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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

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/036_zps57486f74.jpg

 

Lower half 2007

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/028.jpg

 

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.

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

 

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...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps56c723c8.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/1_zpsee49e10d.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/Lawn2_zps3bfc1a18.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpse36dd5e1.jpg

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

 

 

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..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/IMG_4769_zpsd8613qqb.jpg

 

 

 

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

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/P1020014_zpsl0d4bsml.jpg

 

 

Dr Ruppel in flower

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/Clematis2_zpsmwc6ll06.jpg

 

 

 

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

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/_DSC0645_zpscq63uwst.jpg

 

 

 

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

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/IMG_2599_zpsg7bswtha.jpg

 

 

 

 

Clematis montana almost completely swamping my garage..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/_DSC0329_zpsvnb8isol.jpg

 

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

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/97F2BB08-D3A7-4B61-818F-16845E55330E-284-0000001A56E62A60_zps55113e91.jpg

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

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/P1020003_zps87b4ip3c.jpg

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..

https://d2qwzu24wcp0pu.cloudfront.net/sarahraven/product/91758cbd.260847_1.jpg/500x550.crop.260847_1.jpg

 

https://d2bvpivebkb899.cloudfront.net/sarahraven/product/c3f74db2.260804_1.jpg/500x550.crop.260804_1.jpg

 

https://d23x084dcxncv3.cloudfront.net/sarahraven/product/a2d336d6.260628.jpg/500x550.crop.260628.jpg

 

 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 13:56

Rearranged some pots on my patio, as more flowering pots mature Ill add them..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/P1030053_zpsihk5qaxt.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/P1030046_zpsmqbvcd7b.jpg

Last years wildlife log pile, but I'm about to get a wood burning stove fitted so may need to pinch a few..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/P1030040_zpsl03y6kjn.jpg

Clematis Dr rupple

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 19:30

I have it in my garden, usually flowers well. I always feed it each spring with clematis feed..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps0fbe0229.jpg

 
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps37424126.jpg

Gardeners World returns 4th March 2016

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 18:56

Only 4 sleeps for me, I'm an insomniac 

Gardeners World returns 4th March 2016

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 18:43

BBC2 8:30pm 4th March 2016

How many sleeps?

Monty Don talk @ Preston Guild Hall Nov 2016

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 20:50

Thats good to know chicky, I'm sure I will enjoy it. I assume he just gives one talk at one location? Was hoping he'd be visiting Sheffield.

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