What’s up garden biatches? I see you’re back to hear me talk even more about my wood, bush and rear entrance. Sadly, I’m just going to talk about the final week of our garden landscaping project.
At the time of writing, the garden is 99.9% complete. The landscape gardeners have finished their work, the final invoice has been issued and I’m trying to come up with reasons to not fulfil the contract on the grounds of force majeure. The only outstanding thing is for the electrician to fit a new wall light which should be completed next week.
This week saw the finishing touches applied to the landscaping work – if you’re not up to date with our project, check out Days 1, 2, 3, 4 and Days 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – including fitting wires against the fences for climbers, finishing the balustrades, fitting the spot lights, completing the inside of the shed, laying the turf and planting some greenery.
As you’d expect, sod’s law means that we’ve been unable to make much use of the garden so far due to the weather. Toddler L, Dax and I were out there for a bit on Thursday (Day 13), but today was a write off as it’s pissed it down for most of the day.
Despite this, we’re so chuffed with the finished result. It looks so bloody awesome – if I do say so myself – and we have so much more usable space than we ever did. It also feels a much safer place for Toddler L to play, although we’re obviously going to have to keep an eye on her because of the steps.
So, without further ado, let me introduce you to our finished garden:
The first day of the week didn’t see *that* much progress. Only one of the landscape gardeners was on site and the rain was pretty unrelentless for most of the day. Despite this, the shed and stairs were painted black, a few of the boards on the top decking were replaced to form the basis of the planting area up there and the existing bricked area against the back wall was knocked down to make way for plants, bushes and a cherry blossom tree.
Tuesday saw further landscaping work done to the garden, but again it didn’t feel like loads had changed. The most visible change was the creation of balustrades on the steps and above the sedum roof which was achieved with galvanised wire. As part of this, the posts were also cut down and painted black. Although these wires aren’t fully toddler-proof, they should provide enough deterrent and we’ll obviously always have a watchful eye on her.
Work also began on fitting the four spotlights we were going to have around the garden – one was attached to the shed and one to the side of the stairs. These light will be connected to a plug socket in the shed and operated by a switch in the kitchen – we were thinking about a remote control, but this added additional cost which wasn’t critical.
Other stuff included the storage hatch on the benching area being fitted with hinges, the inside of the shed being boarded, our drainpipe being rerouted and the remaining ground area being prepared for turf. The end was in sight!
Wednesday was the last day of landscaping work and saw quite a visible change. Firstly, new turf was laid – although not the biggest area in the world, there is still enough room for Toddler L to play. Plus, we only live a short walk from parks and woods so the green space in the garden is a bonus.
We also had a few different plants and shrubs planted in the garden. Particularly in Summer, our garden is a proper sun trap so it’s a bit of a harsh environment for plants. In addition to the sedum roof for the shed, we have lavender on top decking, rose and passiflora climbers, grasses (Verbena bonariensis and calamagrostis karl foerster) in the bottom right corner, persicaria amplexicaulis and brachyglottis by the cherry blossom tree in the bottom left corner and box hedging by the kitchen. Our plant budget was limited, but these should give us colour in the garden with very little maintenance required.
A few other little touches included fitting the two additional spotlights – another on the shed to light the stairs and one on the side of the decking faced at the cherry blossom tree, and attaching some more wire for the planters. After jet washing the yellow balau decking, the job was done!
As mentioned, the job is 99.9% done. The electrician today fitted a plug sockets into the shed and will be back next week to replace our old light fitting with a better one. There’s also one or two little bits I need to do, like remove the satellite dish that we don’t use.
We’ll then switch our attention to making the garden that bit more homely with furniture, furnishings and accessories. I’m sure I’ll be writing a post in the not too distant future once we’ve figured out what we need and where to get it from!
I hope you’ve enjoyed following us on our garden landscaping journey – normal service will now resume![jetpack_subscription_form subscribe_text=”Like what you’ve read? Want more? Pop in your email to get all of the latest posts.”]