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29/04/2012 at 16:12

Foccatia was gorgeous- in fact I keep nicking bits!

Hard luck about the roof Geoff, we have a rather big one at the front, plus a small one at the back. Both will get 'apexed' next time- next door has has their front one done really well & since ours the same size, shall get same builder to do as & when.

Extent of gardening today- removing all the plants from one coldframe into a 2cnd! The plastic frame of the first has snapped & with the gales the lid just wouldnt stay in place, despite bricks on top!

Good job had the 2cnd- now where are the dahlias going to go to be hardened off? J.

Once the summer over, when I use it for the woodland cactii, to the tip it shall go.

29/04/2012 at 16:12

I have sunshine, hopefully this is the beginning of summer

29/04/2012 at 16:30

We have sunshine ,too

I have been looking through some old photos and came across one of our back garden about 20 years ago. Do you have any before and afters? I would love to see them



29/04/2012 at 16:55

Oh lilylouise what a transformation, I hope that in 20 years time my garden will look like yours, currently it looks so wet. I will have to wait a bit to share a nice photo.

29/04/2012 at 16:58

Wow! You have turned it into a paradise.

29/04/2012 at 17:33

Yes, its a wonderfully designed and planted space!

I used to have before photos of when we first moved in 17yrs ago, when it was all lawn and nothing else! But for the life of me I can't find the old photos these days, I think I lost them after showing friends and visitors way too many times what it used to look like

I do still take before and after project pictures but nothing with as dramatic transformation as Lilylouise. Perhaps, in a few years time the hard work I'm doing in the less mature spaces will show up.

Here's a shot of the youngest border in 2010 and 2011. Just one years difference!

  Can't wait to see improvements this year since I did so much work last autumn/this spring.

29/04/2012 at 17:51

More lovely photos to look at.

Even with the rain, I really can't handle being indoors. So today has been spent splitting firewood, clearing the council storm drain in the verge outside the house. That jobs really narks me, as I shouldn't have to do it, but do. I then managed to sneak off to a local garden centre and came back with a rhododendron and azaleodendron. After planting these, I forked over a couple more boarders, collected a load of pine cones for another sculpture, then last of all spent half hour or so pushing yet more sticks into the bee hive log stack.

Sadly time just goes way too quickly.

29/04/2012 at 18:26

Lovely photos--I really enjoy the before and after shots.

Eddie you are making me tired--but it sounds like a productive day!

Here it is about 10:30 am- grey and not promising. Not cold, so I have moved my tomatoes outside-except for the ones I will grow on in the greenhouse.My geraniums are on the deck as well. The tomato enclosure only needs gate hooks now-two sides have removable panels-it's a 4x8 bed in which I grow things in pots. I tried filling it with soil in the past, but it is surrounded by trees and the roots invade no matter what. So we'll see how this goes.Bread is made and housework done. Time for a good book.

29/04/2012 at 19:28

I have managed a half hour paddling around my garden, so nice to be outside. The list of jobs is getting longer though.

29/04/2012 at 19:30
kate1123 wrote (see)

The list of jobs is getting longer though.

I find that I am my own worse enemy for that. I finish one and add three more that didn't even exist.

On the before and after theme.

This was the front garden at end of 2008. Black arrow points to overgrown steps.

And today, with the same steps just about in view on left.

29/04/2012 at 19:34

Eddie seriously? that is some renovation.

29/04/2012 at 19:37
kate1123 wrote (see)

Eddie seriously? that is some renovation.

And that is just the front!!

The edit facility ran out to soon, this should have gone in the middle.

All work was carried out by me. I must be mad!!!

The steps are still just about intact behind the ladder.

29/04/2012 at 19:46

 very wet and windy here in york ,had to go out in the garden as my next door

neighbours fence had come down right on top of my jewel garden everything flattened and broken ,his guttering down as well so all the rain flooded my potting shed .

oh happy days maybe there is a god for us gardeners ,wish he would show us some good weather so much to do .

29/04/2012 at 19:46


29/04/2012 at 20:01
Inkadog wrote (see)



Just a couple more before and after of the front.

Again late 2008, and then just a few mins ago in bad light. The remaining firs are in the neighbours garden, or they wouldn't be standing now either. Again all work was carried out by myself.

29/04/2012 at 20:09

Sue you have my sympathies, it sounds heartbreaking, will you be able to rescue any of it?

29/04/2012 at 20:29

on my way to hike at Keet Seel in Arizona. camped last night at Ely, Nv. no cathedral but this is the view from my camp-the mt. is 14,000 ft. to Hovenweep today and the adventure begins-I love road trips.

29/04/2012 at 20:29

thanks Kate , yes i think so will put them back for this year but here's hoping ,

i have been asking him for weeks to fix it but he has 3 dogs and i cant go in his garden or i would have done it myself .no worries my brothers gonna build me a wall so that should do it .

29/04/2012 at 20:35

 Sorry for Sue! I would be in tears although I'd bounce back by tomorrow. Good luck remedying the disaster!

29/04/2012 at 20:35

That is a real shame Sue. It is bad enough  when events like this happen just through bad weather, but when a problem is already known, that really grates. We had a similar thing with a neighbours tree in the last lot of bad weather. I told the neighbour that their tree was dangerous, but they choose to ignore me, and sure enough it fell down across not only our garden but two adjacent ones as well. People are sometimes just so ignorant about taking advice, how ever well put.

David, that view is stunning.