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Garden through recent years

The garden of my house when I moved in with my partner was taller than me with weeds, brambles (so many brambles) and grass. It was also home to more spiders than I have ever seen in my life.

I regret to say I never took a picture of it in its poorest state and the first picture I took was to post on here after I had already started.


The brambles were cleared the year before and the weeds and grass in the above photo had beRB strimmed. I set upon the task of digging it out. It took some time 



Initially my partner wanted a dog run at the bottom, hence the stones, however half way through buidling it the dog was moved reluctantly to a new owner 

Next came the grass 



and this is how she looks today, the plants have matured but the bottom of the garden, where the dog run should have gone is incomplete 

ive begun a seating area in the bottom left which will have a bench and water feature 

ive toyed with a putting green for the bottom right as im an avid golfer but the expense although in my region Isnt worth it for a house we don't intend to stay in for more than another 3-4 years. 

I dont want to spend much more money 

any ideas? 




  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,583

    That's some serious hard work you've done there. Before you do anything else, sit back and let it mature a little bit.....and maybe have a beer or few to celebrate what you have achieved.

  • JadeyJadey Posts: 36

    Wow, what a fantastic transformation! Well done and thanks for sharing, this gives me lots of hope as we moved to a new house last year. Rotten fences, rotten death-trap decking and weeds galore!!! It's taken a full year just to get it looking presentable but it's still far from 'nice' so it's nice to see what can be achieved when you just stick at it :)

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,266

    Well done Peter. Sterling work done there.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • SparklesJDSparklesJD Posts: 344

    Wow, good work!

    I'm the same, very reluctant to spend much when this won't be our 'forever home'.

    A couple of options occur to me, not necessarily mutually exclusive:

    A wildlife area. You could (and would have to) gate it off completely fairly easily and put a small pond or water feature in, and/or you could create some insect and bird habitats with a logpile, great for teaching little ones about nature.

    Alternatively, if you just want to make it presentable, you could grow some stuff to take with you. Put down some bark or gravel like your next-door-neighbours and put some small trees in pots and climbers in a trellis trough. I'm growing blueberries, dahlias, acers, clematis, peonies and lupins (the last more due to SS) in pots on my patio, with bulbs in troughs dotted about.

    Last edited: 10 August 2016 18:20:21

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