Six on Saturday – 16 March 2019

Yes, I know it’s Sunday but as ever I have failed to get my act together to do a post on Saturday – it is what it is. In any case Saturday was definitely not a gardening day with extreme winds and rainy showers but this was all right as I went to my monthly Embroiderer’s Guild meeting (yes I have a whole other hobby which is over on my other blog).

Sunday has been a very different day with lovely periods of sunshine although we have a few random hail showers, weirdly at the front of the house and not the back.  The above photo is of the front garden – for those new to the blog I dug up the front lawn about 3 years ago and planted up the whole space with a path running through the middle. The area above is the bit nearest the house and last year I had the driveway replaced and the path across the front of the house replaced with block paving; which transformed the front garden.

However, the area of the other side of the path (above) needs more work.  When I planted it up it was with a late summer feel with lots of asters but now I feel it needs to have a more year round vibe.  The border is quite deep so I think I will add a shrub or two, I have something that needs relocating from the back garden and I will reduce some of the late summer perennials and replace them with early summer perennials.

As the garden was looking so pretty in the Spring sunshine I thought I would show the middle border in the back garden which is filling out.  It’s full of Camassias which have established well and bulked up, possibly too much.  I’m planning on thinning them out and maybe moving a few to the front garden to give some late Spring interest.

But whilst I was pondering the plans for the front garden I thought I really should finish the dry stone wall I started the other week so at least I felt I had achieved something plus I have a few plants which would benefit from being planted to grow over the wall.  As you can see I managed to eek out the stone for the length of the border.  It is a little unstable in places and dips occasionally but it is a lot better than before and I am really chuffed with it (I just need the grass path to recover now!)

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. bcparkison says:

    There is never an end . Always something else we want to do .

  2. cavershamjj says:

    My front garden lawn has shrunk over the last couple of years and this year I am minded to get shot of what’s left completely. I have scribbled out a plan, something to do before spring gets too far into its stride…

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      You won’t regret it

  3. It takes a while for the grass to recover doesn’t it after the winter – with the wet comes the moss with ours then I spend all the months until the next winter trying to get rid of it. Your garden is lovely and will be even better with the changes you are planning…and a lady of many talents I am now following your craft blog that I didn’t know you had. Love the Hepburn top – my kind of style.

  4. The grass path will recover soon enough, and the wall is a nice bit of definition for the garden.

  5. sue evans says:

    Your wall building skills are very impressive! Any ideas on how to stop a new small bed flooding, I have added grit and compost but the last lot of heavy rain made it look like a pond!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      It sounds like the water has a problem draining away and you need to break up the soil base, there is often a sort of solid pan just under where we normally dig down to which might be causing a barrier to the water draining away.

  6. tonytomeo says:

    I know I am behind schedule, but when I saw your Six on Saturday, I thought I was farther behind than I thought I was.

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