Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mulch madness!


On Saturday we purchased 3/4 of a cube (cubic metre) of composted bark mulch. Wow, that was a lot of mulch for $48!  I'm not a fan of pine bark, especially on cottagey gardens, but this is very fine in texture.
Firstly, I weeded every garden bed which took me a while as I'd had very little time to spend in the garden lately.


Above is the "before" and the "after" is below. The freesias blooming down the side of the driveway at the moment are so beautifully fragrant. The tall, pale blue ixias at the back will be out soon.



Above (before) and below (after) of the bed out the front where I have just planted my dahlias. That's garlic growing along the back. It is such a dry area so I'm hoping the mulch will help.


Before and after of my hydrangea bed. They're cuttings from last year and I'm excited to see flower buds appearing. Yes, I know I should really pick them off so the plant grows more but we'll just see...



Before and after of the new-ish bed out the back. The stock and spring bulbs are out and there's cornflowers, foxgloves and hollyhocks on the way. Excitement plus!



Before and after of the bottom part of the same bed as above. I'm trying to be patient while my new roses grow here. I can't wait to see them.


Phew, that was a lot of work! It now looks so neat and tidy but boy, did I have lots of sore muscles!
Look at these cute fellows that came home with me the other day. Such a beautiful pale blue with dark purple. Sweet!


Hope you all are having a nice week xx

15 comments:

  1. Well it looks pretty and i'm sure it will do a good job, but your mulch is expensive down there. Your last pic, of the blue and purple pansies, is divine.

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  2. Isn't mulching such a satisfying job! Your plants will be happier for it. x

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  3. It really does make it all look so well manicured and fresh. I think it will look beautiful when summer comes.

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  4. Your garden looks beautiful Sarah! I think the hydrangers are going to look stunning when they flower! Well done to you guys your garden is so lovely!!! Jxx

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  5. Hi all, Kaite, the mulch I chose was of course about double the price of all the rest on offer - I think due to the fine texture and composty feel. But then, who knows, maybe we were robbed blind!

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  6. Oh, Sarah, that's most impressive! Your efforts will definitely be worth it. I look forward to the day when we have our own garden and can plan projects like you have. J x

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  7. I'm very inspired by your gardening efforts Sarah. Can't wait to see what it all looks like in full bloom :)

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  8. Ah, gardening teaches us patience :) You got all sorts of lovely flowers out there! How exciting ;)

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  9. It looks very new now in your garden and fresh !!..you did a great job!! hugs for Molly.....love for you Ria....

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  10. It's all looking sooo pretty. I'm so jealous!

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  11. Hi Sarah, the garden look sfab, I love that mulch works instantly, like magic! Thanks for visiting and commenting the other day... even with the 'hores' bit! I'm still chuckling too, thanks for accidentally making my day a funny one!
    Flick

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  12. I am so impressed! It's looking real good and oh so summery. Good job!

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  13. looks pretty. greetings from Germany

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  14. The garden will look wonderful when it's fully matured. Very smart planting Miss Sarah..Rachaelxx

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  15. Everything always looks so much more lush and greener after a good mulch - I can't wait to see some photos of your hydrangeas flowering - my potted one is doing well so I'm glad to see it's survived its first year. Your garden is all looking so lovely as always - love the daisy edging along the fence.

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