Sunday, 12 June 2016


How does that song go.. " What a difference a day makes.. twenty four little hours... "
And so it was here RAIN stopped play all morning until we decided to go down the local landscape centre and garden centre just to LOOK at the stones available..

By the time we returned the rain had stopped so it was back outside to carry on building the wall and filling it with earth etc.

We decided to add another row along the back to make it higher and just had enough pieces of broken paving to do so.

Last year we piles all the pieces of paving, earth, pots and other garden items here where the compost heap used to be.

Underneath this pile of plastic covering that white bag at the bottom contains a load of compost with some earth from when we tidied the garden for the open day. So just what we need to fill the new wider Alpine/Rockery bed.

A couple of hours later all the earth/compost/rubble and stones we had available is now in the bed!

Now we need to make the make the different levels but it's started raining again and it's time for lunch, so will we manage to get a little more done? or will we have to wait until next weekend?

Well after lunch we went to the car and....

Look what we 'found' some great big pieces of stone just right for someone making a rockery!! Okay Okay I know we said we'd do it for next to nothing but we don't actually have any great big lumps of stone laying round the garden, so we decided that we would buy a couple of stones so we could get an idea of how it all would look....

Then we saw that we'd only need around another six pieces of stone so went back and bought some more!

Then we worked away at putting the stones in place and filling the higher places with earth from the lowest place, so we are now almost finished apart from we now need more earth to fill the front bed of the Rockery.

We have filled and planed up the higher beds but still need some Alpine/Rockery grit to cover the earth.

Not bad , even if I do say so myself!

Just had enough time to take these photo's before the sound of thunder rumbling in the distance !But somethings missing?

The two mini gargoyles who have sat and watched the goings on from the old wall for about eight or nine years!

Even Milo came to investigate what was going on.

The edge of the new Alpine/Rockery wall seen from the patio..

Well we finished just as the heavens opened and it poured with rain , along with rumbles of thunder and the odd flash of lightening. I realised I'd not taken any close up photo's , so when the rain finally stopped although the thunder was still rolling around, I popped out and took the following photo's and although it was only 6.15pm it was quite dark so the flash went off.

You can see the back beds planted up and a couple with some Alpine grit covering them.

The large stone at the front will be set onto the earth once this front bed been filled with earth and grit.

 another view, I placed a few pots of Alpines along the back wall.

Where it meets the original lower Alpine bed.

So not quite finished, more earth needed , which we'll have to get by digging a trench we need in another part of the garden for a wall base, so seems the most sensible way to acquire it.Plus it means we may finally get round to laying the foundation for the wall! Then once the earths in, buy a few more Alpines and some more Alpine grit and we've finished!
Just have to work the week first!



  1. WOW!!!!!! I'm moving in.....I will make do with a corner of your studio, but I'm moving in so I can learn these sort of skillsfrom you and Paul!

    Congratulations to you both. This is an aazing weekend's-worth of work. IMAGINE what you'll do when the bank removes its tentacles from your life, Dee. You should invite a gardening magazne round to feature yours.

    1. You'd be most welcome but I have to warn you the beds in that studio are extremely small ;)
      I have to say it did go quite well due to team work, now just need some good weather to enable us to get the rest of the soil we need dug out and moved to finish the job.
      The downpour of rain did a great job of washing the stones which are now looking a lovely colour.

  2. What a nice rock garden you made!
    It's really interesting to look at the process you made it.

    1. Thank you. I love seeing how people have put things in the garden together, so think it nice to share how it's been made in ours. :)

  3. I know I'm reading out of order here so I've seen the finished result but it's also nice to see what you did to make that 'finished' result.
    It has brought back a lot of memories of me and Brian doing our garden all those years ago in Rochford, Essex. Maybe one day I'll put the photos on my blog, as I took quite a few of the stages we worked through.
    Well done you two!

    1. Yes Sharon you should share your garden photo's I love looking at what others have achieved in their gardens :) xx