Monday, 27 April 2009

Being up front

I'm going to be honest and tell you that the very front part of our garden has been a bit of a disgrace for the last few years. Our front garden is divided by the drive that runs diagonally through it and the land slopes away from the house. The section between the house and the drive is fine but the section down to the road is totally neglected, probably because we never see it from the house and we have no cause to walk by because after one more house on each side of the road its a dead end, a cul de sac in fact. We sort of ran out of ideas about what to do with this area, stuck in some trees and shrubs then let things get out of hand. Once someone came to the house and expressed great surprise that we had such a lovely back garden, giving me the definite message that the front arrangement was not that of an avid gardener, still proves I'm not a show off, the opposite of 'all fur coat and no knickers' I suppose.
Well things have changed, I've been working away over the last week and then at the weekend Mr FF joined me and we've made great progress at the front. All the weeds, mainly grass, have been removed and the new rhododendrons have been planted along with a few cuttings I had in stock. I shall put the daffodils that were in pots on the patio out there soon, plus maybe some primulas I can split and various bits of ground cover. Surprisingly it is quite a nice area of the garden, looking back up to the house and though I don't suppose we shall ever spend much time there it does look colourful from the road, so the postie might appreciate it at least. Today it rained which stopped me finishing off, there's just a bit more weeding to do, but the soil turned very dark accentuating the plants, polishing their leaves and watering in the new ones. Mr FF and I have spent much of today moaning gently as we move about, it was hard work and we ache but in the way you don't mind too much because you've achieved something.


  1. Hope you're recovering well from the aches and pains? We don't have a front garden, so I don't have to worry about that, which is a relief. I imagine that having a front garden is a bit of a pain, you just want to spend all your time in the private, lived in area, don't you. Well done anyway, i imagine you have a huge sense of achievement getting that done!
    Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

  2. That looks amazing - you must have worked so hard to get it looking so good.

    It's not just postie that will like it, you might find neighbours will meander past and appreciate it too.

    Now I have an urge to sort out my terrible front garden : )

  3. Oh it does look good.

    Well Done.

  4. You have been working hard! Your garden is looking very pretty. I love a 'natural' looking garden.

  5. All that effort has certainly paid off - your garden looks great. Now please can I borrow you two?

  6. These gorgeous pictures made me feel so much in England. I almost felt the smell of the cold air.
    Please, keep posting pictures of your garden.


  7. Lovely lovey photographs. I'm just beging to tackle our urban garden. it has never ever been touched, which is both exciting and terrifing at the same time. Hope you kepp posting pictures of your little bit of Yorkshire!