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29/05/2013 at 20:13

Thought I'd share the results of some suspicious activities going on in my garden over the last three years. Dunno who's responsible

 Top garden looking very messy

 After cleaning up

 Courtyard area in planning

 And finished

 Extra veg plot needed work

 Lavender path was last year's idea

 Moving veg beds and digging up a forest of raspberries, plus the death of my pampass grass left this bed totally empty for two seasons

 Early planting for structure

 What it looks like so far

So, you guys got any before and afters?

29/05/2013 at 20:56

that's a wonderful transformation Wintersong

29/05/2013 at 20:58

Wintersong, may have to ferret around, see what I can do. I love the way you have designed your garden, it is very chic; bit puzzled by the car at what looks like the far end of the garden But maybe your garden is something like mine; the car gets parked in the middle of the garden as the whole thing is sideways onto the road

29/05/2013 at 21:08

A lot of thought and hard work has gone in there. Looking brill.

29/05/2013 at 21:10

My garden is a 100ft long rectangle with the car port furthest from the house, alongside the veg plot.

I might get round to screening it off at some point although I'm not sure whether trellis fencing would be too much in the little courtyard area. Will have a think on that one 

29/05/2013 at 21:30

Lovely idea and pix Wintersong! Not got many changes to this place yet but here's a few from last house. First one is the unkempt and messy edge of pond

 Next one is clearing and starting step/seat

 Finished article


29/05/2013 at 21:37

Wintersong - it is looking great - you have a great eye.  I'm rubbish at visualising how things will end up - I let OH do the designing and I just fill in with plants after.  My favourite bit is your arch/arbour - what it growing up it?

And FG - your pond was magnificent.  Amazing how a path and a seat can transform the look of an area !

My before and afters are quite boring - before was just grass - lots of it !  I'll keep the "afters" coming bit by bit

29/05/2013 at 21:46

FG, I envy your last garden and the privilege you had to garden there and add your improvements. Truly wonderful designing skills and wow, what will you bring to the new garden? Exciting prospects!

Thanks everyone for the encouraging comments. Looking forward to more Before and Afters, if possible

29/05/2013 at 21:48

Thanks chick. The other end was the same - all overgrown with heathers, horsetail, grass and moss and with chicken wire holding it together. Nightmare to undo. You couldn't get along the pond edge at all which was a shame. I cleared the other end too so that there was a beach area and you could  get right down to the water properly. 

I've not got much apart from grass here too!

Unless you count the dandelions  

29/05/2013 at 21:49

I was using the term "grass" quite loosely.  Its mostly moss, but at least its green

29/05/2013 at 21:50



29/05/2013 at 21:53
chicky wrote (see)

I was using the term "grass" quite loosely.  Its mostly moss, but at least its green

I can't take credit for the pond Wintersong as it was already there but it was so neglected -and the bank beside it -that within a year or so it would have needed totally taken out and that would have been a monumental task. In the short time i was there it was a case of tidying and renovating more than anything. I'd like to think the new owners will at least have something better to do their own thing with. 

29/05/2013 at 22:38

FG, that seat by the pond is fab.

30/05/2013 at 10:24

Winter Song, your garden looks great, i love the lavander path. I've tried doing similar but my soil is heavy clay and my lavenders don't like it. Your garden has lots interest and looks great. How do you get on with cutting your grass along the wooden edging border, do you have to  finish it by hand?



30/05/2013 at 11:56


I just use a regular strimmer that doesn't damage the planting because its a natural barrier. I plan to replace the curving brick edging on the shady side in the autumn probably, so its all the same look and use the bricks for paved areas.

I prefer angled borders personally as they formalize the spaces and the plants that do tumble over look less messy in my opinion. I'm a bit of a control freak, just got to let the new planting mature a bit more, everything beyond the gravel area was weeds just a few years back.

30/05/2013 at 12:31

..control freak... I know the feeling... some lovely plants, nice gardens...

it does your back in this gardening lark... apart from that... it's all ok...

30/05/2013 at 20:34

Great idea for a thread love looking at things coming together. I take a lot of pics of the garden and love looking back to see the changes.


31/05/2013 at 10:55

Will have a go at posting before and after; had to re-photograph old pics from traditional photos, couldn't upload them to here from scanner input (no I don't understand what I'm saying either)




31/05/2013 at 10:59

Wow, I managed it, but any text I put in kept appearing in the wrong place. The top 2 pics are 2001, the garden was rough uncultivated field at the far end, this is now the bit that is accessed by steps in pic 4. Quite a lot of earth moving had to be done; the mean man wouldn't let me use his digging machine The porch, Studio and G/H are additions.

31/05/2013 at 11:30

...fantastic... you wouldn't know it's the same place...

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