22 March 2017

Garden progress - part 2: the courtyard garden

Around the side of the guest house was an old, rickety lean-to, wrapped in slimy plastic, with a pile of junk in front of it.

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Inside was more junk, a wooden structure with a toilet in (!), and piles of gross old carpets. We cleared it out, removing two thirds of the lean-to (on the right) and leaving one third which would become my future greenhouse (on the left). The guest house extension was placed on the right - you can see how the concrete pad is framed out, ready for pouring. The green wrapped thing is the toilet, which would later be removed.

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By winter last year the extension was complete and the space for my greenhouse was sketched out, leaving a little space between the two that I decided would become a little garden. I call it the courtyard garden. But of course at that stage it looked nothing like a garden yet!

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When spring rolled around I set about clearing it and began planning the little garden I'd plant.

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(Oh look, greehouse progress! But that's another post...) I laid a little path of log slices, installed some penstemon and foxgloves plants that I'd bought, and planted out the seedlings I'd grown from seed: carnation, calendula, pansies, alyssum, cosmos, poppies, dahlias, teddy bear sunflowers, marigolds, and more.

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So exciting to see them grow!

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In only a few short weeks the plants had grown so much and there were flowers everywhere! I also made a sturdy bench from a railway sleeper.

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This is how the courtyard garden looked at the end of summer. Such a pretty little nook, and a beautiful view from inside the guest house - and a long way from where we started!!

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2 comments:

  1. So beautiful-Way to go!

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  2. I love the way this one filled in. I can't wait to see the green house tour.

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