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For all of you interested in an annual meadow in your garden you cannot do better than visit Holt farm organic garden near Bristol in July.  Just to make you drool here are some photos I



took when I visited. just imagine the amount of bees and butterflies a small patch in everybody's garden up and down the land would bring in.


ps I just love scrolling those pictures up and down!


Happymarion, those pictures are just beautiful and just what we need to see on a grey  January day. They just make you long for that lovely hot summer day and to try it in my own garden. I do get a lot of bees in my garden but I may try a small patch in my garden.  I love your blogs Happymarion.


Thank you, donutsmrs,  I'm heading for my hundredth blog this week -96 now!


This is my 17th, but if you are like me Happymarion once you get on this site you don't want to stop. I love seeing other gardeneres comments.


Corrinia ni that is fabulous .put big smile on my face

washing line's never feature in garden design info/ideas etc. am I the only sad one who loves to watch the washing blowing in a beautiful garden...I don't want a rotary one...any ideas?

Just posted about this on the potting shed. Have a look at retractable ones, long length, only out when you want to use it. I've had mine for about 5 years.

happymarion you truly are an inspiration i hope im gardening away at your age and thats not being patronising to you i really do admire you. So many would give up but no your having raised beds to make life easier. I was so lucky my husband made me two from old wood we had, only wee ones but they keep us in leeks, cabbage,sprouts,lettuce and brocoli I have a greenhouse for everything else which we need up here in the Highlands of Scotland

I am at as loss trying to think of a design for our very small garden, the area of lawn is about 18 ft x 20 ft.

Where can I get (much needed) inspiration from?


Ive just put on google images for small garden water features it was very inspirational Im sure if you googled small garden images you'd get ideas

Wirral27 I'm gardening on the wirral as well, I've found the climate suits plants which are really quite tender. The attached was planted up last year and has been loving the wet summer so far



Wish my garden was like yours, a mess at the moment laid down a lovely stone patio  in the garden 5 weeks ago and since then yes you have guessed rain rain rain rain rain rain. The rest of the lawn is knee deep scared of getting the mower out weeds ankle deep in the soil and sad to say lost all of my Vegetables, cauliflower broccoli cucumber beetroot etc etc etc can go on, the only 3 veg i managed to save was the Tomatoes grown in the Greenhouse some if nearly 10Ib of potatoes and half a shopping bag of Lettuce. A neighbours garden was like a swimming pool nearly knee deep in water and they lost loads. I think i am going to stick with plants next year and hopefully get a lovely garden like yours, good luck in the future.

My rambler rose Bobby James has been truly spectacular the last 5 years, but it is such a thug - has anyone given such a rose a severe pruning without killing it? Do I recall Monty Don pruning rambling roses on GW a couple of weeks ago? Help!

I am new here, thanks for the beautiful forum..

Fantastic photos.... I like your forum. I have also s beautiful garden since 5 years. My garden was designed by professional landscapers Los Angeles. They design my garden is so wounderfully. Garden should make like this which make you smile and i have spend lots of time in my garden which make me healthy. I would like to suggest you try to contact them.