Everyone that has some outdoors space seems to be getting out into the garden or to the allotment this week, I am no exception. Our garden budget this year is zero, but there's a lot I want to do, I'll probably have a fiver here and there to buy any essentials, but there will be no grand expenses.
Last year I focused on the shady bed and I'm really happy with how it looks now. I spent £20 on bark chippings from Aldi, and it was well worth it. Dan commented last week that he was impressed with what I achieved.
Very simple, looks nice year round, even if it doesn't photograph well! It should look better next year as things will have grown, and hopefully the hebe will have fully recovered from being scorched in the sun before I moved it to this position.
I love all those flowers!
I'm going to focus on just one area again this year, and this time it's our large, sunny area. It needs a revamp, and ideally I'd take everything out and redo it, but that seems totally overwhelming for a beginner like myself, so I'm focusing on a few tasks, like moving the alpines, and working from there. I'll be doing almost all of this on my own so I don't want to run out of steam! When we moved in this area was totally overgrown and the trees covered the whole area, including the path.
I need more height here, everything is quite low growing so I would like more impact, that probably won't happen this year though. We'll just have to see what things look like in the summer. At the moment it looks rusty.
This area is in front of the patio and will have nothing done with it this year. There are a couple of scraggy looking plants in there, and almost certainly some self seeding has happened as we had wild flowers in here last year. I'm just going to ignore it and deal with it next year. You can see from the colour of the stones at the bottom of the picture how the garden goes from deep shade to full sun!
I'm aiming to get out there for a minimum of 30 minutes a day as long as weather allows (it gets windy here), mainly for the vitamin D, but it's as good an excuse as any!