boxes – maintenance free lol! They look so nice and bright against the brown wood of the summerhouse.
In front, on the decking, he has put a wooden box that he’s painted red, and inside is a basket which is supposed to have bottles in it – he’s thinking of putting some flowers in that as well.
The view of the summerhouse from the top of the bank. It makes such a lovely focal point at the end of the garden, and I love what he’s done with the flower bed.
Finally, a view of the water feature from above, through the trellis.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of our garden! As time goes on, all the plants will grow and mature. It’s already hugely different, and it’s all down to my hubby’s hard work and imagination, with a few suggestions from yours truly!