Restoring the back border

I really should have taken a “before” photo of the back border.  It was horribly overgrown and full of stinging nettles.  This is the border next to the fence between us and our next door neighbours.  We had done nothing to it since we moved here, having concentrated on the vegetable beds.

The first thing we did was dig it over and pull out all the nettles and weeds, and trim back the existing flowering shrubs, then we decided to give the old fence a couple of coats of fence paint to cheer it up.


We had a lovely rhododenron bush on the corner by the utility room and we knew this would get trampled on when the men came to do the work on the extension so we dug it up and moved it into the border.


Neil dug a very deep hole for it and we put ericaceous compost in the bottom of the hole before planting the bush.


After that was put in I planted out several other plants that had been waiting in pots, such as our peonies and hydrangea, and then on the front edge I planted primroses and primulas that I had dug up from all round the garden, growing in odd places.  The border doesn’t look much at the moment but when these new plants all start to grow up and flower I am hoping it will look really good.


So now the back border is finished it’s back to the vegetable beds to do some more work.  I can see my first peas are coming up already and some of the potatoes, so time to plant some more seeds.

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  1. Nikitaland said

    Working in your yard is a lot of work! It looks so nice! We got 3 yards of garden soil delivered on Saturday and we spent Sunday dumping it into the garden. Monday, I woke up sore. LOL We can’t wait to get our plants into the garden already, but we have a freeze warning that might come in for us on Sunday, so we have to wait. It is getting closer to planting season! Yeah!

    • Sounds like you have been working hard in the garden too. We took advantage of some dry weather to make progress in the back but the weather has turned cold and windy again now, so don’t feel so much like going out there.

  2. I think your border looks great and I’m impressed at how you moved that large rhododendron. Great job! 🙂

  3. Reading about the plants you are putting along your border makes me smile, in Australia they are considered old-fashioned and cottage-garden plants, but still loved by many (including me) and planted in gardens everywhere. I think that the wave of British settlers brought all these lovely flowering plants and filled the suburbs with them and then after a couple of centuries people realised we could grow different plants here – including Australian natives. But nothing is as beautiful as a mature rhododendron in bloom – I’m glad you saved yours.

    • You are right we do plant cottage garden plants but that goes well with a house from 1760!! I love rhododendrons and peonies!!.

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