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01/04/2013 at 11:55

And this Brunnera seeded itself. First time flowering.

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y487/Busy-Lizzie/IMG_5111_zps2e6f91c8.jpg

 

01/04/2013 at 12:39

Cheerful piccies, Liz

01/04/2013 at 13:34

Love the brunnera, Liz, it's called caucasian forget-me-not here. I've got one that was here when we moved in 17 years ago and still going strong. It's made a few seedling which I've spread around the garden but still very small.

01/04/2013 at 13:40

OOOOH  Liz - I ahve a Leonard Messell and I can't wait for it to flower. Like everything in the garden it is new - planted last spring - but it has a few flower buds. But it is sooo cold at moment

Seeing yours inspires me for the future

04/04/2013 at 15:21

Im planning a complete makeover for my garden this year. Heres how my garden looked in 2007 when we moved into the house..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/House/036.jpg

 

 

And how it looks now after I put my own stamp on it..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/Garden6.jpg


 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/garden15.jpg

 

 

But ive decided to make some big changes. With our young son growing up, Im finally ready to reduce the size of the lawn and increase the planting area. This is my plan, which includes a reshaped lawn, new path along the hedge, wildlife pond and much more planting. Im going to try and create a partly formal area to the left of the lawn by adding box balls/pyramids in each corner and along the new path, but with a cottage garden kind of look as well...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/ScreenShot2013-04-04at150740_zpse623b30f.png

 

Plenty of back breaking work ahead, as soon as the weather warms up a little. Im on hard clay so I intend to dig out the whole garden, remove some clay, then put the topsoil back in with the addition of new soil.

04/04/2013 at 16:10

Leadfarmer Which computer programme have you used? I am on the look out for one that is easy to master.

Love your garden pics on another thread 

04/04/2013 at 16:13

I love your garden Leadfarmer but your new plans are very impressive

04/04/2013 at 17:09

Not sure I want to post these now after Lead Farmer's lovely pics. But I said I would. This is part of the area I'm re-doing after neglecting for a few years then allowing chickens to free-range.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/20970.jpg?width=319&height=350&mode=max

 Have now had some paved areas laid to walk on / sit on and will be planting around and about so there are lovely things to look at and chickens can scratch about underneath shrubs without making the place look like a desert. Thinking about thyme and ??? not sure what else to soften paved edges.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/20972.jpg?width=295&height=350&mode=max

 

04/04/2013 at 17:18

looks great Flo. I expect you are busy planning to set it up and with so many lovely plants to choose from it will  no doubt be a great pleasure. Could just do with some warmer weather.

LeadFarmer, great looking garden! congratulations.

We are always looking for ways to improve ours.

Thanks for sharing everyone.

04/04/2013 at 17:22

Chris, I can't wait to get planting! Have had small snowflakes all afternoon so no chance today

04/04/2013 at 17:54
Rosa pulcino wrote (see)

Leadfarmer Which computer programme have you used? I am on the look out for one that is easy to master.

Love your garden pics on another thread 

 

I'll send you a private message .

 

Thinking about thyme and ??? not sure what else to soften paved edges.
http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/20972.jpg?width=350



 

Im not entirely sure what plants are chicken friendly, but lavender would look lovely as an edging plant along those paving stone.

04/04/2013 at 18:07

Great suggestion, Lead Farmer, thank you. I love lavender, it would like the dryish sunny aspect and it may be chicken resistant as I have some elsewhere that seems to have survived OK.

04/04/2013 at 19:04
LeadFarmer
I love your ideas and plans.
Will be hard work but how satisfying when it's done?
I'm always planning, tinkering and doing impetuous things in the garden
Keep us posted please
04/04/2013 at 20:41
FloBear wrote (see)

Great suggestion, Lead Farmer, thank you. I love lavender, it would like the dryish sunny aspect and it may be chicken resistant as I have some elsewhere that seems to have survived OK.

It would look great if it were allowed to grow over the paving, meaning your legs brush aginst it, disturbing its scent. French lavender looks amazing, but they arent always hardy. Up here in South Yorks my French Lavenders dont usually make it through the winter. Perhaps a scented English lavender would work well? Rosmary could work also?

 

Verdun wrote (see)
LeadFarmer
I love your ideas and plans.
Will be hard work but how satisfying when it's done?
I'm always planning, tinkering and doing impetuous things in the garden
Keep us posted please

i find myself sketching ideas all the time. Its took me all winter to finally come up with a design I like. Now we have finally got trid of the kids swing and slide I can concentrate on how I actually want it to look. When the project starts I'll make a thread with all the photos.

04/04/2013 at 21:21

Thank you everyone for sharing the pics of your gardens. It is so lovely to see them all and can only get better as the weather warms up

04/04/2013 at 21:52

Well whilst the wife is away for a few days I was supposed to be tidying the house, but instead Ive spent all day extending my garden plan to incorporate the whole garden. Cant believe Ive spent the whole day in front of the laptop!!!

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/GardenDesign3_zpsec678066.png

 

07/04/2013 at 15:55

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/21102.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/21103.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 Spring is here!

07/04/2013 at 16:26

Liz! How fabulous!! I can see shadows on your pics too

07/04/2013 at 16:41

Lovely Pics Liz. My forget-me-nots and wallflowers are just showing colour, just need a few more days warmth and they will be out.

Lots of daffs in flower, and early tulips in big bud. Makes you feel better when the sun shines.

 

07/04/2013 at 16:48

Gorgeous pics everyone!