I took the day off work today, primarily because I’ve been really busy at work recently and felt like a cheeky workday off, but also because I had a few deliveries: my new Nikon D3200 and several gardening items.
Everything I was expecting to be delivered was here by 8:30am, trying to make the most of the day off I naturally went straight back to bed; a well earned lie-in on a Wednesday was more-than welcome!
I woke up around lunch time and began unboxing my camera, putting the battery on charge in preparation for an afternoon walk around the garden. An hour and a half later the battery was fully charged, I experimented a bit with Manual mode on my camera in bed for a while, got dressed, and then headed outside.
Note: Those with a phobia of unruly gardens may want to stop reading here. You have been warned.
Front of the House
The hedges at the front of the house are extremely overgrown, having to slide through the front gate during the winter usually resulted in being soaked from the rain water on the leaves, and on one occasion almost being hit by a cyclist I couldn’t see coming down the street.
Front of the house from across the road.
The rest of the front hedge. Uneven and overgrown.
The garden behind the hedges is in an equally bad state, there’s quite a big strip of lawn here; during last summer I mowed it once – which may not sound like a lot, however at the time it was at least 3 foot high – cutting it right back down basically resulted in a straw carpet for the rest of the summer.
This small section of lawn may be a promising starting area.
The grass is in a pretty bad state – primarily uneven – and the amount of weeds growing throughout the paths will need to be addressed.
The path down the side of the house to the back garden is full of weeds, and will need tidying up as well:
Here’s where things just go to a whole new level of overgrown. I tried to combat this last summer (it was in a pretty bad state when I moved in, back in June of last year) but not to a good enough extent, obviously!
Yeah.. there are no words.
So for starters – broken fencing, dirty decking and an overgrown garden path… lets focus on one thing for a while whilst that sinks in.
We seem to have a vine problem which will need to be addressed, I’ve seen these all across the garden:
Tripped over this whilst walking into the house – war declared.
Death to creeping vines!
I tripped over this three times. THREE.
I’m not sure how best to address these, which may be an area for investigation. I definitely don’t want them growing back, that’s for sure! Right, back to the garden as a whole.
Back Garden: Redux
The below area might be a good spot for some flower beds, along the wall of the garage perhaps. The plants in this picture were massive last year, I think they need to go.
This small patch of lawn may be another promising practice area, it gets a nice amount of light, also.
To the back of the garden there are some awful weeds that need to be brought to heel, as my housemate phrased it “This corner has the worst weed to plant ratio.”:
Yeah.. this needs to go.
The very back is.. just a state.. There seems to be several paving slabs back here amongst dozens of weeds, hopefully I can do something good with this area.
The back of the garden has a lot of wasted space.
I’m intrigued by this chimney pot, I like how it looks, might have to do something with it and make it a feature:
It’s not clean and does have a hole in it, but there is always hope!
TODO: I need to get a picture of the left side of the garden.. I don’t know how I managed to miss that area, I think it was because of my run-in with the creeping vines.
The left side of the garden is dominated by three large, overgrown plants; primarily a rose bush that is a mess of branches and will need to be cut right back. This area is going to take a lot of work I think.
There is bamboo paneling on one of the fences, it’s a little dilapidated, but the ivy growing on them is rather nice.
Might try to keep this here if possible.
I think that covers the garden in general, not a lot going on with it at the moment.
So it begins here. I got a delivery today from a gardening company with the following gardening tools, these should tide me over for the foreseeable future as I don’t really want to pay for speciality tools that I may only use once or twice right now – so I’ve just gone for the staples of a gardening tool kit:
These should do me as far as small hand-tools go, I thought a kneeling pad would be a good idea.
I paid a little more to get brand name equipment, but the cheap stuff had terrible reviews so hopefully it will pay off in the long run.
This should help me combat the overgrown hedges.
Over the coming weekend I think my housemate and I are going to make a start, looking at the front garden first, so I’m sure I’ll be posting a new blog at the end of the weekend and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in!
All of the photos on this blog can be found in higher resolution on Flickr, here.