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What would you do with this huge garden?

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 22:32

I would have the area nearest the house as a garden with flowers, then a veg garden and chicken area (if you want chickens), perhaps pet rabbits for the children in a fox proof pen. A wood cabin sort of Wendy house for the children somewhere and a swing and a slide.Then an orchard and the area beyond as rough grass with wild flowers (?plug plants) with mown grass paths in it. Then you won't need to mow the lot and it won't look neglected because of the mown paths - which the children can run or bike on.

But really if it were me I'd keep 1 1/2 acres for a couple of ponies!

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 22:24

I'm sorry too to hear about Linda, Lily Pily. (((more hugs)))

christmas tree

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 22:19

I planted several Christmas trees in the garden in the early 90s. I have a big garden, but now they are huge and blocking light from other trees and shrubs, so now I wish I hadn't. I can't handle cutting them down so if I decide to do that I will have to pay a tree surgeon.


Posted: 17/01/2015 at 22:10

You'll have to take a thermos, DD. That's what I did and "Oasis" for the children.

Back from the "Merry Widow", New York Met, Périgueux cinema. Great fun, we really enjoyed it. Met several people, French and English, who I know as well.


Posted: 17/01/2015 at 15:59

That all sounds so familiar DD. Used to watch daughter horse riding, other daughter ballet, piano, son rugby and tennis, other son table tennis and piano.

Have been sorting photos, and sticking them in albums, seem to have lost a packet from June 2012 when we went to Devon.


Posted: 17/01/2015 at 11:00

Wonder if she'll send us any photos?

How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 09:45

People have given you some good advice. When we bought our old farmhouse, needing renovation, in Dordogne, there wasn't really a garden, old farmyard that had had some topsoil spread on it, covered with tall grass, brambles and nettles and rough grassed areas. There was so much to do with house and garden, we had 4 children and husband was working, so we called in a landscaping firm to deal with the bits we wanted as lawns. They mowed it all, then rotovated, then raked and flattened and sowed seed. That is not what to do. It meant all the chopped up roots of weeds, couch grass, bindweed, nettles, creeping buttercup were still in the soil, only chopped to make more of them, and some of it I wanted as flower beds. Disaster, I'm still struggling with some of those over 20 years later!


Posted: 17/01/2015 at 09:31

Morning all.

My new oven was supposed to be delivered today but delivery man rang to say he had too much work. Don't know why the salesperson didn't arrange a weekday as I'm retired.

Going to the cinema tonight to see "The Merry Widow" from the New York Met.

Help! How can we use this yard?

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 23:24

 This is astroturf, with decking and paving. I meant one or the other nearest the house.  Of course it will look better when those planters are full and pots added and if they grew something up the fencing.

Help! How can we use this yard?

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 23:10

It depends a lot on your budget. I suppose paving the end nearest the house would probably be too expensive. Could you deck it? I saw a family garden by a garden designer on TV recently that had fake grass and it actually looked quite nice. Would be fine to play on too, a child was on it playing with a toy train.

Trellis along the top of the fence with clematis and honeysuckle would give more privacy and be less bulky than planting shrubs.

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