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TV alert new series Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 19:19

Only 6 more sleeps to go. Although I'm an insomniac, so only 3 sleeps for me 

Time for a new garden design?

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 17:22

Meadow7, yes I think I'l put it all the way around the lawn, though i may need to purchase a few more lengths.


FG, I definitely want to be able to see the pond from the living room as I look out of the window. Maybe I should position it further down the garden so its next to the patio, lost to where the outdoor seating is shown?

The building you see in the lower right is actually my garage. The house is at the bottom of the plan with the patio doors looking out onto the patio, as per the photo below





Time for a new garden design?

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 17:08

Thats a good point you make on the lawn edging Meadow7. Im intending to use steel Everedge edging tips which I purchased the other year. I'll be able to use a roller mower around the edge and they should make trimming the edge much easier with edging clippers. Thats the plan anyway!


Heres a plan of just the upper half of the garden..


Time for a new garden design?

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 16:32

Well I'm certainly pleased with how it looks now, compared to 2007. But some of the borders are quite thin with only limited planting opportunity, and I'm sure I can sacrifice some of the lawn to create planting areas. 

The closest 'before & after' comparison are perhaps the following two photos..












One improvement will be laying a path alongside the privet hedge to the left of the garden, it will making sweeping up the cuttings so much easier instead of them falling into the border. The border here is currently very narrow, the path will replace it, with planting on the other side.



I think the hardest decision will be deciding whether to get rid of certain plants that I inherited with the garden. It seems a shame to get rid of a healthy plant, but maybe I need to be bold enough to get rid of plants I don't really want, and start with a blank(ish) canvas?


Time for a new garden design?

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 13:38

But deep down I've always wanted to reduce the size of the lawn to increase the planting area, and add a wildlife pond. I'm not really a fan of just having borders at the extreme edge of the lawn. I came up with a bit of a plan in my head, began sketching and then used a bit of software called 'smallblueprinter' to create a scaled plan (patio & house is to the left of the plan).

Now that the dogs aren't around anymore to ruin the lawn, and our son has outgrown his plastic garden toys I'm keen to get started. I'd appreciate any thoughts/comments on my new plan...



Being British I do want to keep a lawn, but I know its a pain in the backside dragging the lawnmower out just to cut a tiny lawn, so I need to decide whether to keep it or not. I also want to improve the path in the lower half, and create a veg growing area. It will be my summer project, and I'm hoping I get it done in-between all the other jobs a home owner needs to do.

Time for a new garden design?

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 13:36

Im thinking of redesigning my rear garden. Ive been planning this for a few years, but haven't done anything about it as we had two dogs, who like to trample through the borders, smashing plants. Both dogs have now sadly passed away, with Benson the black lab passing yesterday. Im trying to remain positive at this sad time and one thing that is motivating me is redesigning the garden. Heres some history...

The garden is in two halves, the upper half is level with my patio, at the end of this part there are 3 steps taking you down to the lower half which is about 3ft lower than the upper half. I moved into my current garden in 2007, it looked rather sad and bland to look at, heres what it looked like when we moved in....

Upper half 2007



Lower half 2007



Before we had even unpacked all of the boxes from moving house I had already begun to make the garden look a little more cheerful, by reshaping the borders and edging the lawn. I needed to keep a decent size lawn for the dogs, and our little boy who was a baby at the time. I soon added a gate and archway between the two halves and replaced a dying privet hedge. I couldn't wait until our son had outgrown his plastic slide etc.



I tackled the patio and added some planting, then In the lower half I moved the summer house back a few feet to make room for a greenhouse that my nan kindly bought me just before she passed away. It soon began to look much better...








Clematis wrapped round tree

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 22:31

With the blue on, I just leave it alone as I forget its there when not in flower. My other clematis I cut them back at the relevant time of year, they all have different pruning times, largely dependant on when they flower. Ive got a bit of a 'thing' for clematis, they are one of my favourite plants and I have quite a few of them in the garden..

Heres a better photo of the blue (unknown) clematis growing through the tree..





I have Clematis Dr Ruppel growing over an archway (photo taken when not in flower!)




Dr Ruppel in flower





Clematis Nelly Mosser crawling along the ground in my border (which I think they do in nature), eventually climbing up the obelisk..





Clematis Pillu growing through the Honeysuckle and up my garage wall..






Clematis montana almost completely swamping my garage..



Clematis Bees Jubilee in a planter against my garage wall..


As you can see, I kind of like clematis


Clematis wrapped round tree

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 21:09

I have a climatis growing through a young Amelanchier Lamarckii (June berry) tree, I just leave it to do its thing. You can make out the blue clematis to the left of this photo


Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 23:44

Thanks Hazel, but I only ever reveal the bits that are looking good, theres parts of the garden that I wouldn't dare photograph , and the photos of the tulips and daff are from Sarah Ravens website 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 19:07

FG, I can't remember to be honest. I put them in last minute just after I had planted the each pot with a combination of Sarah Raven Florentine tulips, and both Felindre & Martinette daff bulbs..








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