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Garden ProjectCreated by Jane Jackson in Jane Jackson's Blog
Some of you will know that I am a gardener and that Marc and I maintain gardens for people in our community.
Several months ago our neighbour asked us to do a complete overhaul on her garden, for sale as a long term project.
The garden had been neglected for decades and had very large trees and overgrown shrubs, buy so the first thing was to have those removed, which we did. It made the garden open up and immediately become lighter.
We tackled the borders next,they were straight flowerbeds full of every weed you can possibly imagine, so it was a case of getting down on hands and knees removing each weed and root, hundreds and hundreds of them! It will be a continuing battle I fear.
We decided that the beds needed to have curves in them to lead the eye down and through remaining trees.
Then the fun bit, buying plants and shrubs to fill the now large borders. Lots of different textures and colours, evergreen and lots of perennials.
There are two sloping beds coming down from a patio area which we planted with lots of Lavenders, to give a lovely blue hue all over them, and the bees and butterflies found them at once.
At the bottom and the top of the garden we have put two gravel areas for seating and tables.
Right at the bottom of the garden we have built a vegetable patch. There are three square raised beds and one long one,surrounded by gravel and flagstones. They have a boundary of a picket fence and arch. Behind the raised beds are compost bins and against the garage a rain butt.
We have put trellis along the walls of the garage, where a beautiful white rambling rose, that for years has struggled skyward reaching for light can now scramble happily covering the wall.
It has been very hard work, but to stand back and to see the result and our neighbours delight is worth all the blood,sweat and tears!!!
Now all our neighbour has to do is look after it.