Posted: 16/12/2011 at 15:42
you could start by drawing a plan of your plot.then think about what you might like to have in say five years time.mark on the plan compass points and work out the prevailing wind.then you'll know which areas are sheltered and sunny spots.
then decide what to tackle.maybe you can phase it over a few years start working round the house where you will probably get most enjoyment.
before you cut the bushes down give them a season perhaps they are useful as a windbreak or perhaps they may add to your garden in terms of blossom.sometimes it's best to see what you've got before getting the loppers out.
it might be a good idea to think about raised beds.they don't have to be expensive infact i guess there are plenty of stones where you are. build them into bed four foot wide easy reach without treadin on the soil. and as long as you want and perhaps a local farmer has some old manure you can have to help fill them.
if you want to plant bulbs try low growing ones ie mini daffs not full size ones.
i'm sure you will suceed my top tip is see what your neighbours have got.if they can grow it then you can. good luck.