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21/07/2014 at 18:03


Hi all, whilst browsing through some photos last night I found one taken on 25th September 2010 when we had lived in our house 11 months, I couldn't believe the transformation so I took another today to share.

When we moved in the veg patch was covered in weeds, this was taken after I'd cleared it, but then I couldn't use it until it had been dog-proofed.

So that's the past and present, future plans are to make a fruit patch (but not sure where yet) and also make beds around each of the trees, I'm also thinking of moving the plum tree as it seems to be sprawling and is too big for its current position in the border where it is.

Any comments or suggestions for improvement gratefully received, I've learnt so much already but still have a long way to go


21/07/2014 at 18:04

And as expected they have posted the wrong way round!!  Bottom one is Past and top one is Present

21/07/2014 at 18:06 is obvious you have worked extremely hard and what a lovely view you have too

21/07/2014 at 18:32

Looks great doesn't it? I love before and after pics

It doesn't look like there was any borders before? I particularly like the corner with the lavender, roses and what I think are day lilies? 

I didn't realise you had a field behind - it looks very peaceful 

21/07/2014 at 19:01

Here's a bit of my garden's "before" and "after"


21/07/2014 at 21:31

Thanks Philippa and Vic, yes you guessed right Victoria, that part of the garden is more established, the other borders at the back and other side were only put there in Feb/March this year. The only border was the one full of conifers, that came down!!

It was the size of garden, the view and growing potential that sold the house to us, I was trying to grown veg in pots before.  At the back of the field behind the tress is a crematorium so very quiet neighbours.  A lovely horse lives in the field along with foxes 

Lovely garden Northern lass  It looks like you've worked hard too.

21/07/2014 at 23:18

Thanks Mike  Honestly, I am a newbie, before this year most of it was changing the paving etc re shaping it rather than actually growing anything. The 'established' border has never done as well as this year thanks to feeding and advice from on here, I need to divide quite a lot in autumn.  Anyway, bed is calling, shattered, night night.

22/07/2014 at 00:16

 This is our garden when we moved in...


22/07/2014 at 00:22

Sorry, for some reason the uploader is refusing any other pics apart from the one from five years ago! I shall try again tomorrow...

22/07/2014 at 08:09

Lovely Steve  

No one giving e any tips for improvements / changes then?

22/07/2014 at 08:53
Go with what you're doing OL - seems to be working really well so far!!
22/07/2014 at 08:59

I know some of the plants need dividing etc......a but scared if I'm honest, never done it before and don't know where to start  Might post some closer pics.

22/07/2014 at 13:40

 Yes, it worked! This is how the garden looked last summer compared to the pic a few postings ago from when we moved in. I am now fannying about with putting a pond in and pics from that are under my thread 'I'm digging a pond by hand'

22/07/2014 at 16:42

^ Steve I much prefer your garden now.  You've done a good job with it.   It's got much more interest IMO.

22/07/2014 at 17:18

Thank you. Pond is in progress and the last step (of major fiddling at least) will be to replace the tatty old greehouse with a shed/greenhouse combo in cedar with a low wall.

22/07/2014 at 17:22

It's nice to get positive comments for your hard work isn't it 

22/07/2014 at 17:33

I used to have quite a nice greenhouse but it was removed for me one winter's day!


22/07/2014 at 17:48

Your garden looks great Steve I was trying to figure out if your arch/ lawn was on an angle on your pond thread. It's different and creative.

23/07/2014 at 22:18

Oh just found this thread and love it.  What wonderful transformations. You must all slog your hearts out, they are brilliant. Look forward to more .....

24/07/2014 at 08:49

Here are a couple of close ups of the areas that have got a bit overgrown, obviously it know not to divide/move anything now, but I'm sure you'll see what I mean.....

 The lavender and rose I love and they will stay there, but the lavender is quite big now, I'm not sure what is next to the lavender but it grows like mad and I'm thinking of getting rid of it, it smells quite herby and I'm sure someone has told me before what it is but can't find where I wrote it! The day lilies are definitely getting split and poor rhodie is hiding at the back.  Any more tips? On what to do/not to do?

This section isn't as bad but the agapanthus are coming up and going in a pot (you can just see them) my Camellia is hidden and the 'bush' will get cut back.  I'm thinking of moving the plum tree as it has spread a lot, or can it be cut back to keep it in check and smaller?

Sorry for all the questions but it seems to be doing well and although it needs organising I don't want to kill anything!

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