After moving in to our house, almost three years ago, we finally want something done with our
backyard garden. We had been looking at doing it up with decking, pathways, indian stone, and gorgeous trees and shrubs. But after getting a quote for over £10,000 pounds we decided we would rather go on a million vacations and attempt to do it simple and on a way cheaper budget. So as I have no clue what I am doing and don’t know the difference between a petunia and an azalea this should be an interesting adventure. I will be taking you all with me from start to finish.
Welcome to my garden mini series!
So I revamped my drawing to accommodate a more simple plan and a cheaper budget, then I was ready to get started. The first thing I did was go to YouTube and watch as many tutorials as I could to keep in my head what steps to take first and where to even start.
We live on an estate so the
front yard garden was done for us. Thankfully but after three years we needed to give it some TLC. I decided to start there first. Tackle the little projects than the big projects. I planted hanging baskets and had a handy man come hang them on each side of the garage to give it some color. They are not in full bloom yet but I think they will look gorgeous when they do bloom.
I then cut out a little circle around the tree and planted white and pink petunias, recommended by the local garden center to put around trees. I am waiting for stone to be delivered for the
backyard garden and was thinking I might use any spares to border this circle at a later time.
Our entry way is sunken in giving a little hallway like space at the front of the house so I planted some flowers in a pot to match those in my hanging baskets. Creating a more welcoming look when people visit.
Next I took on the fence. It was dull grey and weathered and needed a lick of stain or two! This took me absolutely forever. It’s a big fence and unfortunately for me I got the inside which means I had poles and cross sections to paint all the way around. Only one side do I have the front panels which are easy to stain and its the shortest side. After four days of staining and two coats as that weathered wood was ever so thirsty it is done. It dried a lot darker than I expected but it’s already growing on me.
It was now time to tackle the
backyard garden, my nemesis. It is swampy, the grass is rolly and full of worm piles. I have hated staring out at it knowing it will take me weeks to do what I want to do with it. I am grateful for the space for the kids to run around in but at the same time its a mud pit so there isn’t much good space for them without sinking in and getting stuck.
So I decided to cut around the entire perimeter three foot at the sides and four foot at the back to get rid of the swampy bits that don’t see the sun enough to dry out. I am then going to cut half circles at each far corner and a half circle directly in the middle of the back fence to give it dimension. This is my plan anyways how it will turn out I don’t know. I have bought croft stone for the half circle sections which I will make two levels high and edging stone to match for the sides and in between the half circles. I did this to create different flower bed levels.
Thus far I have cut both sides out, three foot from the fence all the way across. I still have the back wall and the half circles to cut out but they are all measured and outlined out for me. It is harder to cut chunks of grass out then I ever thought. Great workout but I am stiff from the staining and digging. There is something to be said for the price the gardeners charge you it’s hard work.
Taking a break I decided to got to the garden center for a nosy at plants I might want to have in my
backyard garden. I need plants that won’t die easy, I have a black thumb, that won’t die in sun all day or die without sun all day. Many parts of my flower beds will get sun all day pounding down on it and others will only get it for a few hours. So I am researching and shopping around. It was like a new found shopping addiction when I left the garden center with these three beauties. Since I don’t know anything about gardening the names have already slipped my mind but I have nicknamed the green one Willow and the two red ones I know are red robins. I am in love with them. Never thought I would like choosing plants and flowers but I do. My momma will be so proud. I even came home with a gorgeous rhondodendron which I can’t wait to bloom and a lovely plant that I call fire flame but have no clue what it really is called. See I really have so much to learn. But nevertheless they are both beautiful and in their new homes in pots on my back patios.
There you have it phase one of my garden series. I can’t wait until it’s all done and I can begin to sit out back and enjoy the scene. Have any advice on what trees, shrubs and plants I should use? Any advice if it sounds like I am doing something not right I am all ears. It’s a learning process for me.