Six years ago we moved into our forever house and we have just finally finished making over our garden. We first started with this makeover three years ago and have I think we have accomplished quite a bit.
Because this makeover was rather big, I have split it into two posts. This first post shows the changes to one side of the garden and next week, in the second post, I will show all the rest.
One of our ‘must haves’ when we were picking our ‘forever home’ was that it needed to have a garden that had the sun for most of the day, and it was big enough for us all to grow into. We found our lovely house and the garden ticked all the boxes – it faces pretty much south and it had a lot of space for us to work with.
This is how it looked when we first moved in:
We lived with it like this for about three years. This gave us more than enough time to work out how we used the garden and what we wanted from it going forward. We decided we wanted to expand the patio by the house, get rid of the little patio area at the bottom of the garden and add a decking area where the last of the sun hits so we had somewhere to eat out in the evening.
I’ll show the decking in the second post but below are pictures which show some serious landscaping work that took place. We didn’t do this ourselves, we got a local landscaping firm in to do it. Our skills certainly didn’t stretch this far:
When the work was all finished, with the help of my mum (as I am not that green fingered) we planted trees, shrubs and plants in the bottom bed. It then stayed like this, patio completed, for the next three years!
This now brings us to May this year when my hubby and I decided we wanted to get it finished. We didn’t have a lot of money so we did this last bit on our own. This included removing all the odds and ends in the side bed (which took a good couple of days as it was thick and full of random stones).
After clearing the space and seeing how many rocks we had we then decided to repurpose them and make a small rockery. I also got my upcycling hat on and sanded down and repainted the old patio table we had been given, but more about this table in the next post.
So, to the final reveal! Below are pictures of what it looks like now:
We are so happy with how it has turned out. We now have a delightful space to spend time in and we have all been using the garden so much more.
Below is a list of the materials we used and what we had to buy:
- Membrane – £12 per roll. We used one roll for the whole of this bed (purchased at Otter Nurseries)
- Rockery stones – repurposed from the tidied up bed
- White sparkly stones – We found these by chance at The Range – 4 bags for £15. We used 12 bags for this bed.
- Purple slate – Again from the The Range – 3 bags for £18.
- Easter Island Head – an anniversary present from me to the hubby (it reminded me of him after a few red wines and me after a bottle of Prosecco!)
- Plants – 1 plant, 4 grasses & 12 rockery plants = £70 (again from Otter Nurseries)
- Plum Spider Swing – This was our birthday present to both the girls. Cost about £170 in April 2016.
So apart from the swing this part of the garden cost us just under £140. We chipped away at this over a number of weeks as we couldn’t give it all the time in one go, but if we added all the hours up it would have taken us one full weekend.
I think you will agree that our garden has now been transformed, it really makes me smile when we spend time in it. Please come back next week where I will be sharing the second part of the makeover – the decking, the upcycled table and our new gorgeous (but reasonable) rattan furniture.
Lets get organised – and chill out in the garden!