Garden as a gift

A while ago my parents decided to make Paulina and me a special surprise and decided to speed up our plan for the new home and fulfill our long-awaited dream.

Since we both moved out to live together many years ago we couldn’t find a place for ourselves, that place of our own. First we moved in to a small house with a crazy lady, we did our best to be polite but in the end it was impossible to live with her. In desperation we started looking for another place to rent but there was nothing on the market that was suitable. Luckily at the time my parents were forced to move out due to landlord selling the property just like we did 2 months ago. Fortunately for us they decided to rent a bigger house and offer us a room until we find something to rent. It was meant to last for no longer then 3 months, that’s what I hoped for but it turned  out to be 2 years. Living there was good and easy no complaints but it wasn’t our place, we were tired of living with other people. Almost two years ago we finally moved out to live on our own, we rushed to whole process but it was necessary (long story for another time). It was a small apartment nothing exciting but it was ours and oh my we felt free. We could do whatever we want whenever we want without disturbing others or being judged. Having a dog didn’t make living in apartment easy and when second dog came it was even harder. For a long while we were dreaming of a house instead of an apartment, with rooms that take more than two steps to walk through, a proper kitchen and mostly a big garden for the dogs to play and our pleasure. Following that dream I always wanted to have my own garden to have the joy of watching the things I plant bloom. Probably because all my family is into gardening some in their private gardens while the rest works as professional gardeners and seeing their work made me want to try it as well.

Things finally fell in place maybe not in perfect conditions but we made it work we finally have a big house for the two of us and large garden, everything was looking great. So we decided to give chase to that small dream and make our plain bald garden beautiful. We went shopping and by occasion picked up few flowers, two lovely Dahlias and few small bedding plants that looked very dead and mostly are. Eagerly we planted our first plants together and it looked great until it started raining and we realized that we planted the flowers in a spot where the water gathers the most and they drowned.

It was sad to see but we stayed positive and started planing further as two flowers on a 10 meter stretch just doesn’t look right. The extension was getting postponed due to lack of time and priorities, and in a way I’m glad it did. One evening my father called me asking if they can come visit and he might also get us something for the garden we were delighted for their visit and a third plant would be nice too.

This is where they surprised us and I was lost for words when I saw the unloading the car. Tools, soil, fences, fertilisers, plants, plants and more plants. I still wonder how they fit it all in that not so big car. Being blown away by supplies they brought we instantly got to work, that is my father and I were digging and doing all the hard work and the ladies were sipping wine and bossing us around which apparently is the natural order.

First we had to outline the area and get rid of grass and move around the soil to make it all level, and place the small wood fence, also lets face it the garden was ugly before. Please don’t mind me work clothes and caught in bad moment.20617131_1417328184971437_4738102803377022689_o

Then the fun began, stunned at the amount of flowers we turned to the ladies to plan out the layout and put them in trial positions before digging. 20615966_1417328324971423_8854705265228060167_o

Qucikly after that rain caught us so it was perfect time for dinner which Paulina made, chicken with pineapple, rice and some lovely sauce served inside a drilled out pineapple half. If you’d be interested in me posting food recipes let me know Paulina makes some lovely dishes.

Back to the garden it was time to put the flowers and a tree in the ground. The process was fairly swift and really enjoyable and unfortunately not much needs to be said about it so I listed the plants we have currently in our garden, if that wasn’t enough they bought us another small tree and a bush plant. Also I am very excited as they brought me a Gooseberry bush which I love eating unfortunately they are not as common in Ireland as in Poland. It also has to be kept in a bigger pot instead of ground as it can quickly invade a large portion of the garden, not that I would complain but it wouldn’t look as nice.

Currently we have 60+ and coming plants which are: Roses white and red, Pink lilies, Dahlias – different colours and types including dwarf,  few types of hydrangea, Cosmos Sonata and Bipimatus, Lobelia fan F1 scarlet and Lobelia bedding bush, Antirrhinum sonnet yellow and pink, Fuchsias, Aster mix, Leucanthemum Snow Lady, Clematis. For larger plants in bush/tree category we have: Salix – Flamingo pink tree, Choisya – Aztec Pearl, Shrubs – Snowball Tree and Gooseberry bush.

 

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Author: Bartek D

Starting my first blog Penumbra. Read the introduction in the beginning to find out whats it all about and who am I.

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