Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Home Improvements : The garden and garden wall

Whilst the windows were being fitted, we also had the builders in rebuilding the garden wall. 

The garden, at the moment, isn't particularly safe for the girls. As you will see from the photos, the patio has a sheer drop with steps leading down to the grass - safety obviously wasn't too much of a concern for whoever built it. The front layer of the wall had moved and there was a large crack going through it, as you can see.  The plan for the garden, to make it safe for the girls, is to put balustrades along the wall so that they can't fall over the side but before that could be done the wall needed rebuilding.

Here's a couple of before pictures which were taken on our very first visit to the house: 

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I wish I had a couple of better photos to show you just how bad it looked!

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And now look at it! What a difference! When we were first quoted for the work I couldn't believe how much it would be costing us but actually, having watched the builders hard at work and seeing the finished result, I completely understand. Our garden is a real suntrap and because of its location and the drop in the garden the foundations had to be dug by hand, with the soil and bricks being removed before the new wall could be started - the sweat was pouring off of them. 

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Some people have commented that the garden is quite small. The actual grassed area is small - and a funny shape to boot - but it suits us. We also have quite a large patio which gives us more than enough outside space. 

Whilst sharing pictures of the garden, I thought I'd share this one:

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Again, it was taken on our first visit and isn't taken at the best angle.  With the house having been empty for a couple of years it must have been a similar length of time since the grass had been cut.  Not only was it all overgrown but it was full of moss and was generally in poor condition and it has taken a fair amount of work to get it looking as it is now and to be honest we could probably do with doing some more to it.

As I think I have mentioned before, I was almost a little reluctant to do too much to the garden as there will be building work taking place on the side of the wall but with no start date or information forthcoming I wanted to do something. After all, any damage made by the building will have to be put right and if it comes to it, I can just dig the plants up temporarily. 

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We've kept a lot of the plants that were already there, even though we aren't entirely certain what some of them are.  I hate yuccas and would quite happily dig it up but D thinks to leave it so we have. For now.  Amongst those plants I have added lots of bulbs as well as some plants to add colour whilst we wait for the rest to bloom. I've planted lupins, gladioli, delphiniums, freesias, lilies, hydrangea and geraniums. The aim is 'country garden' and I'm hoping the borders will be packed with lots of bright flowers at differing heights.

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Our conservatory looks out over the garden but as it stands at the moment, its either too hot or too cold to use. We aren't even in the hottest days of summer yet and its already hitting 50 degrees in there so the long term plan is to brick most of it up. Once that is done, we are looking at ways of adding some shade and will probably do this by adding an awning we can pull out as needed.  In the meantime, we just need to get some nice garden toys for the girls to play with - we have a sandpit and I'm eyeing up playhouses and swings/slides. 

So there we have it. Our tiny but perfect for us garden.

1 comment

  1. That garden wall looks fantastic - great job done! x


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