Starting to plant
Updated: 20:20 - 10/10/2002
We filled the pond with water, and to our delight a large frog took
up residence in it the very next day.
Mid April, and at last the bottom terrace was covered with the black
plastic, and ready for the bit I had been really looking forward to -
the planting. I had decided that it was better to do one terrace at
a time, as the top terrace needed a bit more soil to fill it up, and
so I could use the soil dug out of the lower terrace planting holes
to do this.
| The planting was actually one of the cheapest parts of the job, as I
already had quite a few plants in pots in the back garden that I
These included a hardy palm, (Chamaerops humilis), some lilies and
agapanthus, a cordyline, a yucca and a couple of phormiums. I did
splash out on two more small hardy palms at £19.99 each, a small
Witch hazel tree, (Hamamelis), at £9, and an even smaller Magnolia
Stellata at £10.
Most of the other plants, like the ornamental grasses, cost around
£1.20 each from the plant stall at Battle market.
Meanwhile we had finally decided to "finish" the garden with pebbles.
Initially I ordered three tonnes, which cost around £110 from a
builders merchant. This was enough to cover the bottom terrace, but
clearly I did not have enough left to cover the top terrace.
I finally ended up shifting four and a half tonnes of pebbles
single-handed! I think my back probably hurt as much as my husbands
did by the time I had finished.
Still, I did lose nearly half a stone in weight - that was a bonus!
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