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Barnsdale Gardens

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 10:42

Anyone been?

Im in the area of Barnsdale later this week and was going to go take a look. Is it worth seeing at this time of year?

http://www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk

Blank canvas

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 23:38

Im going to guess that its a south facing garden for the following reasons..

There is still frost on the lawn which suggests the photo was taken in the morning. The shadows cast on the lawn are coming from the left, if the photo was taken in the morning then the sun will be rising in the East, so the left side of the garden must be east. 

I rest my case mulord 


 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 23:13

nutcutlet, I found a Goldfinch nest in my laurel hedge the other year, they must like laurel?


 

 

Blank canvas

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 22:22

Personally i'd install a path alongside the hedges to help with cleaning up cuttings (this is wha I'm planning in my garden).

Id then create borders against this path, so the path is hidden. Its a nice large garden so the borders could be quite deep, curved borders would look really nice.

Maybe have an oval shaped lawn, with deep curved borders around it. Im not a fan of having a mass of lawn with plants flung to the outside edge, but thats my personal choice.

Clematis wrapped round tree

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 22:18

Dove, I love that second photo. Im thinking of growing a clematis up a Magnolia tree in my garden, its flowers don't last long so a clematis would give it a welcome lift.

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


 

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Kitchen/P1020439_zpsxicf8bm3.jpg

 

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..

2007

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/017-1_zps25f5dbe9.jpg

 

 

 

 

2015

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/Garden6.jpg

 

 

 

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.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpse2eb87ce.jpg

 

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...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/b8e26e11-7d92-4750-b0d6-48a56a3e5bb2_zpse21c1619.png

 

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.

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