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We're you at it in the 70's?!



  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,470
    Lots of garish low bedding plants planted in very narrow borders around the perimeter of a vast expanse of carefully tended lawn. For hard landscaping, pastel paving slabs laid in a pattern - pink, yellow and blue - plus low walls made of square concrete blocks with a flower pattern punched out in them, painted white - you can still buy them!

    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,044
    Fire said:
    The main palette I think of is orange and brown floral. We had this in a oil table cloth and as a picnic cool bag.

    My Nan's kitchen curtains were a lot like that. And I remember me and my sister having frocks in a similar sort of print (yuk :s)
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,954
    .But it looked groovy if you boarded up all the original features in your house with plywood.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,044
    In case anyone's wondering, I wasn't born until 1966 so I didn't choose the frock fabric myself! This was in the early-mid 70s. I also remember, probably a smidge later (probably aged about 9 or 10) being desperate for Bay City Rollers-style tartan flares and not being allowed to have them. Which is probably a good thing, with the benefit of hindsight :D .
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • didywdidyw Posts: 3,340
    Two words sum up the 70s garden - neat and tidy!
    Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.
  • FireFire Posts: 18,019
    Ah, you never came to our house @didyw
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,260
    You're right about boarding things up with plywood, @B3.  We lived in an 18th century farmhouse in Northumberland in the '80s, which had been given the plywood treatment by previous owners.  We found some wonderful original doors underneath...   :)
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • Pauline 7Pauline 7 Posts: 2,227
    LG_ said:
    Party 7s were a thing when I was at college (Late 80s / early 90s). I don't know how long they'd been around before that, having grown up in a Methodist household!
    They were certainly around in the early to mid 70's
    West Yorkshire
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,144
    Trying to get them open was always entertaining. 
  • JacquelinezJacquelinez Posts: 22
    BrodieP said:
    Even though my earliest memories are of the 90's we absolutely love the 70's and 80's. We are slowly 'doing up' a house that was built in the 70's then 'modernised' (terribly) in the 2000's. We're currently renovating, decorating, restoring - all with a nod to the decade in which the house was designed.
    We'd really like to extend this thinking to at least some of the garden. We're looking for the gardening equivalent to prawn cocktail, chicken Kiev and arctic roll all washed down with a Pina Colada. We'd love to know what plants were a must for the gardener of the 70's - please share your thoughts and memories!!

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