Register with us or sign in
in The potting shed
welcome fred. what hard work yo have put in and the rewards will be worth it.
buyz-lizzie.. i would love your garden.. the love the stone pillar at the end of the wall.. it makes a super feature and i love them sort.. might see if can get hubby to build one in my garden will have to soft soak him first the aliums are looking super..mine are just out now.. but need some sunshine to make them fully open.
how much ground do you have?
i have an iris that has been in the ground for two years now and it has veyr tall flower stem on it with 8 buds on each.. the top one is opening nad has been taking weeks waitin for the sun.. which came last weekend.. and is now opening.. so excited as do not know the colour as bought at car boot..so i will add picture whenit does open and show you all.. especially if it is dramatic
Hello, gardeningfantic. I have about an acre of garden, but it's hard to tell as it's all round the house and some is grass, shrubs and trees. But I have about 8 acres of rather poor grazing in paddocks - but nice because it's full of wild flowers - and a lot of wild woodland. Deer, wild boar, stone marten, red squirrel, badgers, foxes, hares, and European grey dormice live in the woods.
My first OH (died) had the pillars built when we moved here as we had similar when we lived in Kent with roses growing up them.
Well, the builders have gone & the new bed is in place so I've been out and taken a few shots with my camera: let's hope they load OK
To make the raised beds I bought some lengths of steel channel and welded them together & set them in concrete. I was then able to cut the boards and slot them in 'till I got the height to where I wanted it. Each bed took just over 1 ton of top soil to fill which I bought from a company in Solihull. I originally had Railway sleepers until I learned about the Organo-Phosphates (sheep dip) used as preservative and I got rid of them, disposed of the soil and started again. It was expensive but I thought eliminating risk to long term health was more important to my family. PS. The garden looks bigger than it really is because of the wide angle lens on the camera. Garden is about 24 feet wide and about 80 feet from conservatory to rear wall behing the shed.
John - it is all looking very impressive. Love your ingenius way of creating the raised beds - we are planning on making some next year - will show OH this thread (he loves a bit of welding !!).
Great looking garden John H. I love the curved sweep of the lawn. By the way, we've all done 1293 reviews (it's gone up). I queried this with GW webteam some weeks ago. Apparently it's some sort of 'glitch' on the site that they 'know about'. A bit like the 'Ooops' squashed tomato page. They know about that too and perhaps it will eventually be sorted.
Thank you all the members who have recently offered support and encouragement recently: to Nutcutlet for reorientating my photos. Would you like a job? I'm not sure that it won't happen again; to Chicky for admiring my wisteria and to Wintersong for thinking it's the result of pruning skills. And similarly, to Matty2 who I believe thought I had nurtured it????! Really the accolades should be to my dear wife who planted the wisteria over a decade ago and who would have loved to see the results of her vision for our garden.
I had to take over the guardianship of our garden last year and I'm very inexperienced in gardening - hence the many appeals for advice and implant identification. Thanks again everyone.
..beautifully laid out for ease of access, John... these older semi's [1950's??] often have big gardens like that... used to live in one in Kent...
..it's a pity we cannot enlarge your photos as I wanted to zoom in... but never mind, it's an ongoing problem for many here...
Birdy- I'm sure I can say on behalf of everyone - it's our pleasure x
And I hope we've all had a bit of fun together too
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)
Hello, gardeningfantic. I have about an acre of garden, but it's hard to tell as it's all round the house and some is grass, shrubs and trees. But I have about 8 acres of rather poor grazing in paddocks - but nice because it's full of wild flowers - and a lot of wild woodland. Deer, wild boar, stone marten, red squirrel, badgers, foxes, hares, and European grey dormice live in the woods. My first OH (died) had the pillars built when we moved here as we had similar when we lived in Kent with roses growing up them.
...sounds wonderful, a real rural retreat... I think you live in France... I don't suppose you want to come back to England.. do you...?
Tree peonies have finally flowered in my garden. I have been anticipating them for ages and ages as the buds have been tantalisingingly close for ages!
John, your garden is looking really lovely, but I'm sure you can see that yourself! The reviews thing has been wrong for a few months now.
Birdy, my husband died 15 years ago, the first year I couldn't deal with the garden as he wasn't there to see it, then I changed my mind and started doing it for him too. I was still fairly young and have met another lovely man and we do it together.
Salino, yes, lovely though it is here, I did want to go back to England. It wasn't my choice to leave in the first place, I love England and the people. But my 4 children and 6 grandchildren are here. I wouldn't have been able to sell my house here anyway as, under French law, it partly belongs to the children and they didn't want to sell it.
Salino wrote (see)
..beautifully laid out for ease of access, John... these older semi's [1950's??] often have big gardens like that... used to live in one in Kent... ..it's a pity we cannot enlarge your photos as I wanted to zoom in... but never mind, it's an ongoing problem for many here...
There is a way you can zoom in: just right click on the photo and select 'copy image' then open Word and paste (= Ctrl + V on a PC). You can then click on that image in word and drag the corners out to enlarge the picture but you will lose a bit of clarity the larger you make the picture. Incidentally, Yes, the house was built in 1953 - we bought it in 1967. John H
..gosh, how complicated... at least that's how it seems to me.. the French law... at least you have all your family there with you... and a companion... I'm very pleased for you both... it get's lonely on one's own, I think... worries over maintenance issues and suchlike... nice to have someone else take the strain a little...
thank you for that information... I've just tried it and yes I can enlarge that, quite fun actually if rather messy, although no zooming in though, ... I think this was what another member called 'Blackest' was trying to tell us on another thread recently....
clarity is compromised a little, as you say, but I can see you have what looks like a small tree with flowers in a blue square pot... amongst others... I shall try this method again if need arises...
Yes, especially lonely on winter evenings, but I'm fine now.
I tried enlarging the picture as John said, and it worked. Looks as though there is a lovely new bed to plant.
Gorgeous tree peonies, incredible centres.
John, thats a nice looking garden! The lawn shape looks great, much better than a boring rectangle lawn. Thanks for posting photos.
John H, I love the angles that you have created; they work very well. I can'y enlarge it, too techy for me, would love to see more pics of the veg area.
Victoriajane wrote (see)
Love this Have to speak to husband and get his brain designing or, even better, speak to Dad
Thanks Victoria I will tell H. It's made from an old green pained Arbour that was at Mum's and a few floor boards "found in the garage".
Fred, have enjoyed looking at your garden.
S lass, Peony is lovely, mine is just opening.
Busy-Lizzie can understand why you love your beautiful garden so much.