IT has taken us two days, fuelled by the conspicuous consumption of Kit Kat and Picnic chocolate bars, but we have finished the first planting stage in our project to create a new garden at The Aged Parents’ home.
Yesterday, Arthur The Handy Gardener and I dug out holes and planted holly, Pyracantha and hawthorn to fill any gaps in the 100-year-old hedge that we pruned back so heavily in the summer.
Meanwhile, The Current Mrs Feeney was planting pink and white Escallonia along the decorative trellis fence at the side of the house.
Today we planted two types of Berberis – Darwinii and Julianae – on the lower part of the hedge, and placed Hypericum alongside the entrance steps, June berries across the front wall, and Guelder roses and flowering currants in new borders around the garage.
In total, we have dug and planted 110 bushes in two days. It was cold, and frequently wet. The hot shower that followed was very welcome. The beer that followed the shower, even more so.
The next stage of The Garden Project will be to re-lay the patio, and build two walls to divide the garden into three levels. The Current Mrs F has kindly said we can have a little break before that.