So… This weekend we took on the huge and necessary task of taking up all the decking in the garden. It had been patched up by the previous owners, but was in a bit of a state. It was rotten in most places so was a little dangerous underfoot. As well as this, our garden retains a lot of damp due to it being walled on two sides, it stays shaded much of the time so the decking rarely has a chance to dry up fully and is always slippery.
I left the job in the capable hands of Andrew and my Dad… Mostly I was terrified about what we might find underneath the rotten old decking. In reality, it was just a couple of toads and a lot of muck and rubbish.
Now its up and most of the dirt is swept away, It might not be pretty but its given us a safer space to use whilst we plan the other big jobs in the yarden. The next stage is to work out wether to dig out the gravel to the right-hand side to level it all out or not…
There is no real rush at this stage, I’m just pleased I can walk in the garden without falling over.
Although we moved into our new home and inherited our ‘Yarden’ a few months ago now, we have only now started to think about how we want it to look and feel. With the house screaming out for attention, the garden was left to do it’s own thing for a long time, but the New Year has given us a kick up the backside to get cracking on our valuable outdoor space.
Back in the autumn however, we did spend a couple of hours at my new favourite place, Brackenwood Garden Centre, which is just down the road from us. Somewhere in between Ashton court and Pill/Ham Green. It is a cute little family ran garden centre with all kinds of plants for any garden, but my favourites by far were the ferns.
We purchased a couple of bits, including this beautiful little fern (Dicksonia antarctica) to help spruce up our sorry looking garden. It wasn’t until I had planted it up I realised it was actually a tree fern. Which can grow up to 6m in the right conditions… Not quite what I had in mind, and my first gardening mistake.
Skip forward to now, it looks like being uncovered over winter hasn’t done it any good, as expected, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I haven’t killed it. In the meantime, we will move onto fixing some of the bigger jobs in our yarden.
Ferns grow well in shaded, sheltered and humid environments, so are great plants for a walled or shaded garden.
Where to buy:
Plants and planter bought from Brackenwood Plant and Garden Centre
Meerkat figurine bought from Downham Home and Garden Store