Thursday, 28 August 2014

Finished Bed

 
I realised this morning that I never got round to putting up pictures of the finished new bed after doing the 'Molehills' post.  Ooops .... sorry!!
 
After barrowing all the soil over from the soil pile near the raised veggie beds, and filling in what was a much larger dip than even we realised, I laid out the pots of plants that we were planting.  Some were bought specially, including the one on the far left which was from the Maenan Hall NGS open day ... there were plants on sale as well as coffee and cake!!  The others bought on our visit to Snowdonia Nurseries just up the road from us.
 
A few of them we already had and they were just waiting their turn for planting.
 
 
Once they were planted I gave them all a good watering and then Lovely Hubby set too barrowing lots of chippings over for me to act as a good layer of mulch. 

 
I think it sets the plants off really well too.
 
I do have a list of virtually all the plants, I took a clipboard out with me and made a note of the names as I was planting them ...... now I just have to find the clipboard ;-)
 
 
Hopefully this bed, which fills in what was a dangerous dip and gap near the road, will now keep Charley a little bit safer.
 
Do you find that wonky bit of edging bl**dy annoying ... or is it just me being completely OCD.
 
Sue xx

24 comments:

  1. Run out now and straighten it up woman for heavens sake!!! lol, looks lovely x

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  2. I think it looks fabulous but if it bothers you, you could always plant a trailing plant just above the wonky bit and then when it trails over the edge you won't be able to see it :-)

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    1. Brilliant idea, I'll go and nab a bit of Ivy from the woodland!! :-)

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  3. I would have to sort the wonky bit of fence, but that's just me.

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  4. Great way to fill a danger zone ! straighten that wonky bit !

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  5. You could say the wonky bit adds character! But, if it's going to bother you, straighten it!
    I was wondering if you have anything the other side to stop it all sliding down onto the road? i.e after a good downpour? Or did I miss that bit? Maybe something like a ? gambion structure with wire and rocks. (not sure how it's spelt!).
    It does look good and will look even better when mature. Well done you two!

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    1. There is a stone wall that comes to the top of the new level we have created that holds the land back from the road.

      We have been told that we must not touch any of the retaining walls alongside our property as they are under the jurisdiction of the Welsh Highways Agency, if anything collapses it is their responsibility to come and fix it, so we needed to find a quick fix for our problem without touching anything of the wall, as in our opinion it is not in brilliant condition.

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    2. Such a busy road too, at least the dogs will be safe.

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  6. Looks great and like its been there years! Good idea to lay out before planting, my local garden centre told me to do this........with my hanging basket, hopeless gardener I am! Xx

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  7. That looks fabulous, love the variety of plants you have planted as well. Yes that bit of wonky fencing would annoy me as well ;-)

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  8. Looking good.
    Keep an eye on that tree to the back left. Sycamore? I've got some of those and they're vigorous, it'll easily swamp out the new bed unless kept trimmed back.

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    1. The hedges have been there for years, luckily our mate the local farmer whose sheep graze in our paddocks will be along shortly to give them their yearly short back and sides. There have been some late nesters round here so hedge trimming is slightly overdue.

      I love it that the wildlife comes first.

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  9. Sorry to say, but I find this introduction of suburbia to the countryside underwhelming, and confirms my increasing disenchantment with this "oh so perfect blog".

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    1. You are very welcome to your opinion, but as we have 2 acres of completely natural woodland and a couple of paddocks that are mostly grass for grazing, having a little bit of manicured garden, especially one filling in a dangerous spot for our pets is IN MY OPINION perfectly acceptable.

      We have to have an area of grass around the house for our own use, and having two flower/plant beds that are there for specific reasons, (ie attracting and feeding beneficial insects including bees, and to protect our pets from a busy road) is surely in anyone's book completely justifiable!!

      This is not a 'oh so perfect blog' ... go and read elsewhere if that is what you are looking for, this is my day to day progress diary of us setting up 'our new life in the country' warts, planted beds, recipes and pictures of our gorgeous pets and all.

      I welcome your comments, usually, but this seems harsh and out of character for you :-(

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  10. It's lovely. And I should keep my mouth (keyboard?) closed, but in response to Mr. Bumfrey, sometimes you have to keep the countryside at bay. There's nothing like a good hedge or plant screen to separate us and our pets from the roadway. Country living is always a compromise between the truly rural, and access to modern conveniences.

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  11. You did a great job of picking the plants to put in this space, and any landscaping project is a challenge for sure. I like the idea of putting some trailing plant over the area, but you do need to get that straightened or it will bug you.

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  12. Just you Sue. Wouldn't bother me :) Once it has filled out a tad it will look smashing.

    jean x

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  13. Yes, that wonky bit would drive me nuts, I'd have to straighten it.

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  14. Very nice, but like you that wonky bit would drive me crazy. I like the ivy idea.

    God bless.

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  15. Oh dear perhaps someone got out of the wrong side of their bed this morning. Your garden, your blog and that is fine with me, and I am all for keeping the dogs safe, looking forward to more photos when that bed matures. Next time we are your way I must seek out that nursery, I was very good and only brought one plant home from my holiday, a blue Tradescantia from Betws-y-Coed Garden Nursery.

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  16. Hi Sue, I just wanted to pop in and say Hi - you're in the position we aim to be in within 5-7 years. We started a blog a few days ago and stumbled across yours - the title is what captured my attention as we're very similar! Ours will be no where near as interesting and funny, not to mention amazingly annotated, as yours however it is ours and we will enjoy every minute of updating it. I have gone right back to the beginning of your blog so hope to catch up to current day soon. Thank you for a truly inspiring and IN MY OPINION a perfect blog. Take Care, Tracy and co xx

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  17. That's looking lovely. The wonky bit would get to me too! The planting looks great though. Personally, my imagination is so wild, that I would have also put some wire across the gap "just in case". I never used to be like this so I must have caught it from my late M-in-law . . .

    You have worked SO HARD on your smallholding and I take my hat off to you both.

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  18. Haha, first thing I thought - wonder if you could straighten that edging!?

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