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Front "garden" needs some inspiration!

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 12:59

Nutty - the driveway is plenty large enough for trampling and toxics associated with vehicles. We're not going to have any edibles on the front as it's really not suitable but would like a few hardy plants that'd put up with rhis punishment! 

Thanks GardenMaiden - I'll have a go at cutting the tree to let more light in and will find a website on alpines to see what might look nice.

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 11:53

When, as one of those young people, I moved into a new house and started prodding around the garden not really knowing what I was doing the first thing I did (after hacking back the lawn) was put on a pair of jazzy gardening gloves and kept my phone nearby (us young folk can't bare to be without our phones) so I could photograph plants flowers and leafs I didn't recognise to later search the internet as to their identity. 

Plants are dangerous. Life is dangerous. Should we be banning scissors in case I forget to respect the unknown and decide to try running with them?


(No laughing KEF - I could probably run if I really wanted too!)


Front "garden" needs some inspiration!

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 11:42

There's going to be about 1 - 2ft less ground area nearest the white vehicle to play with.

Front "garden" needs some inspiration!

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 11:40

This is the view from the window. I'm having technical issues!


Front "garden" needs some inspiration!

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 11:39


Front "garden" needs some inspiration!

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 11:38


Front "garden" needs some inspiration!

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 11:37

I have a front garden, truth be told it currently holds a long wheel base ex-police riot van, a large LandRover, a little Peugeot, and my partners big estate car so parking is a priority! But at the very front where the fence runs we've a little patch of nothingness.

The first image shows the view from our lounge window when there's not a car in the way!

We're having the gate widened to accommodate the fact that I have less than an inch spare to get the van through and we're wanting a caravan so the extra wiggle room the better! We've already had to remove the holly tree (not shown) which in our opinion was the prettiest part of the front. Its very shady - doesn't get any direct sun and as you can see the ground is further shaded by the large bushes that give us a little privacy.

Once the gate is in place I'm trying to think how to make the best of this little area. It is no secret my main joys are fruit and vegetables but with car fumes, neighbours cats, children on their way to school dropping litter this is hardly the place.

Initially I was thinking of just wood chipping the ground and leaving it very bare but "clean, low maintenance,  and dog friendly (all priorities for this area).

Can anyone recommend anything a little more interesting? 


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 11:10

Hope you feel less floppy soon Runnybeak.


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 10:35

Hope you get some sun soon Dove its glorious here! Bonnet bouncing will have to wait - the car is still there to my annoyance. 

Settling down to watch the remembrance parade with the bbc while I sort some paperwork for school tomorrow. So glad they also have dry weather.

Chilli and garlic questions

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 09:15

Weedy- I've grown both jalapeño and Scotch bonnet this year and both have been fantastic with loads of taste and heat. It sounds like you might have had a duff batch :/

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