It's been 13 days since we bought this mahoosive 3-bed house and after waiting what felt like FOREVER to move in, I was major pumped to get cracking with work! Being such a big house with so much needing to be done, it was pretty overwhelming trying to decide where the best place was to begin. This also needed to be a pretty logistical decision - starting a room in the middle of the house that would be trampled through to renovate rooms on the other side at a later date would not be a good idea. Likewise, figuring out which rooms will need floorboards lifting for pipe/electric work in other rooms was also another issue. So, with all that mess to figure out, the garden seemed the best place to begin.
I posted a picture on instagram showing the garden as we bought it (I'm calling it the jungle garden). It was a little overgrown and wild to say the least, and with all this good weather we've been having (Hallelujah!) I was itching to get my spades out. After spending a month living at Grant's parents with their huge grassy garden, I realised how much the dogs loved the big open space and how restricted they were here by all the plants. So with that in mind, I was certain on having grass in this garden. I had always wanted grass in our last house, but it simply wasn't possible (at least not on a budget!) as the floor was concrete with drains running underneath. Unfortunately for the dogs, I still love my plants, so there's definitely going to be a border of some sort. And needless to say, a border and grass would just be pretty boring for my books, so I'm working on some ideas to beef-it-up.
In the meantime, I decided to embark on a jungle clean-up mission ready for not only my plans (when they come together) but also Autumn when sowing grass is best. Here's the progress so far..
This is the jungle as we bought the house.
The lady who lived here before actually left a shed-load (literally) of tools and other garden-y bits. How lucky are we?
I'm fairly sure this will be dismantled and gone at some point..
I don't know whether those tall plants are weeds or not, but they all had to go (I can't be dealing with that much maintenance!)
Next, I potted any small plants I thought I'd want to keep (but not in the positions they're currently in)
There's tons of these huge rose-bushes dotted around the garden, which I love, I only wish they also weren't in their current position.
So I used one of them as a 'test-plant' to move to the back of the garden into this brick border next to an existing rose-bush.
So far, not so good. Grants adamant it's just adjusting.. I think it's dying.
I also removed as much gravel as possible from this centre-piece in the garden. Those concrete slabs are coming out soon...
And I moved that plant in that centre-piece next to the big spikey plant (which bloody hurts!)
I also began removing the rock-bed bit only to discover it's concreted-bottomed. Bums.
And so far, this is how it looks currently, four days in.
Still a long way to go, I know. I need to figure out lots, but so far it resembles much more of a garden than a jungle. Clean-up success.