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New garden new start!

Just wanted to make a brief intro and say hello, I'm sure I'll be around a lot in future having just taken on a new garden which is already amazing but will need a lot of work! No doubt I'll be back for tips and advice and will share progress as I go.

Briefly... Like many others over the last couple of years I'm now working from home 99% of the time with a monthly trip to London. So why not move north to be closer to the family and get twice the house for half the money?!

The new place in North Wales has an amazing plot which previous owners had a professional design drawn up for. They did all the hard work, landscaping and I reckon about half the designed planting scheme. Then unfortunately their circumstances changed and they had to sell up. So the garden went a bit wild although currently the bees and birds are loving it! (The rabbits too until my dog arrived!)

What we have;
Massive semi-wild lawn - will keep but tidy in places. Full of clover :smile:
Small fruit orchard - apples, pears, cherries. - pruning required.
A strip of approx 30 metres x 4 metres top terrace - wildflowers, fox gloves everywhere!
middle terrace - rough lawn and various berries.
Front sloped "rock garden" looks perfect for alpines. - overgrown with climbing rose.
Ferns going well in many shady spots!
Semi formal bed - currently over run with buttercup, geranium, aquilegia, cow parsley.

Plan for this year is just to keep on top of things, remove a million self seeded ash trees and observe the seasons. Hopefully by the end of the year will have completed a few 'small projects'.

Fence and gate off future veg plot (dog proof)
Remove turf dig over, build raised beds and manure over winter (riding school next door!)
build compost heaps.
Dig wildlife pond.
plant native hedging along top terrace.
Lay base and build greenhouse.

So not much really! I'm sure there's also a few bits that need doing in the new house but that can wait :smiley:

Look forward to 'meeting' you all and doing my bit where I can.


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,680

    it would be lovely to see some photos.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Of course being Wales it's been a bit too damp for much photography but here's a few. Gasp at my amazing temporary dog fencing!

    What's general best practice around here for an ongoing 'Garden Diary'? A single ongoing thread or separate posts?

  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    Oh lovely, looks like you have lots to play with there! Cant wait to see how you progress it. Its fine to use this thread as a diary (or start a specific one)
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,649
    Welcome @mike_ruddell. Thanks for the photos.

    Have you done gardening before? It sounds idyllic, I hope you enjoy making it your own. Feel free to come here and ask questions.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • thanks Jelly. I may do a monthly general update in a new thread and separate threads for any specific questions. Hopefully you guys are fairly relaxed about this? A few forums I've used are a bit strict and ban people for posting in the wrong section! Just tell me if I'm out of line!

    Annoyingly my new office looks lout across the garden so I'm getting zero work done, watching the birds and plotting my moves for the weekend! :wink:

  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    haha, I know that feeling, mine is the same. The forum is very relaxed for that, most people just order posts by newest I think. Update the diary as you say, and then specific questions in separate posts will get you better responses 

  • Welcome @mike_ruddell. Thanks for the photos.

    Have you done gardening before? It sounds idyllic, I hope you enjoy making it your own. Feel free to come here and ask questions.
    I've done quite a bit over the years with varying degrees of success! At the last house it was going really well until we got a dog... Now that this is a forever home and I'll be there a lot more I plan to build dog proofing in from the start and take my time!

    Idyllic is spot on! Apart from a bit of farm traffic the road is so quiet! Only been here 2 weeks but on the few dry evenings there have been sitting outside watching the sunset with wine in hand is heavenly!
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,649

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • by the way. Is it possible to edit my username? Would prefer something more anonymous.
  • didywdidyw Posts: 2,898
    Looks lovely!  I didn't bother changing my username as it would feel a bit odd with people having got to know me to suddenly pop up as someone else!
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