A finishing touch to the garden! Doesn’t really make sense, gardening by its very nature can never really have what we may think of as finishing touches.
.So, what’s going on. Well back in February of this year we decided on a little garden project. The idea was to give what was generally a utility and storage area a make over.
The old greenhouse above was going free to anyone who was prepared to dismantle and take it away. Within a few days it was gone as can be seen by the picture below.
Early in the month of April with a suitable foundation in place, the major part of our new look area boasted the introduction of a small summer house.
The reluctance of Spring to arrive left most of the garden looking bleak. However, a couple of weeks down the line the garden in late April/May burst into bloom with abundance giving a Spring show far better than those years when the season arrived early.
On with the project, it was an inexpensive summer house and to be quite honest you get what you pay for.
We made a decision to improve it. First job was to fit a shingle roof, not something I felt confident enough to tackle on my own, however the roofing guy made a good job and the transformation meets with Myras high standards.
Next came the interior which had the appearance of a cheap shed.
Well enough cash had been spent on this construction, I decided to feek up the interior myself.
I insulated the interior and lined it with tongue in groove cladding , and also reinforced the floor with wood effect laminate which added much needed strength.
Finally completed and painted in one of the garden shades from cuprinol, This is one of their heritage colours (wild thyme )
June came in and the new area was taking shape, a proper wee sun trap and very sheltered.
A ton of pea gravel was delivered in forty plastic bags and placed in our front drive on a pallette. I think I lost about a half stone in weight lugging it from the front of the house to this area, which is very near the top end of the back garden.
The idea was to have this new part of the garden as a place that would change with the seasons using many pot plants.
Here below you see the area in July, We are extremely pleased with the result. Loads of foliage with Hostas and grasses, colour throughout the season from Lilies, Monarda, Echinacea, Rudbeckia and Roses. Splashes of vibrancy from tubs of Begonias and hanging baskets.
Come Spring the intention was to have it ablaze with colour from Daffs, Tulips, Iris and Primulas.
Here you see Myra relaxing with Purdee who has decided this was done for her benefit and stands mewing at the door until a servant allows her access.
Early August and the Trumpet Lilies are starting to bloom the fragrance is intoxicating in the warm summer sunshine which has been prolonged this year.
I leave you with a picture below of the main area of the back garden in early August.
Oh! I almost forgot, what’s all this about finishing touch to the garden. Well, it does very well have a double meaning, I can hardly bring myself about to say it, so here goes. Our house and much loved Aberdeen garden is up for sale.
Not only are we selling up we are actually moving to England, can you believe it, independance a possibility and we head south.
No worries, to be quite honest we are very excited and looking forward to be living in the same area as our eldest daughter, grandson and son in law.
I have no doubt that we will feel sad to leave, however it will be exciting creating a new garden, even though it will be smaller.
My online activity in the next few months will be minimal. I have every intention of continuing with my blog. I cant just drop my website address Aberdeen gardening but I am trying to get my head around it. First of all I thought I would drop the from bonnie scotland bit and add, (now coming to you from Cheshire,) it just seems silly. Frances from Island Threads suggestion seemed more sensible Aberdeen Gardening (relocated) Has a better feel to it but still not sure.