Monday, June 25, 2007

The Green Green Grass

This warm and wet (very) weather we've had over the last couple of months may not be what you'd call "Summery" but it's been perfect for getting the grass growing! We've spent weeks trying to tidy up the patch of ground at the bottom of our garden, the previous owners had cleared the overgrown shrubs from there, but left several big old stumps and the rest was just bare earth - apart from all the weeds - and looked awful.

Last year was too hot and dry to do anything except dig out the stumps, but this Spring it's been our main garden project. There's quite a rise from the house to the back boundary which really foreshortens the view - it looks quite a small patch from the house, but believe me, it's NOT!
After clearing the weeds we dug loads of the soil out to try and make it look better and flatter. Most of the soil went under the conifers at the back to make a raised area which I'll be planting up with some shrubs eventually - it'll look nicer than the tatty conifer trunks. It was too much of a job to do all in one go so we did sections at a time, dug out the extra soil, levelled it off and put grass seed down and this weather has helped get the job done, the grass looks pretty good now. There's still a patch to do, but there are lots of bluebells in that bit which I want to dig out and plant elsewhere so we'll probably do that part next year.
The picture at the top shows shows how it looked last summer, and this second one shows it now, but from the other side. There's a sort of vague plan to use that old brick base from a long gone greenhouse as a little veg bed - so a lot of the soil has been going in there too.

This is one of the cards I've just made for a commission, there's another one, but I'm saving that for tomorrow's blog. I love this Twirl set of Crate papers, those lemon, pink and lime colours are just gorgeous.
Other goodies used:
Prima Essentials "Lucid" flowers, the dotty one and the green one are also Prima
Ribbon si Maya Road plus some skinny ricrac
Brads and eyelets from the stash
Alphas QK "Studio" and "Olivia"


mum on the run said...

Beautiful card Kath!! Agree the PP's are goreous.

All the gardening sounds exhausting!! I'm definately not the green fingered type :)

Patsy Jackson said...

Beautiful card Kathy! Loving the colours and the design - the flower is fantastic!

Jo said...

Do you want to come and sort out our lawn, it has numerous bare patches, mainly in front of goal posts lol

Gorgeous card :)

jo xx

Rosie (Freycob) said...

My garden could do with a make over Kathy if you've nothing else to do! ;-)

Love that card - the sherbety colours are so feminine.

Beth said...

That card is gorgeous Kathy, well done lovely. Bootiful colours too. XX

Kaz said...

Ooo I love the card, such scrummy colours.

Well done on the garden, it looks good.

Leigh said...

oooooh Kathy your grass is looking good and that card is a stunner!!! :)

Kate said...

Love the dappled shady spot, quite jealous, would you swap for my concrete? Colours on the card go really well too.

Janine said...

thats a lot of work you have done on your wee section of earth. Its looking good though. Must be quite satisfying. Love that card tooo those colours are gorgeous.

Paula said...

Loving the garden pics. Our lawn has taken so well it needs mowing every 5 mins!