Posted: 15/10/2013 at 18:47
Thanks for all the kind comments everyone!
As for plants, that's where the real fun starts isn't it!
I have a couple of clematis in mind for the bed below the trellis and might try a semi-exotic fruit tree in the one by the door - in the existing bed there is already a peach which does well as the front of the house is South-facing. Lots of bulbs will be going in first (well, they will if the blummin' things ever arrive - still no sign of them from VM!) Also fancy a weeping cherry in the centre of the large bed.
The soil was bought from rolawn - half is their fruit and veg mix (which had a lot of what looked like very well rotted horse manure in it) and half is their border mix. As you say Verdun, prep is itally important - one thing I've learnt over the years about both DIY and gardening is that money and time spent on preparation always pays back far more thank you realise - a £10 plant in a £10 hole will do far better than a £20 plant plonked in an unprepared hole!