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31/07/2012 at 11:16

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Here are some pictures of our garden.  We moved in 12 years ago on a completely new estate and our garden was wet claggy clay which you could not walk on without sinking in.  We started work in March and began by laying patio areas and marking out flower beds and gravel area.  It is a small garden only 9.5 metres X 9 metres.

31/07/2012 at 11:40

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 Getting there, the beds are marked out and gravel laid

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 This was taken this year late spring which shows how much the garden has filled in.  Privacy was a big issue as with most new estates and we overcame this by putting trellis to our existing wall and fence and planted honeysuckle, pyracantha, roses, ivy, jasmine.  We also added two pergolas over which we have grown wisteria, roses and clematis.

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 We also added a small water feature the birds love this. 

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 Here is my cat enjoying the last of the evening sunshine sitting underneath the Acer. 

The garden is very scented which the bees love and we have had blackbirds nesting in the Ivy two years running.  The garden is crammed full with plants, no weeds can get a look in.  We have a visiting hedgehog who helps with the snail and slug population.  This year we removed our shed and have installed a greenhouse so I will be growing more for next year.

Hope you enjoyed my pics

 

31/07/2012 at 11:55

What a lovely garden! 

Thank you for sharing it with us.

31/07/2012 at 14:46

Lovely garden - you should be justly proud of it.  

31/07/2012 at 14:56

Just amazing and again a garden with no grass.. Im so tempted to do away with ours. What a big cat!!

31/07/2012 at 15:15

This is a lovely garden, I am quite envious, I would also like to get rid of my lawn.

31/07/2012 at 15:47

Beautiful, the planting the structure, the hard landscaping, everything, just gorgeous  

only today I was looking at some old photos of my garden and feeling blue as its been such a disaster this year with the rain/snails/massive hail stones/the cold/the rust/. But you have just made me look at the photos of the garden 6 years ago when we moved and and I feel much better now, thank you  

31/07/2012 at 18:17

Thank you everyone for your kind comments. 

We all  work so hard in our gardens that sometimes it is good to look back and see just what we have done over the years.  I must admit I cannot sit in the garden for very long without seeing something that needs deadheading, or pruning, or watering...  the list is endless

 

 

31/07/2012 at 18:46

Wow, it just goes to show what you can do with a blank canvas and a lot of imagination. I cannot wait for my project to come together and look as vibrant as yours.

You have given me a lot of inspiration.

Dan x

31/07/2012 at 19:11

I think it is easier when you have a blank canvas rather than inheriting someone elses garden.  I have worked with both and I have to say a garden with nothing in it really is much easier.  Good luck with your garden Dan

31/07/2012 at 19:50

Enjoyed seeing your photos and can appreciate all the hard work you have put in. It's great to look back at the "before" and "during" pictures in a project like this and see how far you've come. We took on the overgrown jungle that was our back garden two years ago and it's very rewarding to see the transformation. Still work in progress but getting there! Thank you for sharing

31/07/2012 at 21:07

What a lovely garden. Do you want to design mine? I class myself as a pretty good plantswoman, but don't have an artistic bone when it comes to design.

31/07/2012 at 21:10

I did take the plunge and get rid of the grass in my small back garden. Never regretted it. So many plants, so little room!

31/07/2012 at 23:05

beautiful garden and so deserved with all the hard work you have obviously put in! Well done and thanks for sharing it with us all....

Higgy

http://higgysgardenproject.blogspot.co.uk/

01/08/2012 at 08:46

Thank you Higgy for your kind comments about the garden.  I have had a look at your link and read your blogspot.  I just love the flower meadow, cannot think of anything more relaxing than sitting at the bench watching and listening to all the insects enjoying the meadow flowers.  Well done.  I will follow your updates.

01/08/2012 at 10:48

I love your garden Lavender Lady

Pam x

01/08/2012 at 12:26

Thank you Pam - I love your garden too  xx

01/08/2012 at 15:21

Thankyou

Pam x

01/08/2012 at 19:38

Wow, thats a true transformation!
Did you buy the plants at that level of maturity?

01/08/2012 at 20:08

No, the garden has matured over the years.  I buy my plants normal size and patiently wait for them to grow, which is pat of the fun of gardening.  This year we pulled down our old shed and have replaced it with a greenhouse so I am  sowing seeds and taking cuttings. 

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