Posts Tagged ‘the_front’

Garage Doors Finally Painted

Garage Doors

All the constant August rain has been my fault.  At the beginning of the month we started work on painting the garage doors, a job that I thought would take a couple of days.  One month later we finally finished!  Having been unable to do anything due to the rain it took so much longer and looking a bit of a state in between.  Each time I thought about working on it, it rained.  Each time I did work on it, it rained.    Even today it managed a couple of spots of rain in an otherwise fine day as soon as I opened the paint tin.


Work starts on garage door

Garage Door

You get used to looking at the same thing every day and it is only when you look at old photos you notice how much something has changed.   I have not noticed over the years how bad the garage door in the front garden has started to look and so before the end of summer we have started on sorting it out.  Tonight, just an hour’s work, with helpers, to scrap off the loose bits of paint.

Pulling out grass


A long long term project all this, to tart up the side at the front.   It started a number of years ago to turn what was really just long grass and weeds at the side of the driveway into something a bit more appealing.  I notice a lot of people down our road have just concreted over it to extend the width of the drive way but I have never wanted to do that.  It is a thin bit of garden but it can be used all the same.   We have rhubarb and raspberries down here, plus various wild flower plants from seed.   The other night I spent a bit of time and reclaimed another stretch, leaving just a couple of metres left to do.  I might for a change this year put sunflowers down here.

The other night I used the red watering can with weed killer mixed in the water to give all the weeds growing up through the gaps on the driveway a good watering.  Today I used the piece and quiet of England’s final appearance in the World Cup to sit outside pulling up all the dead weeds from the gaps in the driveway.   It reminded me of Sundays from years ago when shops used to be shut and the roads quiet.   It took me a couple of hours to get the weeds out and I gave it all another dose of weed killer afterwards.   The final result is a driveway that now seems a lot wider and certainly looks better.

One more evening at some time, and the last couple of metres at the side will be weeded and ready for planting I am sure

More Flowers




It seems amazing sometimes that from a bare garden in the middle of winter all this is hiding away under the soil ready to burst out in the summer!

Flowers flowers flowers


The whole garden is full of daisies, big ones, small ones, ones yet to appear!

Berries in the front garden


Wild Strawberries

Hidden behind the planks of wood (a future project… one day) are the wild strawberries and the tayberry bush.   The strawberries are a bit of a pain and why oh why would I plant fruit that I cannot eat!   They look a mess in the winter and they try to grow all over the place, but for a short period of time during the year their white flowers and bright red fruits look quite nice and inviting.

The tayberry on the other side is a success.  The bush cost just pennies and has taken a couple of years to give us our first fruit.

Ladybirds in the Front Garden

We sowed meadow and wild flower seed in the front garden a number of years ago and ever since we get a mainly different display of wildflowers each year. That must be the best 99p that we paid for the seeds ever! This year along with the flowers we seem to have millions of ladybirds, find a plant and you are sure to see a ladybird on it.