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Well a lot has happened during the colder months this year. First we lost several old fence panels in bad winds before Christmas. We have a retaining wall all around our garden and it had become unstable at the back which had compromised the fence that was built into it. We decided to hold off getting it replaced until the worst of the weather was over. Then in the new year mum came to visit and before I knew it we were lifting all the uneven patio slabs slabs and selling them. The landscapers finished at the end of last week and we are super happy with the results. We are going to focus on getting the bed under the kitchen window planted up into a herb garden first and then we will deal with the bed against the fence.

The front garden has been more than happy doing its own thing. We have had a lot of white daffodils come up which have been beautiful but sadly no more than a handful of the tulips have come up in the boarder. These are my favourites so it is very disappointing. At least the ones I planted in the pot have come through. I’ve never had an issue with tulips before so I’m not really sure what I will do for next year. Everything else seems very happy especially the clematis avalanche which we are going to get trellis to support it and many other climbers against the front and back today. We’ve never put up trellis before so wish us luck!

I don’t know hwy these photos are upside down etc. On my computer they are all the right way up!

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The clematis has the right name! It's packed with flowers☺
The pics are wonky because your computer is auto-rotating them but not saving the rotation info in the photo file. If you use a free photo app & save them with a new name that should fix it

22 Apr, 2019


Thought for a moment you had moved to Australia, Rachel!! :O)

Yes, poor old Dorset had some strong winds so you have my sympathy. We lost a copper beech we planted many, many years ago. Our neighbours benefited as they have a log burner.

The white daffodils are striking and obviously like that spot and I must say your lawns look green and lush!

22 Apr, 2019


Nice blog Rach! :)

22 Apr, 2019


I do like those raised beds . . . lovely planting opportunity. Have you discovered what type of soil you have yet? If you’re on Dorset clay, you could use the raised beds for acid-lovers like Azaleas and Pieris. Not that you were asking for suggestions Lol!

22 Apr, 2019


You're making progress! Lifting those slabs must have been very hard work - congrats to you and Mum!
Giving priority to a herb garden - great, like your thinking!

22 Apr, 2019


Sheila, it is clay. Its exactly like the soil here. I was not expecting that, I thought it would be chalky! But there are rhodies and magnolias everywhere! Its like ‘little Scotland’!

23 Apr, 2019

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