Before and After

djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 212

apologies for the self-indulgence, but thought id post up some pics of an area transformed this year which is now 1,000,000% better than it used to be, i'm so pleased with how its turned out. much better than I expected

Originally, the plot in question was FAR worse than this first photo, however unfortunately this is the first photo i took during the clearing of the area (around March):


 next stage, some weeks later (Early April):


 now, within the last few weeks, after plantings were done in late April, the area now looks like:


 loads and loads of these all over the area constantly:


 and finally, my personal favourite, one of the 2 coreopsis:


on the area now exists 2x coreopsis, 2x verbena bonariensis, 2x dwarf buddleja, 2x echinacea, 2x veronica, 3x lavender, 2x hebe, 2x choisya, 3x viburnum tinus, 2x dianthus, 2x scabious, 2x digitalis purpurea, 2x cerastium, 2x erigeron, 1x erysimum. bees, butterflies (so many species), and some metallic green beetle or fly (?) that is all over the erigerons.


once the choisya and viburnums put some decent growth on, the whole area is going to be looking pretty mint, give it a few years or so maybe!



  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,426

    Djjjuk, it looks amazing and I would say full on mint already! image

    I bet you are well proud imageimageimage

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Please dont apologise, i love seeing this sort of thing, you are rightly proud image
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,768

    A transformation image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Looks fab Djjjuk, I love before and after pics.image

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,409

    That's brill djjjukimage

    Some lovely plants there- so colourful, looks wonderful. I also like the fact you have left the stump in placeimage

  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,105

    You are right to be proud, looks great..  Did you build the wall?  fab looking wall!

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • Astonishing!!!!    Congratulations!   Isn't it great when things work out even better than expected?

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,762

    No need to apologise dj. You've done a terrific job, and worked very hard to get there. 

    Hope things are going well for you now. image

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 212

    Thanks for the responses everyone image

    @Victoria Sponge - ha, kind of left in by default, as it was WAY too much effort to get out! but it will fade into the background once the bigger shrubs establish.

    @Lily Pilly - ha, i wish! funnily enough, that wall looks terrible now compared to what it was (dad reversed into it a few years back, doh! and smashed loads of it).  

    @Fairygirl - Thank you image everything has fell into place. in my flat, on my balcony i now have 3x lavenders - which seem to be doing decent in morning sun only. i also have a skimmia, a small acer, a heuchera, a bamboo and i have just this weekend potted up a load of pansy and violas. looks much better than a bare sad looking balcony and railing image

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    Well done, it looks lovely. A lot of work well rewardedimage

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