before-and-after-pics-of-my-garden

We moved here 11 years  8 months ago, just before my son was born. We worked hard on the house, neglected the garden for the first few years. We liked the garden as it was, it suited our family and we called it 'the park' for many years.

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 The first garden project was to get rid of the conifers. Then start on the tiny patio, make it huge and design it so we could sit and eat out in the evening sun.

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I'm going to post the story bit by bit so I don't loose it all !

 

 

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  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736

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    The play tower / swing needed moving - this is where I look out from the house and I now wanted to see flowers rather than check on my growing son.

    The digger came to level the ground.

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  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736

    Next we started on the 'crucible'

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    and path

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  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736

    I'm enjoying this!

    Some pics from earlier this year...

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    Sorry I don't seem to have a panoramic one...

     

     

     

     

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736

    And today...

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    pictures aren't showing so I hope this works and also that i've not duplicated them.

    Anyone else got before and after pics to share?

     

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736

    I forgot the dates ....

    decking 2007, path & crucible 2011, planting mainly 2012/13

     

  • Val40Val40 Posts: 1,378

    Very nice MrsG!! Was this a joint effort or did your OH do all the construction bit.  I think it's terrific. Makes my garden look very boring. Still like it though.

  • XX Posts: 707

    Thats lovely Mrs Garden, mine is very plain and boring by comparison. 

  • Wonderful MrsG, Looks like all the hard work is paying off nicely. I can imagine it being accessible all year round. image

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Wow! What a transformation image

     Did you come up with the design? Love the crucible and nevermind the plants so many interesting "things" in your garden. That twisty black thing with the silver ball is gorgeous. The owls so funny and all the rusty poppy seed thingys and bird thingys just lovely. Laughed when I spotted the croc and dino too image

    Did you have a year of completion in mind when you started and are you doing more? 

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736

    Thanks everyone, I really enjoyed looking back myself.

    To answer some of your questions - the starting point of the design was to see a 'garden' from the window/patio doors and to eat where the sun was in the evenings. Well, actually that was my starting point, my OHs was to spend as little time cutting grass as possible (suits me).

    The rest of the 'design' unfolded quite naturally as we went along. The 'crucible' is so named as we live in Sheffiled, the path around it was reclaimed paving which (we are told) used to be the paving outside the Crucible Theatre (snooker).

    The wall is the only part we had outside help with, and he didn't finish due to a bereavement so OH did most of the work whilst I did most of the fetching and carrying (glad that's over).

    The 'twisty black thing ' is a water feature, fab when lit up. The rusty things came from a garden fair from Alfresco Designs, and the dinosaurs etc I simply stole from the children - they are not allowed to move them!

    The real garden is all mine and the best bit for me!

    Future plans - once I don't need the grass for cricket, rounders, even football - I'd like to have some thing to split it up, twisting beds from one area to another. When I can ditch the trampoline and tower I can hopefully make a secret garden with trellis, arches and doorways....oh the list goes on, but for now I'm happy just piling in more plants!

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