Monday, 12 September 2022

Plans coming together

 We've made a start on transforming the back garden into a flower/fruit garden (we have 3 apple trees, 2 pears and a plum which are obviously all staying put).  The first of the raised beds was cleared of dying veg yesterday, and the plants I bought in the garden centre sale a couple of weeks ago put in there.

This morning we've been to town where I bought 3 nets of Spring bulbs - mixed daffs/narcissi, mixed purple tulips and some lavender irises, they'll all be going in a couple of the raised beds as well.  Over the next couple of weeks I shall be looking out for more flowering perennial shrubs to go in the next bed.  I've decided that we'll only plant up 2 of the 10 beds this year - it's just too much to expect husband to do all of them, it's too much work for him (and too expensive to do them all at once).  So we're just doing the 2 nearest the house and clearly visible from the back windows to start with.  Husband can then clear the remaining beds at his leisure over the autumn/winter period.  

Another thing we're going to do is to fence off the bottom left corner of the garden - husband accumulates tons of junk (well, it's junk to me!)....bits of wood, polystyrene boxes, tons of plastic plant pots (he never throws any away), old watering cans and tools, etc, which clutter up the garden.  Well, while he's deciding what (if anything) to do with it all, it can all go behind the fenced off bit, so at least it's not an eyesore and I don't have to look at it!  He's got a long piece of metal grid, the sort of thing that concrete gets poured into for a floor I think - I've no idea where he got it from (several of our neighbours give him junk they no longer want - saves them having to take it to the tip!! 😒) or what he intended to do with it, if anything, but it's been leaning up against the fence for literally months and months, if not years.  It's about 10' long by about 4' wide, so stood up on its side with posts (he's got plenty of them) at each end, and some cheap stretchy trellis, it'll make a good almost free fence - and I'll have climbing plants like honeysuckle or clematis growing over it so it'll look nice as well as hiding all husband's junk.

It seems incredible that it's Spring bulb planting time already, this year has absolutely flown by.  Only another 7 weeks until the end of caravan season for this year.....although I'm not expecting to be staying at the van until the season ends on 31 October - going by last year, it's too cold at night, the days are too short and there's almost nobody else there by that time.  We've been home for the last 10 days or so, we had several things that necessitated us being home, as there is this week also - I've got my diabetic eye screening this afternoon, Betty has her grooming appointment tomorrow and a vet's appointment on Wednesday.  Husband is planning on doing something involving the brakes on the car on Thursday, and he's going out for his monthly brunch with his mate this week too I think.  We're going back to the van this coming weekend, for a week, our lovely van neighbours C&J are planning on being there too.


  1. Your garden plans sound interesting and doable. Reducing the workload and prettying up the view has got to be good! Hope the diet is still working its magic for you. xx

  2. What is it with husbands and acquiring bits (and big pieces) of 'it'll come in handy one day' rubbish. I was so pleased that when we moved Alan left ALL of his behind.


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