A new log path project

So, at the end of the garden I have a big weeping willow tree which is also surrounded by 2 good sized sheds, hence not much grass grows underneath! So my plan.....to tidy it up and make what was a bit of dirt into a really nice '2nd part' of the garden.

I have also recently taken a great delivery from Plantsforshade.co.uk, top class customer serive and advice before I ordered and then really good quality plants in record time once ordered.

I thought i'd post my progress pictures.

So less chat and onto the pictures.....

A few before pictures

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Marking out where the path will go...

 

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And then the digging started!

 

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Couldn't resist trying it out to see what it would look like..

 

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And then the real work started....a couple of inches of gravel to aid drainage...

 

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Getting there.....

 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,771

    Big project Chris! Did the dog help much? image

    That's going to be a really  lovely woodland/wildlife area. Looking forward to seeing all your planting. We've all been talking about snowdrops a lot here recently - it would be a wonderful area for them.

    I see you have the logs on a bed of gravel, but are you putting an edging of some sort to stop the logs shifting? Also, I'd think they will get very slippy, since it's a shady space, so are you fixing chicken wire on the top?

    You seem very organised so I'm probably teaching granny to suck eggs - sorry! I love seeing people's projects and the finished results. It will look terrific in another few months once you get some plants in and it starts to establish. Good luck with it  image

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • Hi.

    Snowdrops are in the plan, I just haven't got them yet, i'll be getting them and Bluebells ordered and in the ground soon. I've got a lot of snowdrops around the rest of the garden but as you say they'll look great in the 'woodland' area.

    I haven't planned to put any edging in, the gravel is quite a thin layer and the logs are bigger than they look and so are pretty solid. The smaller ones aren't quite as secure but they're more for looking good than actually using to step on. I have put quite a bit of gravel around the smaller ones to stop them moving as much as I can.

    With regards to them being slippy, i'm going to just see how they go. if they get too slippy then I can sort that at a later date.

    Plants are all in the shed ready to go, just need a bit of time and decent weather to get them in the ground. I'm also getting the bark next weekend for the ground cover.

  • Here's my recent order list from Plantsforshade.co.uk - if anyone has any hints or tips for any i'd love to hear them, i'm new to most of these plants image

    Hydrangea serrata 'Bluebird'-          1
    AGM

    Aquilegia vulgaris 'Munstead-          3
    White' AGM

    Bergenia 'Overture' AGM                3      

    Cyclamen hederifolium 'Album'          3      

    Epimedium x versicolor -               3    
    'Sulphureum' AGM

    Geranium macrorrhizum -                3       
    'Bevans' AGM

    Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'             3      

    Tellima grandiflora 'Forest -          1       
    Frost'

    Tiarella 'Jeepers Creepers'            2       

    Dryopteris dilatata 'Crispa -          2       
    Whiteside' AGM

    Anemone hupehensis 'Praecox'           2     

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    That looks great. A ot of time and effort there both in the planning and in the construction.

    Can't wait to see pics when fully planted up.image

  • allium2allium2 Posts: 413

    That looks good Chris. Your choice of plants looks good. Aquilegias I love and have some seeds in pots at the moment! Geraniums are reliable. I have two growing under trees at the back of my garden. Be good to see some pictures once its all planted up! 

  • Thanks Edd. The pictures don't really show it but the gravel is actually in the trench I dug out and so can't spread really.

    I'll certainly look into what you've suggested for the slippery logs though, thank you very much.

  • Gardengirl..Gardengirl.. Posts: 3,679

    Really like that looks amazing well done

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,271

    I like that too. I have same reservations about logs being slippy, as fairygirl, but as you say, the chicken wire does damage the aesthetics. You could always walk on the gravelly bit when wet.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • @Gardengirl - Thank you very much image

     

    @fidgetbones - Yep that's what I was thinking too. It's going to be bark on the ground so can just walk on that.

  • Just thought i'd post a little update.

    The first of the plants are in, please excuse all the bamboo canes around them, they are just there to protect them from my 18 month old black lab! I'll remove 95% of them around march once the plants have had chance to root in and they are no longer a novelty to the dog.

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    To the right hand of the picture all needs planting out too but just out of the picture is a big mound of soil that i'm using to even out the lawn. All will be finished before the end of March.

     

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