Regular followers will know that we recently changed what had been the Pink Garden into a new seating area, altering the flowerbed and planting another two birch trees to create a shady, secluded spot to enjoy a book and a cuppa in the heat of the day.
The massive (beautiful but hard work) hedge was removed.
And replaced with a fence.
The detritus left by the fencers was tidied as well as possible but the gravelled area just never looked neat.
The new trees were planted and Bumblebee and TMTC painted the new fence.
The Man That Can marked out the new shaped flowerbed and utilising all the bricks found under the soil over the time we've been here, made the red brick edging...
...and most of the plants were put back in.
Footings were dug out and the red bricks were also used for the new mini patio.
Now the job began to fix the issue with the litter among the gravel. Over three weekends, TMTC and I painstakingly riddled the stones over some tarpaulin, removing twigs, weeds and leaves and soil that had lain over the weed membrane from composted leaves etc.
Gauging by the buckets we used, we collected 50 litres of home made compost from the gravel. Talk about something for nothing!
A couple of cushions and a little table, and Mugwort's Retreat is ready for summer.