In between the showers, which made the ground too heavy to work with, and the recent hot spell which dried the soil into a concrete-like state, some progress has been achieved.
Firstly the developers sent in their landscapers who tidied up and made significant improvements to the area at the front of our house. The photo doesn't do it justice, but in a month or so when everything is in full leaf, I'll take another.
These hydrangeas are in the wrong place
and this border on the boundary is just a mess
so the intention is to widen the border, remove these scrubby plants which, it seems, have no intention of growing, and move the hydrangeas across. Hydrangeas don't like being moved, so the process will be undertaken by moving one at a time and leaving it until it's firmly established before moving the next one. I think this, the first, is fairly well established now, having been well and truly watered in both by me and by the rain gods.
At the back, the first of the runner beans have been planted out
and more are ready to join them.
The clematis is also now in its permanent position close to the back fence - a trellis will be erected for it to climb up. (The rather droopy leaves next to it belong to a hollyhock which is slowly recovering from the shock of being planted out).
This, the far right hand corner, which I worked on briefly last year, is looking good. The fig tree is greening up nicely although you can't actually see much of it, the soldiers and sailors are in full bloom, self-seeded love-in-the-mist (nigella) is growing strongly and my little fairy at the bottom of the garden sits proudly in her spot and lights up after dark.
And lastly, a late flowering narcissus to brighten your day.