Thursday, 8 May 2014

A path too.........

I am making great strides this year in having a neat & tidy garden. Oh what the camera doesn't tell you!

We ordered a ton bag of pinky coloured gravel to top up the path around the veg beds, we will be ordering more as we will be extending the patio too. This also means I need a new patio table & it will need to be a heavy thing as it can be quite blustery in the back garden.

I digress, I think the gravel is called Staffordshire pink & it really is rather lovely. The paths were originally topped with slate chippings but they only sell large chunky pieces now & I wasn't keen. A bonus with the new gravel is it matches the brick edgings rather well.
The lovely Mike made a start the other day & then hit a snag! He couldn't find the weed proof membrane he bought a while back, both rolls of it, gone! No matter he thought I shall buy some more. There was another snag, the three places he tried on Bank Holiday Monday had sold out. They also wouldn't have any in until Wednesday, so off Mike went yesterday & picked some up.


So hopefully by the weekend the bottom paths should look like the top ones, not that I'm holding out much hope. He also has to fit a new rotary line too!

Enjoy your day xx

ps -
My sisters puppy 'Mitzy' in my garden yesterday morning! The little horror had found a small pot with a Kale seedling in & promptly ran off with it. I need to keep my eyes peeled with this one.

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  1. Oh she's adorable, she reminds me of a little Ewok! your gravel is pretty as well x

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    1. She is a cutie yes & that is a good description of her. I'm pleased with how it tones in with the brick edging.

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  2. Look very nice, I do like defined paths and when the ground is wet its lovely to be able to wonder around without trailing through mud, those rolls of membrane will turn up as soon as you have finished.

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    1. Thank you, it makes a lovely scrunching sound. They will & are probably staring us in the face now.

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  3. Looking great. Neatly defined paths can make such a difference and the gravel suits it well. I agree with Dawn though - the membrane will turn up just as you finish!

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    1. Thank you I know it will, it is just so frustrating though!

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  4. Awww, just look at that mischievous little face, such a cutie. The paths will look great once they're finished, no more treading mud around the house when you come in from the garden.

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    1. It's her saving grace Jo & her little puppy mouth when she yawns! Yes they will & stop the weeds.

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  5. The paths look good. As for Mitzy...! Flighty xx

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    1. Thank you, I'm really pleased with them. Mitzy is still a little horror.

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  6. Oh dear Jo there must be something in the name your sister has chosen and it's nice to know there is someone as cute as this little bundle of fluff to share my name with although mine has an i at the end not a y. My mum was a fan of South Pacific and by the time she got to me having had two daughters already she thought she would get a boy on the third go but no out I popped so instead of Michael which was her chosen name had I been a boy I got Mitzi after the actress Mitzi Gaynor in South Pacific. All that said garden is looking lovely and will be fantastic once finished. I think gardens themselves are a WIP just when you think you have got it all finished you find something else needs to be done. We have similar windy problems here in the fens. We have one of those rattan sets with a glass top and that seems to stay in one spot.

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    1. That's lovely how you got your name, Sue was adamant her puppy would be called Mitzy before she even got her. It will I'm looking forward to relaxing in it in a couple of months time. The wind can be a pain at times but it's the gusts that really affect us.

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  7. The paths will look lovely, and the little doggie is adorable :-)

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    1. Yes they will, I can't wait until they are completed. Isn't she, it's her saving grace!

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    1. I think that is her natural expression, it suits her well as she is a handful.

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  9. I absolutely love the 'scrunch' sound a pebble pathway makes!
    Jane x

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    1. It is a wonderful sound, it is like walking on a shingle beach.

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  10. So, is that mischievous little pup going to be around in 2 weeks?! I actually hated my dog as a puppy, his absolute cuteness saved his skin many times I'm sure! The gravel walkways look so neat & orderly ... nice choice with the pink colour. We don't have paths around the lawn, but I've been adding some 'bark nuggets' to the gardens, and I really like the look of dark brown bark covering the dirt. Each year I add a bit more. It doesn't seem to disintegrate like other mulch-type covers. I've been thinking of adding some paths with flat stones here and there through the lawn, but we'll see ($$). Wendy x

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    1. Just a couple of days each week, thankfully. I have bark down by the raspberries & I do like the look of it. That's the beauty of a small plot I tell myself. You can keep the cost down & the pink gravel was the cheaper option.

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  11. Lovely update thanks for sharing paths look great

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  12. I think that is a “you can’t have this” look on that sweet puppies face. I like that gravel and it is so nice to get things tidy.

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    1. I think you are right, each time I tried to grab it, she ran off! It is a lovely shade.

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  13. The paths look great, so much better than walking on the bare earth or trying to keep grass growing between the beds. Did you manage to rescue the seedling from puppy, or was it lost by the time you got there! They do love doing these sort of things when they are puppies don't they! xx

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    1. Thank you, it is better yes. We had slate & some paving slabs at the front. The side was left is we couldn't find anyone selling the smaller slate chippings. I'm glad I picked the gravel now. No it was an old one from last year which she found behind a pear tree, the kids enjoyed seeing her run off with it.

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  14. Well it's all looking very lovely (I do keep saying that, don't I!!) a proper kitchen garden. The pink gravel is a very pretty and useful addition - I assume it will make life tricky for any slugs to go a-wandering!

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    1. I keep on saying lovely but then I like to think that everything is. It looks beautiful when it is wet, it really glistens. I do hope so, wouldn't that be a bonus!

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  15. How wonderful to have a man to help out with the garden, I'm very envious! That doggie is still the cutest thing. Of course, it's not my kale plant she's run off with, but still...

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    1. I was only allowed to lay the bark!! She is beautiful isn't she, it was an old plant from last year so she was allowed to get away with it this time.

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  16. Ah your pink paths are looking gorgeous Jo - reminding me of the drive up to a friend's home when I was a youngster and I too (like a previous follower) love the scrunch sound! Little Mitzy is toooooo cute - I so love that mischievous look and can tell she's going to take a lot of 'keeping up with'!!!! Joy x

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    1. Thank you, I'm ever so pleased with how they have blended in. She is a cutie but yes a handful!

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  17. That's an adorable dog! Pink paths are good.

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    1. She's lovely isn't she! I love my pink paths, they remind me of shingle beaches when I was younger.

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    1. Thank you Endah, I'm really pleased with how they blend in with the brickwork.

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  19. Ooh it looks really lovely Jo! We are going to do the same thing on our veg plot (when we get round to it) but we should have done it earlier as the weeds are now rife! We got our membrane from the pound shop, I'll let you know what it's like xxx

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    1. Thank you, it took us ages to agree on what to go for after finding no one sells small slate chippings loose any more. We found some in Asda of all places so he is going to double it up & lay a really thick layer of gravel on top. That should stop any weeds!

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  20. It looks really tidied up, and the dog is soo cute! :)

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    1. Yes, I'm pleased with it, much neater. She is a lovely little thing.

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  21. The paths look great!! hope you manage to get them finished this weekend. Mitzi is so cute...bet you can't stay mad for long!!

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    1. We have some membrane now so hopefully if the weather lays off for a bit. Your right, it helps her being at the cute puppy stage.

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  22. That is going to look enviably immaculate, unlike my shaggy dandelion-infested grass paths!! Who knew puppies like kale, he must be a really health-conscious dog!!

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