From Beast to Beauty

Total garden transformation, excuse the parched looking grass at the end couple of photos - been n holiday for a month so the poor grass is dry as a bone. 
This garden has taken 6 years to get to this point. I started out with no boarders but about year 3 anted more interest, so cut in the bottom boarder after losing a cat, we buried him under a cherry tree. We planted another cherry tree (different) the other side, and various plants in the middle. 

The second boarder came the year after and ended up with a lot of the plants that had been in pots and planters, in it. I have a magnolia, lavender, Acer, Hebes and foxgloves as well as an olive tree in that boarder and I plan to add more :) 

I am a self professed gardening hater, so I think I have done well, considering! 




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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 14,125
    My goodness! How wonderful is that. You have worked a miracle there, I bet your wife and children are thrilled with that.
    I don’t believe you are a gardening hater😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • :) It's actually the wife who did it lol :D 
    My husband helped with the patio, and he does the heavy lifting, but it's me mainly out there digging and planting :) 
  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 1,043
    Hi @dont_die_wondering. Welcome to the forum. What a transformation! That is amazing. It may have taken a few years but wasn't it worth it. Looks as though you had a few helpers along the way so you can all now enjoy the fruits of your labour. Very impressed with it all and I am sure there will be others on the forum who think the same. Well done!  :)
  • Thank you so much, there's been a lot of blood sweat and tears along the way (and a fair few tantrums when things have not gone to plan lol) but I am proud of it. It's so satisfying too, to sit out there and enjoy it now! 
  • dont_die_wonderingdont_die_wondering Posts: 20
    edited June 2018
    One thing I haven't quite managed to find out is how to control a really annoying clover which looks almost black and spreads like wildfire! It has little yellow flowers in summer - and you can't get hold of it to pull it out as it seems to have so many different roots! I joined mainly to find out what it is and if I can get rid of it. 
    I have put down chunky bark, but it grows on top of the bark! Annoying. 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 14,125
    :) It's actually the wife who did it lol :D 
    My husband helped with the patio, and he does the heavy lifting, but it's me mainly out there digging and planting :) 
    Oops! Just assumed seeing the men out there that it was done by them. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 4,630
    Sounds like oxalis to me. Great job by the way  :)
  • Lyn said:
    :) It's actually the wife who did it lol :D 
    My husband helped with the patio, and he does the heavy lifting, but it's me mainly out there digging and planting :) 
    Oops! Just assumed seeing the men out there that it was done by them. 
    Haha - no problem at all - the photos were misleading :) 

  • AnniD said:
    Sounds like oxalis to me. Great job by the way  :)
    I will have a look at oxalis, thank you :) I am hoping to find out lots more about planting because up until now, I just plant it in the ground and hope for the best. But it's getting expensive if they die or grow too much and I have to dig them back up!! I don't even really know how to prune! I am such a novice. It literally has come about by chance, not judgement or knowledge lol 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 4,630
    Well, you've come to the right place for advice!
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