Since moving into our new house we’ve made a few changes internally but I think the most noticeable changes are the ones that have happened outside. We loved the size of the garden when we were viewing this property and knew it would be perfect for the boys as they got older and wanted to run around.
The only problem was there was a huge shingle path down the middle of it with ornate edging and flower beds either side, trees upon trees coming out of the ground and yet more, huge, flowerbeds down the sides. Don’t get me wrong, it was all so, so pretty when the flowers were out and the sun was shining but actually it was the most impractical garden for us. Space was effectively divided and maintenance levels were high. I’m no gardener but I do love to get out and do a little bit when I can, but this would have been ridiculously overwhelming and far too much stress. So we decided to get rid of it all.
The next big challenge was to find a company who were up to it and could get most of the back garden sorted before Christmas because the front garden is a whole other post. Luckily Jamie’s parents knew some fantastic gardeners and they’ve been absolutely cracking on with it for the last few weeks and what a difference there is.
Our garden has seen everything from chainsaws to leaf blowers, like the ones you’ll find on SGS, to mini diggers, wood chippers, plant pots and trowels. The traffic on foot has been unreal and we’ve gotten rid of an enormous amount of concrete and moulded goods, 4 seater table included!
We’ve had to say goodbye to around six decent sized trees, endless amounts of plants and foliage but hello to a new and incredibly open space. Any wood that could be used as logs for the firewood will be seasoned over the next 12-18 months and will then be put in our log store and some of the plants have been taken to better homes so we’re recycling what we can and selling off what we can, although we did have a pretty good bonfire for 5th November!
I can only dream of what this will look like next year! We’ve got top soil and lawn seed going down to bring everything together and then we’ll be done until the Spring. We still have so much in our garden despite taking a good chunk out; a crab apple trees, a gorgeous old willow tree, three mature cedars (which we hope to build a treehouse around), space for a herb garden and space for a vegetable patch, a greenhouse, a beautiful holly tree that will come in handy over Christmas and that’s just naming a few!
I’ll keep you updated when we’ve done a bit more and I might even give you a tour of the garden once it’s a little less muddy!
*This is a collaborative post.