just in time for autumn

August 24, 2017 5:45am CST
I have spent my summer whipping the garden into shape. We've owned this house for twelve years and despite my best intentions the back garden has always been a mess. The previous owners had created a garden that was half decking {with a built-in pond} and half gravel. Oooh, nice! I thought. Low maintenance. We failed miserably with the pond and it became murky and yucky, a chaotic mix of pea-green sludge and an unpleasant aroma that wafted around the garden on hot days. And cool days. And wet days. The decking rotted. We added a lawn and the NHS kindly added a shed. But I knew when I broke up from work for the summer that *this* was the year I was going to get it done. I wanted to create my own little Garden of Eden. It took me the whole seven weeks {thanks, Great British summer rain!} and I found myself aching in places I didn't know existed, whilst sweating profusely and getting lightheaded at times, but it is done. It is done. I have emptied, weeded, sowed, painted, prettified, dug up, dug in, mulched, mowed, potted and pottered, found long-drowned gnomes, given homes to fairies, made some steps, found new uses for odd little objects ... The best thing is that it cost me barely nothing, except sweat, scratches and a few frustrated tears; if I didn't already own it, I bought it with vouchers and money earned on survey sites. Thank you, Survey Sites! It. Is. Done. But it isn't done ... I could have painted the arch. The decking is now protected but still rotten. I still need some garden furniture. But it is done for this year. And this morning I sat in my garden and enjoyed my breakfast and a nice cup of tea whilst listening to the sounds of birdies and wildlife {and some screeching machinery somewhere}. I even saved a buzzing bee who was caught in a web, getting to him just before the ginormous spider did. I hope he is kind to me in the future. I suspect the spider will fall on my head at the next available opportunity. I like this sense of achievement and the knowledge that the garden is now nice {and interesting} enough to have people round. Even if it is too late for this summer.
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• Preston, England
24 Aug 17
sounds very hard work but i'm sure it will look great once completed
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25 Aug 17
Oi, it looks great now! It just needs a bit more doing to it next year. :)
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• Preston, England
25 Aug 17
@Poppylicious as with any garden, or even house, it will always need some maintainance
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27 Aug 17
@arthurchappell I know. It's such a pain!
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@Fleura (7294)
• United Kingdom
24 Aug 17
That sound lovely, and creative and interesting and fun, can you show us some photos? I hope we will get a lovely autumn and even some fine sunny winter days when you can sit outside with your morning cuppa and enjoy it!
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25 Aug 17
I shall attempt to cobble some pictures together into a collage. One thing that bugs me about myLot is its desire to NOT let you show off more than one photo!
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@Fleura (7294)
• United Kingdom
26 Aug 17
@Poppylicious ~Yes it is annoying isn't it? I know I have managed to get around it in the past by putting together a montage in another program first, but it's a pain. At least you can add more pictures in your responses to comments.
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@MALUSE (44595)
• Uzbekistan
24 Aug 17
Congratulations and jubilations! Will there be a garden party to celebrate the event?
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24 Aug 17
No, but I may have a cocktail in the garden later. I shall celebrate my achievements on my lonesome!
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@dgobucks226 (14230)
24 Aug 17
The quote is from Louis Kahn from brainy quotes. Hope you like it, and I always get a sense of satisfaction from staying with a project until it is done
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25 Aug 17
I like it! I also like the notion that I'm an architect, albeit an amateur. :)
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@dgobucks226 (14230)
25 Aug 17
@Poppylicious Very good
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• United States
24 Aug 17
Sounds so much to do. In your lavish estate there my friend. Why not hire a Gardner? lol
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25 Aug 17
Lavish estate?! Lolz. I wish. I hate gardening, but I do enjoy the sense of satisfaction it gives me. A gardener would rob me of that. But would make my life easier. Hmmm ... swings and roundabouts!
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• United States
25 Aug 17
@m_audrey6788 (16976)
• Philippines
24 Aug 17
Wow..Too much work but in the end everything fades..Now, you can relax and enjoy your hard works success..Hmm..I think a grilling party is good..
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25 Aug 17
We need to buy a new barbecue, and some garden furniture ... the party will have to wait till the spring. But you're definitely right!
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• Philippines
25 Aug 17
@Poppylicious ..Oh nice..I`m sure it will be fun..Wish you a nice day
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@xFiacre (5694)
• Ireland
24 Aug 17
@poppylicious Well done you and may you have much enjoyment from it. I've given up on mine - every time I cut the grass it just grows back again.
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25 Aug 17
That's like my weeds. I pull them up and they regrow immediately in front of my eyes.