tger greenhaddock: A new Bed

Friday, September 08, 2006

A new Bed

During the last few days I have created a new flower bed which is all part of a crafty scheme to have less grass to mow. It took longer to complete than imagined and was quite knackering. Removing the turf did my back no favours. See the photo for the completed result. The plants are all placed reasonably far apart as they will all grow quite a bit. We planted three Aster, a Sage bush, a Caryopteris Clanonenis ‘Summer Sorbet’, and another which I have lost the name tag to. Already in place were a Buddleia davidii and a Jasmin bush. The prime purpose of this bed is to provide food for bees and butterflies late into the season.

After a months break I ventured back to the gym this week. It was hard work. It seems a lot easier to get out of shape than it does to get into shape. I need to workout more, but trying to find the time at the moment is a little difficult. I’ll put it on my to do list (Just like everything else!)

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Blogger Maribeth said...

As soon as the doctor says okay I go back to the gym. Sort of an odd statement because I haven't been to a gym since High School. So this will be a totally new experience! One I will regret for the first few weeks I'm sure! ;~)

September 08, 2006 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

So beautifully well done. It's been such a long time since I've seen anyone use mulch on a flowerbed. They look so naked without it, too. The local city park has huge beds of roses with yellow clods of dried dirt sitting at their bases, when some lovely cedar mulch would fill the whole thing in so nicely. Is this your lawn in the back with the tiny, framed trees? Looks like a lovely spot. Excellent. :)

September 08, 2006 10:46 PM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Have fun getting back into shape, Haddock. It definitely IS easier to get out of shape than the reverse ;-)

September 09, 2006 8:32 PM  
Blogger The Naked Nerd said...

I hate garden work. I just cut our hedges. They go almost all the way round our property, and they're about 2,20m high. I had to cut the sides and top. I'm still paying for it 3 days later. Good idea with the flower bed.

September 10, 2006 11:30 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Maribeth - I found the gym really hard work at first, but the benefits of being fitter are really worth it :)

Lisa - mulching with wood bark is the only way to go. It looks better, helps the ground retain moisture, and really helps cut down on the weeds. Thats our lawn to the rear. The trees are still really small as they were only planted last year - they should grow a bit eventually! :)

Canadianswiss - And getting out of shape is always so much fun! :)

Naked Nerd - Luckily our hedging is still really small and its slow growing, so hopefully the workload in the future will not be so great! :)

September 10, 2006 10:11 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

well - the garden looks incredible. I want one, one day...

And the gym - well I just started back in swimming.. I get hot fast! But I'm hanging in there... So get back into it! I know it will make you feel better at least. :-)

And thanks for stopping by, it's been a while for both of us (for me, I just miss Europe!)

September 11, 2006 2:55 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

A very creative way to reduce lawn mowing ;)

September 11, 2006 7:45 AM  
Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

Looks great! You are going to have to come to Italy some day and teach my black thumb how to be green! heheheheh!


September 11, 2006 12:44 PM  
Blogger christina said...

That looks fantastic and those plants will definitely attract lots of butterflies. Your garden is always so neat and tidy. Can you come over and do ours for us? :-)I've finally persuaded Mr. M to start spreading some bark mulch around. No idea why he was so against it, but we saw it in a lot of gardens on holiday and now he's convinced.

Must try to us "it was quite knackering" in a sentence today.

September 12, 2006 8:35 AM  
Blogger J said...

That doesn't look like a very comfy bed.

September 14, 2006 9:15 PM  
Blogger EuroTrippen said...

I hear you about the gym... I was all set to go back when everyone got sick. Now that we're recovered I don't have an excuse to put it off any longer, damn it!

September 15, 2006 3:58 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

I need help!! The German and I just bought a house and the gardens all need to be re-done. I refer to flowers as the "red and white ones." I think next year will be a LONG spring for us.

September 19, 2006 9:56 PM  

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