This past week we have been digging and landscaping and making a mess and fixing. Basically we have been busy making an absolute mess at my place. It’s one of those messes you have to make to clean up a pre-existing mess. You know the ones that you never want to do because you know that the mess is about to get even bigger and more messy. I struggle with this kind of stuff. I like everything to be neat and ordered. But if there is a bit of a mess, well I really hate having to deal with it because it always means more mess. But I need to try and remember that the end result is going to be better and neater and then the mess, at least in that particular spot, will be dealt with. I’m like that with my cupboards too.
So, 3 years ago, when we first moved into our brand new little tin house with the pointy roof, I knew that some landscaping would be in order. I knew that I hadn’t had the driveway properly done and I knew that I would have to sort out the back section of my place. But time went on and on and on and my to do list got bigger and bigger until all of a sudden we’ve been living here for 3 years and it still hasn’t been done. Oh, and by now, the driveway had big gouges in it from the rain washing it away and became virtually unusable.
Thankfully, Pete is a doer and doesn’t enjoy procrastinating half as much as I do. He pushed me, in a good way, to deal with the mess once and for all. Bite the bullet stuff.
So I did.
My lovely friend has a partner who is a wiz on a bob cat so we enlisted his help to dig and scoop and make a huge big muddy mess of the back…and then fix it all up and make it all smooth and nice and level and useable. And then we got 3 truck loads of blue metal and spread it all around the place. We also built some retaining walls, a home for Mabel, some garden beds and edging out of rail way sleepers to match the rest of my garden. Pete has not stopped working. He worked on it all weekend and everyday after work. I helped a little bit and so did Lew and Josh but Pete was, hands down, the worker of the week. Oh, and Lige, the bob cat wiz, of course.
I’ll show you the process so far.
the start of the mess making
a hard working, handsome rugged guy who didn’t stop with the crow bar and shovel
I hesitate to show you my washing hanging on the line and the crappy little messy patch down there to the left but here it is (that messy patch is about to be sorted next)
then the blue metal arrived and needed to be spread
and then it all looked lovely!
The bank on the southern side of the house got some more topsoil and a new railway timber edging. I will be planting it all out ….finally!
I pulled out the silver birch that were on the top of the bank as they were struggling there. I moved them to the clothesline area where a fair bit of water runs. The top will be planted out in Manchurian pears (probably) and more purple prunus (some are already in place).
Can you see where I put the silver birch? Hopefully they’ll be happier there. The upright ornamental pears I plants on the top of the bank are doing OK.
Mabel’s new home. I’ll pop fruit trees up on the topside of her (I had to move a few as they were in the way of her home) and hopefully a pretty little French parterre garden in the front of her … box hedge, lavender, thyme, that sort of thing I’m thinking.
I put apples and box hedge on the western side of the house, in the new garden bed. I’ve always hated this end of the house because it was never finished. My gas delivery guy is already freaking out about me putting a garden bed around my gas bottles but they are so flipping ugly. What do you do?
So that’s the main part done and dusted.I’ve still got a lot of planting out to do. That’s the bit I really love. I’ve been all over the internet looking up more trees and roses and plants and I’m popping into a lovely and extremely generous, friend’s place on Friday to get some of her roses. i even dragged out my garden diary for this place which I noticed hadn’t been written in since June, 2014! But, I’m feeling like my gardening mojo is finally back. Let’s hope it stays. At least until the planting is finished and the mulch is all down.
So the main digging and landscaping and making a mess and fixing has finished. Now for the planting and prettying up. The good bit.