Progress so far

I commented on hellotreacles thread about the overgrown garden a couple of weeks ago and artjak suggested that I put some before and after shots on here so here they are. BEFORE

After - three big conifers removed. Surrounding shrubs pruned back hard to let the light in. Masses of bindweed unwound and killed. Gravel layer on the surface and some new plants. Can't wait for all those snowdrops to emerge and the new plants to fill out next year.



  • Daryl2Daryl2 Posts: 452
    Oops - one of the pictures didn't work.

    Try again...

  • Daryl2Daryl2 Posts: 452
    Here's another area that I have just done...


    AFTER - removed lots of the conifer that was growing through the euonymous and generally cut back and re-shaped both. Removed bags full of ivy from under the shrubs. Discovered a patch of cyclamen hidden under the old crab tree on the right. Cut a border edge where the lack of light had killed off the grass and added some heucheras. More perennials going in there later behind the heucheras but I can't decide which. Too many lovely plants to choose from!

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    Daryl2, that is a really lovely garden now, I hope you've given yourself a pat on the backimage

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 2,397

    Wow- well doneimage

    What is in the little circle of stones near the cyclamen, seedlings?

  • Birdy13Birdy13 Posts: 531


    Both sites look reborn. I expect you feel you can breathe again.image

  • Daryl2Daryl2 Posts: 452
    Thank you, Artjak and Pauline.I smile every time I look out of the window.

    Yes, birdy, re-born is exactly the right answer. The house had been neglected before we moved in as there was a very elderly lady here and it has been a wonderful experience discovering what's hidden here. More to come I'm sure as we have not yet seen a winter here.

    Victoria Sponge? How did you see the cyclamen and the stones? I didn't put them on here!
  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Daryl what a transformation bet you are so thrilled with results of all your hard work imageThanks for showing us.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Brilliant work Daryl image

    So satisfying when you start transforming something neglected, and although you will put your stamp on it - as you already have - I bet the old lady that lived there would be delighted that someone was taking over and caring for a garden that was obviously well loved. I know I would be. image

    We have a thread called Garden Gallery for all the pix of our plots, so put some photos on there too as most people regularly look in there. Always nice to see the efforts of some hard work!

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 2,397
    Daryl2 wrote (see)

    Victoria Sponge? How did you see the cyclamen and the stones? I didn't put them on here!


    'Cos I'm amazing image

    I enlarged a photo and it took me to your gallery where I nosed through them all. Now I feel like I've been caught poking through your cupboardsimage

  • Daryl2Daryl2 Posts: 452
    Oh dear. image I must check the settings then because that isn't supposed to happen. When I enlarge them it didn't take me anywhere even though they are my photos. How strange!

    In your amazingness, do you know how to send PMs on this forum as well?
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    At the very top right of the page your name will be there, with a little menu; click on that and follow instructions. You must get the recipient's name right and click on 'check name'.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Victoria - it could be worse -it could be his drawers...imageimage

  • Looks lovely Daryl, lots of hard work involved I am sure but so very satisfying at the end. Nice to see other people's gardens too, always inspiring. Thanks.  image

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 2,397
    Fairygirl wrote (see)

    Victoria - it could be worse -it could be his drawers...imageimage

    I deliberately said cupboardsimage

    It is only garden photos Daryl that you have put on photo bucket. I don't use those sites so I'm not sure how they work...image

    Edit: Oh, in addition to the above way of messaging you can also click on someones name and then 'message me' if their settings allow it.

  • Daryl2Daryl2 Posts: 452
    Or in my case, no HIS drawers but HERS. I'm a rare female Daryl image

    Thanks for the PM info, too. I did use it once but didn't get a reply so I assumed it wasn't working. Now that I've looked again I found a reply. No idea how long it's been there. Never mind, I'll get the hang of it all eventuallyimage

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Oops - sorry Daryl...imageimage

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,107

    Daryl - just stumbled across this thread and love what you are doingimage.  No wonder you smile when you look out the windowimageimageimage

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • Daryl2Daryl2 Posts: 452
    No problem FairyGirl - I'm very used to it ! image
  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 3,749

    Amazing job Daryl, I'd love to get rid of the big conifers at the end of my garden but I would be really overlooked by the neighbours.  If there's one niche in the gardening market it's for someone to come up with an evergreen hedge/tree that grows really quickly and stops when it's about 10ft tall they would make a fortune.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • bazabaza Posts: 538

    Looks great Daryl . i have done something similar with my allotment .it was like a jungle but its taken just over a year to get it the way me and the mrs want it.

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