Saturday, 30 March 2019

Six Weeks In

The chaos arrives!

Six weeks ago, we moved.

Here's six weeks in my garden, on a Saturday.

1.  Layout.

Our new garden's rectangular, mostly lawn with narrow unkempt borders.  Having a Houdini dog, we were pleased to have escape-proof walls.

In theory, that is.  Mlle DoodleFace has already opened the back gate & gone walkabout.  I won't mention the one time we left the chain off the front door, as it's not in the garden.  Although she did pass through the front garden on her way to Oz.

There's no place like home, DoodleFace.  Remember that.

Anemones & golden rod rule the borders.

Lovely though those walls are, I can't abide a straight line.  My first job was walking the garden, finding sun & shade, then arranging, rearranging, re-rearranging plant positions.

Future shade garden w/a new trellis for my long suffering wisteria.

2.  No-dig gone rogue.

Our new landlord gave us carte blanche in the garden.  Unfortunately, digging up sod is beyond me these days.  Well, I want my corn patch, so enter stage left - no dig gardening with a vengeance.

Fox garden.

The beds are a lasagna of cardboard, sheep fleece (because I have tons of it), & compost.  I've previously found that, over one season, the dirt critturs lower the height of the bed, processing everything into soil.  A bit of edging & no one sees behind the curtain.

They ain't as perty as they will be, but those fleece petticoats bring me joy.

3.  Water.

Both our canines are uber sensitive to heat, & for a long time, we had ponds where we lived.  Latterly, the pooches've had to make do with a hideous dog pool.  I've tried putting it somewhere unobtrusive, but in truth, something that big & ugly doesn't fade into the background.

I've decided to embrace the beast & naturalise it by planting all around it, with a small opening for dog entry.

Embracing the water beast.

The bamboo shaft in the pool is meant to keep wildlife from drowning.  It must work, as I've never found any dead bodies floating in it, not even a precious bee.  Just some very lively frogs from time to time.  I've been mulling how to use the living wall concept to make the bamboo into a horizontal pond planter.

Stay tuned to see how successful that idea is.

4.  Tree stump garden.

In the middle of the lawn sits a tree stump surrounded by a pile of blocks.  A little investigation of the area uncovered a single circle of bricks with planting space in between them & the stump.  At the moment, it's destined to be a lavender, rose & thyme garden.  Since it'll be one of my last projects, that could change.

Stump garden.

5.  Painting.

The move's forced me to catch up with painting projects - tables & chairs & decking, o my!  Currently, the herb pallet has my attention.

Nearly ready.

6.  The vagaries of help.

Our previous neighbours had a handyman come every week, so when we needed some things dismantled for the move, we asked about him.  They gave a glowing report.

I thought those people liked me.  Suffice to say, if Purgatory still existed, I could've emptied the place of poor souls with my suffering.

Mr Handy'd wanted to get all his jobs done before we moved in.  Five weeks after the move, he finished his last project, our temporary deck.

Off kilter deck.

I'm not sure if you can tell from this photo, but our wall doesn't form a right angle there.  Rather, the corner's cut off, starting at the white planter & going to the 2nd pillar.  I'd envisioned the deck centred on that wall, but no.  Every time I look at the deck, I laugh.

Repainted plant table.

That's my Six - I won't say, 'for this week', as it could be another 6 before I return.

Now you, get yourself over to The Propagaor & see this SoS thing done properly.  Check his comments & you'll find links to all the other SoSers as well.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. You have great patience to start over again and again at the same time looking out for your lovely dogs and wildlife. Good luck with it all, I shall watch with great interest and respect.

    1. Thanks, Gill! Moving means gardening in many environments, plus meeting new gardening neighbours. I do look forward to our forever garden, though. Only a few more years until retirement!

  2. Nice to see you again and to read you again, Lora, after all these weeks. You have work in your garden but it's promising. I hope for you that everything will be finalized... before the next move ...

    1. Don't mention the M word!!! Thank you for you well wishes.

  3. I have always wanted a walled garden - so sheltered. It will be interesting to see how your designs work out over the year. Moving house is sooo stressful.

    1. Stressful, indeed! It'll be fun watching the ideas in my head either work or not work. It's amazing how much the things I've planted've grown already! Come on, summer!

  4. It is a beautiful wall! I found a drowned mouse or vole in my Boo's pool one morning. I felt terrible, still do. I keep a similar piece of lumber in like you do. It's in the dogs' way, why they have to live with it!
    What are your Doodles? I have a standard goldendoodle (Edward). He eats dirt and digs up bulbs for the bonemeal!

  5. I have a standard doodle & an ancient Wheatable (wheaten terrier mix). They don't mind the bamboo, but then, they 'hippo' the pool - submerge to cool off, then on to bigger'n better. My condolences for the loss of your vole. May it rest in peace (altho it seems to be haunting you).

  6. Welcome back and good luck with the new garden. Always a great experience to start afresh.

  7. Good to see you back. Always fancied a walled garden.Exciting.

    1. Thanks! As to the wall, yes, baby yes! I do love a walled garden myself.

  8. Haven’t seen you for such a long time and it’s nice to have you back. I take my hat off to you having all those projects planned in a garden that is not your own. The garden wall is rather handsome..will look great with your wisteria on it.

    1. Thanks, Jane. Gardening isn't work for me, just fun. My garden, the landlord's garden, doesn't matter. Gives me a place to be in that feels good. Love the wall & the wisteria will look good on it, but it's a bit young to bloom yet, so have to content myself w/the foliage.

  9. You are like the littlest hobo* with all your moving about! Do you get ants in your pants or something? I like your garden wall, I would love to have a wall to grow stuff up rather than our flaky fence. Lovely to have you back in the fold, as it were, hope to see you again soon.

    *frequently made me cry as a kid. Maybe tomorrow, I’ll want to settle down,
    Until tomorrow, I’ll just keep moving on.

    1. We move every few years due to work, but the last 2 moves've been because of the properties we were in. We didn't even unpack at the 'grow house' (where we just moved from) as was so bad. But I'm glad to be back at SoS & hope I'm able to keep up w/all you energetic gardeners & bloggers!

  10. Don't stay away long Lora - it's lovely to read what you get up to. I'm very interested to see how the lasagne thing pans out.

  11. Thanks, Katharine. I'm interested to see how this works on a large scale, as I've only used it on small sections. It requires topping up as the bed settles, so hopefully it's only a matter of maintenance.