Friday, 22 February 2013

Our Front Garden

When we moved to this house in 2009, the back garden looked like a building site and was a big project for us to deal with. I posted about it quite a bit over the following year or so. Here's an example.

Meanwhile, the front of the house was neglected and it certainly had no kerb appeal. The one redeeming feature was the ornamental cherry tree, though even that needed some tlc.

Eventually my husband started to lift some of the paving stones out there, and immediately hurt his back and had to stop. "Don't worry", he told me, "I'll get back to it." Three years later and I was in despair of ever getting the heavy work done so I could do some planting and make it look as though we cared about it. I had several times left messages for local gardeners and handymen  but never got a call back or managed to even speak to anyone about getting a quote.

Then  just over a week ago someone knocked on the door looking for that kind of work. First he pruned the  cherry tree into a neat shape. Then he took up the old paving stones and dug out the wild bit beyond them. He filled in the tiny pond which had already been drained and was just a hole in the ground. He levelled it all off, leaving a little of the wild stuff around the tree as I requested, and added a low concrete boundary. The final job was putting down a membrane and topping it with shale. And last Friday I was left with this.

I am over the moon. Yesterday I took time off to go out to a garden centre and buy some bamboo edging to go around the tree area and some primrose plants. Hubby is going to build a trough to go under the window and hide the unsightly cable. In the meantime, I really hope I can manage to get out there this weekend and put primroses in the wall and the pot. That will do for a start.



Julia Hones said...

What a beautiful tree! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Paola said...

So neat and pretty...and sunny!

Jean Knill said...

Yes Paola. The sun was shining and making shadows when I took the pics last Friday. It is neat now and hopefully, it will also soon be prettier.

Jean Knill said...

Thanks for your visit and comment, Julia.

aw said...

What a transformation, jean. No wonder you are so pleased. We had a cherry tree like that at out last house. One year it was in full glory when a freak storm blew all the blossom off and it looked as if we had pink snow all over the garden. They do make a cheerful splash of colour though.

Linda D said...

Hope you get some gardening weather to go with your new garden. I'm itching to get out and tidy up my little plot but we had snow again today. (But I can see lots of bulbs coming up out there.)

Jean Knill said...

Thank you for visits and comment, Ann and Linda. I did spend just long enough on Saturday to clear out one part of the wall and plant some primroses. But too many other jobs and a migraine on Sunday kept me indoors. And it is soooo cold.

Tyler Thursby said...

Those trees are absolutely beautiful! Are they seasonal? Been following your blog for awhile now, glad you keep it updated regularly! If you get a chance, would love for you to check my own budget travel blog sometime! :)

Jean Knill said...

Hi Tyler. Yes, that blossom is only with us for a short time in the spring. Then we have leafy branches until the autumn. Right now the tree is completely bare.
I've visited your blog but didn't find your name on any of the posts. Interesting though so I will follow.

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