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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:52

Well whilst the wife is away for a few days I was supposed to be tidying the house, but instead Ive spent all day extending my garden plan to incorporate the whole garden. Cant believe Ive spent the whole day in front of the laptop!!!


Patio paving design tool needed

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:08

Thanks for the replies, I'll give them a try

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 20:41
FloBear wrote (see)

Great suggestion, Lead Farmer, thank you. I love lavender, it would like the dryish sunny aspect and it may be chicken resistant as I have some elsewhere that seems to have survived OK.

It would look great if it were allowed to grow over the paving, meaning your legs brush aginst it, disturbing its scent. French lavender looks amazing, but they arent always hardy. Up here in South Yorks my French Lavenders dont usually make it through the winter. Perhaps a scented English lavender would work well? Rosmary could work also?


Verdun wrote (see)
I love your ideas and plans.
Will be hard work but how satisfying when it's done?
I'm always planning, tinkering and doing impetuous things in the garden
Keep us posted please

i find myself sketching ideas all the time. Its took me all winter to finally come up with a design I like. Now we have finally got trid of the kids swing and slide I can concentrate on how I actually want it to look. When the project starts I'll make a thread with all the photos.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 17:54
Rosa pulcino wrote (see)

Leadfarmer Which computer programme have you used? I am on the look out for one that is easy to master.

Love your garden pics on another thread 


I'll send you a private message .


Thinking about thyme and ??? not sure what else to soften paved edges.


Im not entirely sure what plants are chicken friendly, but lavender would look lovely as an edging plant along those paving stone.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 15:21

Im planning a complete makeover for my garden this year. Heres how my garden looked in 2007 when we moved into the house..



And how it looks now after I put my own stamp on it..



But ive decided to make some big changes. With our young son growing up, Im finally ready to reduce the size of the lawn and increase the planting area. This is my plan, which includes a reshaped lawn, new path along the hedge, wildlife pond and much more planting. Im going to try and create a partly formal area to the left of the lawn by adding box balls/pyramids in each corner and along the new path, but with a cottage garden kind of look as well...


Plenty of back breaking work ahead, as soon as the weather warms up a little. Im on hard clay so I intend to dig out the whole garden, remove some clay, then put the topsoil back in with the addition of new soil.

Help! What colour should I paint my fence?

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 10:56

Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

We painted our shed with Cuprinol Garden Shades "Willow" and I like it, but it's really a matter of personal taste.

Happycottentail, I painted my trellis in Willow, and it works well with your choice of pinks/mauve...


I agree that you should leave your pergola & trellis unpainted, natural wood does look great. I left my archway unpainted..

  But I did paint my obelisks in Willow as a feature, you can just see one behind the archway, and they can be seen in this photo...


But your fence definately needs painting. How about a darker green like Cuprinol Herritage Shades 'Old English Green' which I used to paint my shed...

A darker green would allow the fence to blend in to the garden. You could then fasten trellis to some of the fence panels and paint these willow as a feature?

bird box

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 10:51

I pit this tit box up 2 years ago, and yesterday I photographed it being used for the first time. Its about 2 metre high..




Patio paving design tool needed

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 00:47

Does anyone know of any online software that can help design the layout of patio paving? I want to replace my patio using different sized paving stones in a random effect, something like this..


 I'd like a design tool that creates suggested patterns so I can order the correct quantities of paving stones with the least cutting.


Which Delphinium seeds?

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 14:54

By chance I was going through my seed tin today and came accross some Delphinuim seeds given to me by a neighbour in 2008 that I had forgotten about. Who reckons they will be any good? They have been kept dry but im unsure..


Clematis 'Rouge Cardinal'

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 16:17

Is it just suffering from this horrible cold weather?

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