You might remember that I reviewed a product available from Homebase called garden on a roll. As far as the basic idea goes, they will supply you with all the plants you need to create a lovely side border, and you don't have to worry about anything except deciding how sunny your little patch of land is and how you want it to look. They will provide the plants and a biodegradable template; you will need to dig holes, place the coordinating plants in the coordinating holes, and have a finished product—an instant side border.
Since we spent that fateful, back-breaking three-day weekend in August of the previous year giving the entire thing massive spruce up by planting new plants and installing a new fence, I thought I'd share how that side border has progressed since then.
Here are some pictures that will give you a better idea of what we were dealing with (yes, it was pretty bad; it was just ridiculously overgrown, and the fence was falling apart because so much ivy had grown through it!)
And here is how it turned out once we had completed the work with the help of Homebase and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears!
I'm taken aback by how impressive everything is. I will admit that, even though everything was planted toward the end of the summer, I was a little concerned as to whether or not these little plants would be able to survive the cold and wet winters that we get here in Manchester. Even though I planted them towards the end of the summer, I was concerned about whether or not they would be able to grow to the extent that they were shown all the crops were planted towards the end of summer. I was skeptical about their success. I was still worried about whether or not they would succeed. It isn't peculiar.
On the other hand, as you can see in the following picture, the garden has significantly developed in a shorter amount of time than a year.
We could only lose 2 of the 23 plants included in the kit (i.e., they haven't grown back, and there's no sign of them just yet). Given that neither of us can be considered "gardeners" and that We were largely ignored for the garden all winter, I don't think that is a particularly disappointing result.
This is the opposite side after we had completed the first round of planting.
And this is how it appears at the moment.
You may have noticed a few things, one of which is how much better the appearance of that little path is now. We began to pick at it after repeatedly lamenting how unsightly it was. We could see that the concrete way was crumbling to pieces, and we were curious about what was beneath it. As it turns out, the tarmac was laid on top of the original paving stones – WHATTHEWHAT. Well, that's interesting.
In addition, the paving stones featured an incredible Art Deco design in their surface patterns.
It was a remarkable discovery because the old tarmac was in such poor condition. The tiles were in perfect condition, and because the tarmac was in such poor condition, it was a remarkable discovery.
In my opinion, I do not understand why anyone would want to cover up that area with a plain old poured road surface, and it doesn't make any sense to me why someone would do that. I don't understand why anyone would want to cover up that area with a plain old poured road surface, and it doesn't make any sense to me why someone would do that. Cover that up with a plain old poured road surface, which makes no sense.
As a bonus, my peonies, planted initially as part of the side border, have finally opened their petals (yay!). It appears that we will be getting a decent harvest of vegetables this year, based on the look of things.
To return to the border for a moment, one of the aspects of its development that I am most excited to observe is its continued expansion over time. Since we did the initial planting a little over a year ago, it has undoubtedly grown by more than twice its size. The assortment of colors, flowers, and evergreens that came in the pack were just right, and I am confident that we would not have been able to go anywhere close to having such a lovely variety if we had attempted to do it on our own.
As a result of the garden on a roll, I feel obligated to recommend the product, as it is astonishingly simple to employ and produces outstanding outcomes. We couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.