Friday, 25 July 2008

Photostory Friday - Garden of Eden?

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek


Since Adam was driven from Eden
Mankind has been counting the cost
And that's why we love to have gardens
That mirror the beauty we lost

This is the story of Working Mum's attempts to have a little bit of Eden ............

Working Mum bought a house and inherited a very overgrown and unloved garden. The lawn was mostly moss, weeds and a weird black fungus that provoked allergic reactions in children. The bottom of the garden was ten feet of overgrown shrubs and trees that had seeded there themselves (mostly sycamore). Last summer she had the whole lot cleared, which revealed this:



Working Mum was not depressed, she set about trying to revive the lawn with lots of treatements, forking over, sanding, etc. She had new fencing put in and spent hours painting it 'Red Cedar'. Her husband created a play area for daughter on the left hand side, laying flags, buying a playhouse, assembling a swing and laying membrane and bark over the whole area.

She then had this:


Over Christmas Working Mum dreamed of a fabulous stone patio in the other corner. She studied catalogues, magazines and gardening books. She designed a beautiful, tranquil area to sit and contemplate. To have barbecues with friends and to sit in the evening sun drinking Pimms.

(Well, I can dream!)

Finally the patio man has finished laying the stone and Working Mum now has this:


There is still a way to go to create her little bit of Eden, but I think you can safely say that she is getting there!

All she needs now is sunshine...............

............ and Pimms!

19 comments:

Claire Sutton said...

Is it all stone or do I detect some pebbles/gravelly like substance to the right hand side?

Only reason why I'm asking is that I have meeting on Monday planned with our paving man and need some inspiration!

PS Looks lovely by the way and the lawn is looking much better too!

scrappysue said...

it's so great you have the before and after shots! it looks awesome!!! my PSF is up too

Maggie May said...

Well you are well on the way to your garden of Eden! I love the patio!

Sass E-mum said...

What a strong right arm you must have after painting all those panels!

You deserve that Pimms.

gigi said...

YEA!!! Finally the patio man has finished laying the stone! It looks wonderful! Here's wishing you SUNSHINE and ROSES!!!

Head Gaggler said...

Wow, great job. Looks like a really nice patio.

Alexandria said...

Beautiful pictures! Want to come here and turn my backyard into a piece of Eden?

A Confused Take That Fan said...

Well done Working Mum. Looks fab. I will send a bit of sunshine to you so you can enjoy your lovely new patio
x

Tara@From Dawn Till Rusk said...

Very very nice. Children's area, grown up area and a run around and play like a loon area. What more could you ask for?

April said...

Wow you have worked hard! Your yard looks great. :-)

Lehners in France said...

Loved the photos, gardens are a long term project and yours looks to be doing so well. Where are you putting the spa to enjoy your Pimms in? Yes long term, plan ahead. Debs x

cheshire wife said...

Our patio is being relaid next week. Any tips will be gratefully received.

Chris Osborne said...

Good luck with you garden. Those are great places.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

I love that you have the process in these photos..... looking good! :)

Jennifer said...

WOW that all looks awesome - good for you, lots of work but it's paid off...

Cecily R said...

Oh, that is BEAUTIFUL! I love that you took pictures of each stage of your gorgeous garden. Its lovely.

Great PSF!!!

Suzysoo said...

You know what a sucker I am for before and after pics.

I hope the sun is always shining in your lovely garden!

Reluctant Housewife said...

Very nice!

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Wonderful progress and great that you have the pictures at each stage. M xx