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laying the groundwork

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This arrived. 20 tonnes of slate. Fortunately, I didn’t have to move it. One wheel barrow at a time.

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the sacrilegious lawn

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Just been on a flying visit to the new house and took a few, not very good, photos of the garden. The photo above is of the tiny bit of lawn located in front of the house. It’s more decorative than anything and a design feature. The trouble is, I swore off lawns several years ago when I transformed my grassed garden, front and back, into a zen paradise. So, we’re contemplating astro turf for this little patch of green.

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This is the already planted, ready for public consumption, tiny front garden. I probably will do something with it eventually. But not sure what yet. As it stands it doesn’t need anything doing just for the moment.

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This is the left hand side of the rectangular shaped back garden.

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This is the right hand side of the rectangle.

It doesn’t really give you much idea! I’ll try to take some better photos on another day.

But that’s the...

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thinking big


I’ve started a Pinterest board to track ideas I might like to use. There’s going to be a greenhouse, raised beds, some sort of path, edible stuff. Just looking for lots of colour, tall plants and smaller ones to create height. A lot of variety and several different areas within the garden.

I’m probably being over ambitious but why not!

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the tiniest plan


This is a page from one of my smallest notebooks. It shows the extremely rough sketch of my proposed new garden.

Along the back wall, marked wild flowers, are trees. The wild flowers will grow in front of the trees. In the far right corner is the compost heap and along the right hand side is my little wood (a row of trees). I’m planning to plant bulbs underneath the trees and hoping to grow clematis there too.

Further along you can see the roof of the shed. In front of the shed is a pathway.

Somewhere in the middle is a hazel tree, one with the curly branches. Some raised beds for veg - these have since relocated towards the left. And a greenhouse is sitting not far from the shed.

There are bedding plants, a seating area and the must have pergola (that’s the arch).

That’s the plan. I’ll be creating a better plan but that was my initial vision. Watch it as it...

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