They certainly make mowing easier and the border doesn't "creep" as there's no edging to be done.
The path to the right is also flush to the lawn. I do run down it with a strimmer as I like a nice clean edge.
At the moment I'm mowing about three times a week. I feed mine with Wilco's lawn food. it's dirt cheap.
I do have my failures. Those photos are four years old.
The almond tree in the centre bed, died, it happens sometimes with grafted trees, we replaced it with this Salix. The azaleas and rhodos are trying to encroach onto the lawn now, but I'm fighting them back!
This azalea was in the reduced to clear bin on a stall on Altrincham market over twenty years ago. I think my wife paid 99p for it. It was in a 4" pot and it had a split stem. So she put some Sellotape round it and we planted it out in the front garden.
Over the years I've layered it. It must spread now to over 20ft. There's a couple of quite sizeable bits of it in the back garden too.
I smiled at the only 90ft! Ours is 20ft! I have just invested in an acer and will take on board your instructions for training them, In fact I was going to ask you that very question. Yours look beautiful. The one I got is appropriately, for me, named Shiraz! Quite reasonable I thought for
We don't serve much tea. But you're welcome to a Peroni, a Budweiser or a choc ice from the little fridge or freezer in the tea house.
There's a lot in our 90ft. A 26ft garage, a 15' X 15' patio, a 12' X 9' pool, a shed, a second smaller patio and the tea house.
Doesn't leave a lot of room.
We're fortunate that we are on the inside of a "U" shaped crescent so the house behind ours, is 180ft away. The houses were built in 1965 and were "dear" at £2,250 as they were well made, there's no stud partition walls. We didn't buy ours until 1972.
No way would these 100 similar semis have been built this way now,.
"It's always done us." Don't know how we managed with three kids in it, there's only just room for two of us now.
It's easy enough to do yourself. I did mine, I'm not a "bricky," my job was walking around a big store all day in a sharp suit and highly polished shoes. Principally engaged in chatting to the staff, smoothing down a few feathers that I'd made others ruffle. Oh! and I did the budgets.
Anyway, you'll need a bit of hardcore some fine mix concrete and some sand and cement mortar.
I wouldn't use bricks I'd use block pavers.
Cut the edge you want to build to, with a sharp edging tool. go down about six or seven inches and make trough about three or four inches wider than the pavers.
Lay a bit of hard core in the bottom of the trough.
Then some fine mix concrete two or three inches in depth.
Then lay your pavers hard up against the edge of the trough. Tamping them down into the concrete mix, I used the end of a lump hammer.
Use a straight edge or a spirit level, lay it across at least three pavers to get them level.
Then the following day point them up with the mortar, creating a slope up on the garden side.
You can buy all the materials in pre-pack form from Travis Perkins or the like. It's also where I got the pavers.
There you go. I laid all these in a couple of days not working long hours.
I prefer to have "bendy" boarders, it makes the garden look longer.
It certainly cuts down on mowing.
This was still "raw" as I'd only recently done the job, but they weather in nicely.
I thought this was amusing even though I said it myself, but it had my partners in fits.
It might appeal to those of "a certain age."
Four of us were playing this morning and on one green it was pretty slick.
Putting out was made more difficult as the hole was on a bit of a slope.
Made worse as there was a bit of a "dome" around the hole. This is sometimes caused when a green keeper cuts a new hole. There's a plate around the tool which they stand on when they withdraw the auger, sometimes they don't press down hard enough and as the auger comes out an area of around six inches around the hole becomes slightly raised, not enough to notice but enough to make a slow moving put divert slightly as it reaches the hole.
Anyway we all made a mess of this one, all of us three putting.
As we walked off the green I said, "It would have been easier getting a ball bearing in Mickey Mouse's left ear."
The weight isn't the problem, what is the problem with sleepers is that they will eventually rot in a garden. Because of the amount of water they will be exposed to over time.
When used for decades under railway lines they are surrounded by ballast which is designed to be quick draining. I'd put a course of loose bricks under them or possibly a bit of hardcore and some fine mix concrete, either way you'd be able to level it off before laying the sleepers..
We have two bird feeders hanging from the pergola outside the lounge French windows. The perches are too small for magpies, but the finches etc., won't come if they hear magpies about.
We have a family of dunnocks that nest in our big conifer and spend time under the azaleas to the side of the patio. They are completely impenetrable from above they are packed so close, but plenty of room under the canopy. We put a small bowl of food under there with a cover to keep it dry. They've been coming there for years, probably the offspring of the original birds.
The blackbirds are always around, you hear them on every garden YouTube video I've ever made.
They bathe either in the birdbath, or the hedgehog's water dish, several times a day.
The cards she makes for the birthdays of family and friends always reflect their interests, mine tend to be an odd mixture, golf, jukeboxes and saxophones!
We're a family of "projects," this is one our son had. a few years ago. He did most of the work himself with the help of his partner, she made the curtains, (not seen in these early photos 2008, nor the TV, hub caps and Pioneer stereo).
It came from Utah, imported from Germany in 1967, so left hand drive and no rust.
His partner's brother in-law has a body shop so they did the restoration there. All the modifications, like the reclining seats he removed and got it back to basics, (apart from the new leather upholstery with memory foam interiors).
They've been all over Europe in it every summer holiday, even Switzerland.
His partner's tiny, she can't drive it as her feet won't reach the pedals!
I've been very impressed by what I've seen on this thread.
I like to think I'm pretty good at garden design and hard landscaping. But my wife is even more talented.
She's been into decoupage card making and costume jewellery making for years
This is just a small selection of what she makes, bracelets,necklaces, ear rings and pendants.
She has endless patience, she'll make something, decide it's not quite right, take it to pieces and start again. A process which could take a few hours, but she was the same when knitting for the kids. The activity helps her with her MS.
My contribution, is buying the jewellery boxes, lots of them!
Well thank you Riley! You've certainly organised it well. I, in contrast, am metered (I live in France) and am very careful about water usage. This year I have not yet had to water the garden thanks to the continual deluge we have had since January (thank you El Nino) and everything has doubled in size over the spring. Who knows - perhaps I won't even need this leaky pipe this year!
On a koi keeping message board, four years ago I started a thread called "Koi's Law." to list all the "Sod's law" problems that beset contributors. Since then, over a hundred people have so far posted about major and minor calamities which have occurred to them and there's been over 11,000 hits.
When I installed my pop-up sprinklers it then didn't stop raining enough for me to need them, for months!