We’ve been in the new house and garden for almost 6 months and have begun work on the garden at last. When I blogged previously about the neglected garden we had taken on, we were only just beginning to realise the scale of the work required. Having spent a few months thinking, and seeing the bones of the garden more clearly as the foliage died down for the winter, we have taken the first steps in a renovation process. The garden is home to a lot of birds. Over the winter we have seen Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tits, Blackbirds, Chaffinch and Goldfinch, Robins, Dunnocks and Wood Pigeons on a regular basis. Less frequent visitors are a Green Woodpecker, tiny Goldcrest, and a female Blackcap. I’m hoping to get the big camera out and try to take some half-decent photos later on.
This is the part of the garden we’re working on first. Full of overgrown shrubs and old stumps, a massive Hebe, and behind that a dilapidated old shed. Just to the left of this picture is more huge Hebe, a couple of big, self-set Hypericum, a completely woody Senecio, a dead tree of unidentified type and a mass of tangled perennials. I can identify Acanthus, Solidago, Crocosmia and that devil spreader Japanese Anemone. So, quite a job. Time to call in some help.
And this is how it looks after the help has been and gone. The work was done by Sid Valley Tree Surgery who were sterling workers through two days of torrential rain and gale force winds.
A nice big area exposed and some laid out beds that we didn’t know were there. We will place a new shed in the old position but turned through 90 degrees and at the moment we are thinking that some of the old beds would make good veg plots. They’re in a good position, open and pretty much south-facing and no overhanging trees. Digging them over has started and we are finding an awful lot of old root fibres and some substantial roots. Whether they will be ready for planting for this season remains to be seen. At the moment Storm Ciara has us hunkered down inside.
This is the work for January, a bit late to the blog, so next time (end of Feb), there will be some progress to show you!