I have been mentioning our back garden for quite some time now and we have really been spending a lot of time there recently and to be honest if it is all done before our baby makes an appearance sometimes in July/August I will be very pleased.
Looking at this picture (taken by the estate agent last year) you might think I’m absolutely crazy and that there really isn’t that much that needs doing.
In reality estate agents are extremely good at taking photos which make rooms and now it seems even gardens appear a lot larger, tidier and lighter. It is also true that gardens look a lot better in June then they do in early spring. Let me point out a few areas that need a bit of attention.
Large conifer hedge
The hedge at the top of the garden consists of some pretty old conifers which are over 6 ft tall. They don’t look particularly pretty and block a lot of light coming into the garden. There are allotments on the other side of the conifers so privacy isn’t a huge issue either. Initially we’ve just taken 2 ft off but then decided to cut them completely and replant a new hedge.
Random hedge on the left
You can’t see properly on this photo but this hedge is a random mixture of different shrubs and trees. There is some privet, elderflower, box hedge, a lot of ivy and some forsythia. Only the ivy, box and privet remains green over the winter when the hedge is a lot more patchy.
Ivy in the apple tree
The poor apple tree is largely covered by ivy. We were lucky enough to taste some apples last year and as they were very good we’re really keen on keeping the tree alive. It does need a lot of pruning and mainly ivy removal as some ivy branches are actually thicker than the apple ones.
Again it is hard to tell but the garden is anything but level. There is quite a deep ridge in the middle so the plan is to dig the whole garden over and start again.
Old path and patio
The old path is bordering on dangerous at the moment with large gaps between individual slabs and I’ve managed to twist my ankle on it a couple of times already. We’re going to dig the slabs up and create a new patio and path. We’re going to move the patio to the top of the garden where the play house is on the photo. This spot gets the most light throughout the day and quite late into the evening.
You can just about see the ash tree in the top right hand corner. It grows pretty quickly and requires cutting a couple of times a year. It also means we can’t have a fence panel in the corner which with a little person on the way isn’t ideal. That’s why the tree needs to go.
This is the plan for now and I’m sure it will end up evolving as we work our way through it just like other projects we’ve done so far. At the moment we’re mainly cutting down hedges and ivy and I’ve included photos of the destruction in progress below. Sometimes I wish we never started but keep saying to myself that once it’s all done it will be a lot better garden for our expanding family.