Eddie J

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April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 17:06

I was rained off from work on Saturday, so spent the afternoon playing around trying to find somewhere for the latest sculpture that I made last week, then spent the rest of the rainy weekend weeding,  removing buried rubble from under patches of the lawn, then repairing the damage. I even found time to finally get some planting started on the veg plot.




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Posted: 22/04/2012 at 21:46

This was the shed/workshop that I built at our last house.


Now that we have moved, I sadly just have this little tool shed that I constructed from scrap materials for approx £60.00 -70.00


To fell a tree to ground level, or leave a stump?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 21:36

Thanks happycottontail. That was my first and only attempt at hand carving. I'm more into large scale wood sculpture and chainsaw carving.

The oak tree above is still living and I'm training the new growth up over the seat to form a canopy.

I felt bad cutting the oak tree down, but it had grown very tall and weak. It had been using a 2nd tree for support, which was fine until we needed to remove the major limb on the second tree which had been supporting the oak.

I didn't let the rest of the oak tree go to waste and up turned one branch to form this bird table.


And used the weak section for this.


The holly has now grown up around to frame it.


Posted: 22/04/2012 at 21:08

One from last year.


And a twist on the theme to give a different perspective. The meteor strikes planet earth.




garden dilema!

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 20:52

Cottage gardens are a bit of an thing. We had a lovely one at our last house, but it always seemed to be one of those type gardens where by you walk into someone else's and think that their garden is better or more developed than your own. In reality they aren't, it is just variation upon a theme.

The two photos below don't really show ours at it best, but one thing that did catch my eye when trying to find a photo was the Malus Golden Hornet. That tree which I kept cut back hard each winter, really helped frame the garden, and growing a clematis over it helped even further.

One other spect which we didn't have, but I would have liked, is an overgrown park bench half hidden by flowers. I also always fancied an old garden roller to grow something over. Don't just think about what plants you would like, try to also think about differing rustic features.



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Posted: 22/04/2012 at 20:28

It has to be said that the tulips somehow seem exceptionally good this year.

Here is an unusual seating area for you. Taken today.


Taken last summer in its first season as a wild flower area.


And this is the main seating area. An oak framed gazebo that I constructed approx 3yrs ago. (It's how I earn my living)


This is still very much a work in progress, as I want to extend the paved area, add a trellis and develop (start) planting.

To fell a tree to ground level, or leave a stump?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 20:10

I'd leave it high and as you have suggested grow something over it. Alternatively you could make it more of a feature by turning it into something else, such as a bird table or even a seat. 300mm diameter isn't wide enough to make a seat, but you could add a base such as I did below.



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Posted: 21/04/2012 at 16:28

Try opening an Imageshack account (it's free) upload from your computer to there, 640 x 480 is an ideal size. You can then copy and paste the link directly into your post on here. Oddly you may need to change the code that reads IMG from capital letters to lower case. If you don't do this, you may well get the dreaded white box with Red X.

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Posted: 20/04/2012 at 22:13
joanybird wrote (see

That's some project Eddie - hope we get to see some progress pictures, and I think that's the neatest veg plot I've ever seen !!!


I have to say though that despite looking great, the failure rates etc are just the same as any other plot whatever the shape or form.

I guess that anything would have been an improvement though.



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Posted: 19/04/2012 at 17:49

Ours is still very much a work in progress, and a thread of the work in progress and garden has been detailed in the design section, but briefly  the latest addition has been to finally take delivery of 20ton load of top soil to put behind the wall shown here. The garden isn't really as bare as it appears.




Current other projects include, these steps and wall.



Extending the two wildlife areas. ( 1st photo from last summer)



Veg plot last year.


And I have spent today carving another sculpture to put in the garden.



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