This is a photograph of my friends' garden. My friends are two elderly gentlemen (brothers) who live in the same street as us. In fact it's a similar view to the one we have. The pointed roof is the Methodist Chapel that we can see from our garden too.
They're unable to manage their garden now because of physical ailments that include arthritis, amongst other things. Previously, they kept the garden productive and beautiful, and I'd like to restore it for them. In the photograph, it may look like a wilderness but in amongst the weeds there are some pretty dog roses and various shrubs..... and who knows what other botanical surprises I might find!
There are two outcomes I am aiming for as I work on this garden. The first is that I want to make it an attractive place that my friends will enjoy relaxing in. The second is that Sooty, their cat, will need hidey-holes and mini jungles because as it is now, it is an absolute paradise for a hunting feline. I don't want to spoil it for her!
This garden will take me a while to put in order because I like to work manually. I dislike barging in with strimmers and rotovators. Although rotovators dislodge many weeds, many more are simply torn away, leaving the roots behind in the soil. To me, the only way to rid weeds from the garden is by constantly digging out the roots. And weedkiller is a definite no for me. I like to work thoroughly but kindly.
There was a heck of a lot of hard work put into our own garden but we were able to do it at our leisure. For Billy and Martin's garden, I'm setting myself a target of about six weeks so that by mid-August they will be able to enjoy their garden as the Summer tapers out into Autumn.
Billy and Martin are over the moon that their garden is being tackled. I have to admit that the pleasure is not one-sided. I still do some work in our own garden, but to be given the chance to create a new one from scratch is fantastic. My adrenaline is really kicking in and I probably wont sleep tonight thinking of all the ideas I can put into practice!