Lavender Lady

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Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 06/11/2012 at 20:19

Thanks Red Robin for your kind comments.  Yes we have been working on the garden for 12 years now and it has just progressed along the way.  All the planning, planting etc has been our own work.   When we were planning the garden drew lots of plans on paper, made lists of what we wanted in the garden and then worked around fitting it all in.  This will be much easier for you with having such a large garden.  My advice would be to work directly from the house and do it bit by bit,  then you can see the progress you are making from the house and do not have to walk to then very end of the garden to see what you have achieved.  Also by doing it bit by bit makes it easier to split the garden into different 'rooms'.  Have a look in your local library for garden design books and gardening books.  That is how I got most of my ideas.  Good luck  xx 

Where is Nigel?

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 17:40

Pleased to hear Nigel will be back soon, I too  have missed him.  He has become a real star and very popular.  I love the pics of pets enjoying the gardens.  Pets are a part of gardens, they enjoy them as well as we do and my two cats and dog are always wandering around whilst I am out there pottering around.  They are company for me and I would miss them.  Hope to see you soon Nigel. 



Posted: 13/10/2012 at 15:50

I too have missed Nigel and was sad to hear that he may be poorly.  Get well soon Nigel.  My dog, Angus, watches GW with me and when Nigel appears he runs to the TV and barks.  He also loves the chickens and can hear the birds singing in the background. 

Love to Nigel and hope to see him on TV again soon, he is the star of the show.

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 19:40

Hi eralc1968  the plant you are asking about is a Primula vialii  - It flowered from about May til August.  They then die right back so you think they have died and then begin to grow again in the spring.  It is hard for you to see it in the picture but the leaves are typical primula leaves and not like agapanthus close up.  It is worth buying, I think but then again I do love primulas.

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 19:56

Melspade - hubby has remembered where we got the pergola from.  It was from a website called  


Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 16:46

Hi Melspade thank you for your kind comments.  I do think a pergola does make a big difference to the garden and gives you that good excuse to grow more climbers.  I cannot remember the company I bought the pergola from, we bought it via the internet and it was about 4 years ago.


Posted: 24/09/2012 at 11:59

The week before last Monty Don said on GW to give them a feed and keep them well watered now til first frosts.   I did not get as many flowers this year as i normall do but I put that down to the weather.  They do like a nice sunny spot.  I remember seeing huge pots of them on holiday in Corfu a few years ago and they looked amazing - getting baked in the sun and left to their own devices.


Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 06:39

Hi MF  thank  you for your kind comments.  The water feature does have a pump.  It is on the side of the garage wall so hubby drilled a hole through the wall and fed the lead through for the pump and then he drilled a hole into the pot for the water pipe and obviously filled the holes in the bottom of the pot.  It does have large pebbles in it to cover the pump and it has a few plants growing in it.  It is the sound of running water that I like.  You can easily do the same without a pump - a half barrel or a pot would be fine and just fill with plants.  I have been thinking about doing that so I could grow water lilys. 

We do drain the pot in the winter and take the pump out and clean it and put it away for the winter.  I am not sure how a terracotta pot would be over the winter full of water so not wanted to chance it.   You could spend the winter months looking at a few ideas and make it your spring project MF.  Good luck.

Thank you Christy Rose, Muvs Dashwood and Curlybonce for your comments.


Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 07:52

Thank you for all your kind comments

Christine, I live in Suffolk. 

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 19:49

Beautiful garden Budlia, looks so pretty.  The pets look happy.  I also have a westie, and two black cats. 

It is so good to look at the before pics because you can forget just how much work you have done over the years. 

Well done.

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