New Year Goals


Christmas and New Year seem forever ago now. The lovely long lie-ins, the cheesy Christmas music, the copious amounts of turkey, chocolate and fizz, playing board games and wearing ridiculous jumpers and head wear.
Oh yes, very much a long distant memory now.

Since the end of the festivities, I have tried to spend most of my time out of work in the great outdoors, inhaling the clean fresh air that I deprived myself of whilst lazing around the house for a few days.

Last weekend, I started on the development on my brand new flower bed in the front garden. When we moved into our property last year, we decided to have some overgrown and partially dead shrubs removed from a large patch in the front. Not only was this unsightly but it was a dangerous obstruction to our view when we attempted to reverse out of the driveway.

After 9 long hours of heavy, hard work (not by me unfortunately), the large and dilapidated looking framework had been removed - roots and all! Unfortunately my muscles are the size of grapes and it probably would have taken me 3 weeks to do a job that took a day and so I regretfully had to pass on this one. Otherwise, I am normally keen to get stuck into anything that needs doing. 

However, after looking at an empty mud patch for the past 4 months, I have pulled up my sleeves and designed my front garden to within an inch of its life. I was embracing the post Christmas motivation with an array of tools and gloves, complete with a bright yellow raincoat and fluffy grey hat. Needless to say, the hat wasn't on for too long as I started to get warmer and warmer.

So since this picture, I have dug out all remaining smaller roots, removed debris and weeds, and cultivated the muddy mound. I have three large bags of compost in the boot of my car, ready to be mixed in and dug over.

This image makes the site look small, however in reality it is really rather large. The perimeter area has been raked and I am currently undecided as to whether I should grass seed it or add some pebbles and stone for pots. Worried, that my pots may go walkabouts, I think I will opt for the grass seed.

We have purchased some wooden sleepers, to create an almost 'raised bed' appearance and I have some membrane and bark chips to add to the effect for when it is warm enough for me to put some grasses and low maintenance perennials into the ground. I am still currently undecided on my colour scheme but I am thinking blue and orange?

What do you think Haylofters?

Salvia nemerosa Bumbleblue

Crocosmia Meteore

Carex Feather Falls 
I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
I would also love to hear about your New Year goals in the garden!

Whatever you want to achieve, Good Luck and let me know how you get on!

Happy New year again, I hope 2019 is a healthy, happy and prosperous one for you.


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