Thursday, 23 May 2013

doing the garden

We have finally been having some Spring weather lately, for which I am truly grateful... although a little bit of warmth wouldn't hurt, weather gods, if you're listening?

Anyway, the children have been playing out, the washing has been on the line, and it's been fabulous.  The only problem is our new-house-garden.  Do all new house gardens suck?  Ours is grassy, which apparently is a bonus.  It was turfed shortly before we moved in, and the grass is doing well.  It's also not a bad size.  But it is just grass, and fence, oh, and a beech hedge at the front.

So I already told you about our playhouse going in.  The roof is now fixed on that, and it's looking awesome.  Many thanks to Kenny for that.  We also have plans to make the back garden more useful.  At the moment it's a slope, but we're hoping to get somewhere to sit out and eat, drink and be merry.  Something that looks a little bit like this one by 3D Garden Design.  We're just waiting to get some quotes for doing that.  I hope it doesn't take too long.  Can anyone recommend any landscape gardeners in the Largs area?

The playhouse, picnics and climbing plants...
we're not sure if they're going to climb

Little flowers under the Beech hedge in the front
While we're waiting we've been having picnics and planting a few things to make the place look better.  We've planted climbing plants against the back fence (although the ground is so boggy at the top of the hill (we do not know why water is fighting gravity in our garden), we're not sure if they'll live), and little flowers under the wee hedge at the front.  We're waiting to hear from the builders if there's going to be something done about the drainage, because it's a problem for lots of us.  I want to do more, but I don't really know where to start... maybe with landscape gardeners, but I've been thinking it might be nice to get a tree for the front garden - just a little one, with pretty colours.  Any ideas?  Also maybe plant some stuff around the edge of the garden to give it some definition   Basically I'm a bit thick when it comes to gardening.  Have you got any tips or ideas?  And any suggestions about getting landscape gardeners to get back to us?  I'm sure it's going to be roasting next month, and we need to get set up for outside breakfasts!  You don't think so eh?  

Sigh.  Maybe we should all move to France.

While you're advising me, can you tell me what to do about the monoblock at the front?  The builders say it is a kind that doesn't need sharp sand, but if that's the case how do we avoid getting stuff growing out of it?