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Revitalising

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!

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  1. When I garden, I usually find that I get from one thing into another. People who have had a well tended garden for a while often have some stuff they would like to share/get rid off. They may have uprooted something they got tired off or they have dug up some bulbs because there are too many now. It would be one way to get some plants for free, but how to find those gardeners who have freebies to give away? Hm ...

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    1. That's a great idea, I'll mention it at the charity shop, I know there are quite a few keen gardeners there, thanks.

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  2. I look forward to seeing how you get on with your sunny bed. I don't have any really sunny parts in my garden, so it will be interesting to see what you do with yours.

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    1. Thanks. I cleared the alpines from a large area at the front, saving small clumps for in the pallet edging and some small pots. As with any decluttering, the remaining plants look lots better just for having some space around them.

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  3. Sometimes people are very willing to give plants away when they split them. I usually give away lily bulbs and the parts of day lilies when I split them.

    Good work on the shade garden.

    God bless.

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    1. Thanks Jackie. I'm going to put the word out at the charity shop, maybe someone will have a few spares.

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  4. One year I spent about 15-30 mins a day in the garden and by the middle of the summer it looked amazing. I just tided up and planted a few seeds. And yours will too.
    Carolx

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    1. Thank you, that's heartening to hear. After hearing that it would be the best day of the week, I spent a couple of hours out there yesterday, I'm feeling more positive about it already.

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