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Help with Victorian Terrace garden

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 16:01

Im bored today, can you tell!!

A circular lawn could look nice, with a stepping stone path leading through it, framed with box balls at each end of the path, and an wooden archway at the shed end of the path to walk through. Keep the stepping stones slightly below the level of the grass so your mower can go straight over them.

Help with Victorian Terrace garden

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 23:55

Another option would be a circular lawn in the centre, surrounded by a border, with the path running through the centre.

Help with Victorian Terrace garden

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 19:52

Forgive the basic sketch, but something like this?

Maybe even have a timber archway at the end of the path by the shed patio, leading straight onto the patio, giving a focal point to walk to from the house?

The way you get a nice planted area for you, and a bit of lawn for the dog.

Last edited: 24 January 2017 19:55:13

Help with Victorian Terrace garden

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 19:32

How about laying that stepping stone path in a gentle 'S' shape, with lawn to the right, and a nice planted border on the left (when looking from the house), maybe even with a small tree in it to help block the view of the shed when looking out from the house?

pet companions

Posted: 23/01/2017 at 20:14
Tootles says:

Leadfarmer - those cuties look like some of the rescues from East Midlands Lab Rescue (team Edward). Is that the charity that your wife helps with by any chance?

Floss looks like such a character!

See original post

 She volunteers for Labradors in Need.

pet companions

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 11:12
Nanny Beach says:

All I can say is Ah, our dogs dont have carpets, we have just laid laminate, more practical! They dont have their own beds either, because Luna chews them all up, they have to make do with sharing ours.

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 When I said no carpets, I meant there was no flooring in the house, just excrement covered floorboards with nowhere for the dog to lay.

pet companions

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 23:49

Bit of an update from my previous post last September about the rescue labradors we've taken in and helped re-home. They all found themselves unwanted by their current owners, for various reasons ranging from severe neglect, to change of family circumstances. Some of the dogs stories are really sad. All have now found new homes.

The first one we took in was Rosie, used heavily for breeding and covered in fleas..

Oakley - chocolate young lab..

Bailey - chocolate young bitch..

Murphy - he was a beautiful black lab and I really wanted to keep him but our family circumstances weren't right for us to have another dog at the time. I really fell for Murphy...

Max - an old boy who was in his last years..

Rolo - again another dog that I fell for...

Alfie & Dexter

Hollie - golden lab bitch, a really old girl who was in a real mess when we found her. She had been living in a real slum of a house without carpets, and no bed for her...

Toby - 1 year old chocolate lab, unwanted due to having hip problems..

When Alfie arrived we were in a position as a family to adopt him ourselves, so he's now ours. He's a lovely affectionate dog who craves our company...


Last edited: 19 January 2017 23:54:52

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Posted: 19/01/2017 at 02:33

Only 50 sleeps away 

Privet saplings

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 20:53

I need to buy and plant 3 or 4 new privet plants, to grow into a gap thats been created in my privet hedge.

Would I be best cutting the new plants back by say a third, to encourage them to go bushy?

Also, is there an ideal size plant to buy? My current hedge is about 6ft tall, i'm wondering whether to go with small plants say 30cm tall. or go for some that are 120cm tall (before any cutting back).


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