I thought I would give an update on how the alterations are coming on in the gravel area at the back. This is work in progress, so there is still plenty more to do! A lot has been cleared out, by Neil, the benches have been given 1 coat of preservative and 3 coats of pale blue “Cool Breeze” by me. All the painting was done in between watching the Olympics, sometimes I was painting at 6am, sometimes quite late in the evening, it worked, I was able to watch all the events I was interested in, as well as getting all the painting done.
Before I started painting and before moving this bench out alongside the large terracotta pot, what a mess!
Old view of gravel garden.
Updated gravel area. The Hydrangea at the top left is under review, if it doesn’t grow better now that it has more light and room, then it will have to go. All the montbretia has now been dug out, by Neil, and I think it looks a lot better.
Shady corner of the gravel area.
The new tidy shady area, can’t wait to do some more interesting planting.
The old bench from by the back door.
Coat of primer applied.
Painting all finished, it stands out in the evening light.
Early morning sunshine.
The paler colour shows up so well in the shade of the arbour.
Before the makeover. The pot is in need of a good scrub.
The new look gravel area, The pot has had a good scrub and I hope you agree the area is much cleaner, brighter and more tidy.
Our daughter and grandsons came for a visit, I told her that only colour co-ordinated people could sit on my newly painted bench!
I have ordered large planters to go in front of the arbour and the plants to go in them. There are more old terracotta pots to be planted up, some for sun and some for shade. There will be so many pots in this area, I think in future I’ll have to call it the Pot garden!
What will I do next week when there is no painting to do and no Olympics to watch – oh yes- back to the weeding in the rest of the garden – silly me!