I took the picture above just after we had started working on the garden. It occurred to me that I should document the madness! ;-)
The garden was really overgrown when we moved in last summer, but we only cut things back a bit. Doing any real weeding in the flower bed was made difficult by the metal fence around it. And we knew that we wanted to rip everything out anyway, so no point in trying to make it pretty.
Oh and the broken bits of fence? Been there since one of the Christmas storms. ;-)
Several large stubborn roots were dug out and we found big stones and animal statues in among the plants. We even found a plastic plant pot that was dug down into the ground so all you could see was the rim. Weird, huh?
The fence was welded to the supports so we had to cut them off. At first using a hack saw, but then our neighbour lent us his angle grinder which made it a lot quicker!
Of course, when I say 'we' I really mean 'Tony' because he did most of the hard work. But I did my part too, making sure he had plenty of cups of tea and admiring his hard work profusely. ;-)
Atleast we have a parasol so we can sit out there in the shade and read a book or do a bit of embroidery.
There is a way to go yet before we have a pretty garden. The top few inches of soil will have to come out because it's so full of wood chips and roots and weeds and stones. More trips to the dump! Hopefully in the autumn we will start planting a few bits.
I have to admit it feels kinda dispiriting at the moment, looking at the garden. But hopefully in a year's time this will all be a distant memory when looking at our pretty garden.. :-)
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