Happy Friday: Garden Revamp 2010!


Oh, man, were we left with some ugly crap in our garden. You can see a couple of examples here – please note the utterly hideous crazy paving. UGH.

We are currently trying to make the garden a place we can actually use, instead of looking out of the window and shuddering in horror. Mike and our professional helper Steve spent the other weekend removing the decaying decking and jungle of unattractive plants. The plan was to get rid of the crazy paving with pickaxes and sledgehammers, but we discovered the concrete underneath was too thick for that. Aaargghh!! Honestly, what people were thinking in the 80s I just don’t know: “Oh let’s get rid of that horrid nasty grass that’s kind to kiddie’s knees AND the environment and cover it up with a couple of feet of rock hard concrete. That will look splendid!”

Anyway, this weekend the paving will be vanquished with a PNEUMATIC DRILL (ohpleasegodletitwork) and topsoil will be put down in readiness for some turf. Never having owned a garden before, Mike and I are a bit clueless so my vision is to have lots of pots with green/flowery stuff in, rather than flowerbeds. Here are a few pictures I’ve found for inspiration:

Japanese Maples in pots (source)

Azaleas (source)

Hostas (source


Lots of herbs (source) – I love this idea of using a hanging shoe holder!


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