Archive : Design

Oct 13 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 6 comments

Garden Clutter

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Ok – so now I am back in my garden and all I see is clutter and mishmash and an overgrown, totally out-of-control garden. Well, that is not so bad because I don’t particularly like too much order in my garden! They say that weeds are plants that haven’t learnt to grow in rows! But a happy companion growth is good!! All I decided to do today was record the, aah-hem! mess! [...]

Jul 07 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 15 comments

Shabby Chic for the garden

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I have been told that my home is Shabby chic! This is something I have not heard before – where have I been? There is a definition for it in Wikipedia! Shabby Chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. We take pride in making almost all our [...]

May 11 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 10 comments

Miscanthus probe

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Well, Alan – this post has finally been uploaded. You have been patiently asking me to get a closer view of this big question mark – my bold grass and centre piece of my grass feature. I have done a close up inspection of my Miscanthus Sinensis Gracillimus (it was labelled and sold to me as this!). I know that the last post I did of my Grass Feature update you did [...]

Apr 27 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, Perenniels, | 6 comments

Back garden highlighted

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Hi Chris, I have been busy with planting and cleaning and creating and just enjoying the back area of my garden. I know that I have these silent moments where no one knows where I am and what I’m up to – even my hubby looks for me…… I am in my garden. I have become very close to my garden again, now that the time has come to reawaken and refresh [...]

Nov 17 2011 by in Christine's garden, Design, Gardening, | 11 comments

Pattern and Texture

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Donna from Garden Walk, Garden Talk is again hosting her fortnightly “Word for Wednesday” meme – this time the word is Texture. Well actually, its two words this week, Pattern and Texture. I don’t often take part in this meme because the quality of the photography and writing of the participants is intimidating, but this week the theme intrigued me. Donna’s post was incredibly informative and I learnt a lot (Donna is [...]

Oct 14 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 11 comments

Before and after continued ..

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Thank you all for the interest shown in the Before and After! of my front garden. As promised, I have taken the latest photos of the back garden today, so now I can show you the big changes! The Back Garden BEFORE: It was a ruined area, the chickens had taken over the back garden and as any chicken owner knows – I’ve learnt – they scratch and peck until it is pretty much [...]

Oct 12 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 10 comments

Before and After

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I have been watching the growth of my garden and, with the gentle prodding from our friends, I had to do this post to showcase the tremendous change that happened in my small part of the world in the short 6 months since I started my whirlwind, one-woman landscaping exploit. I will do each part separate: I have divided the garden into front, veggie patch (along the side), the fruit tree area [...]

Jul 28 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, | 17 comments

Design beginnings for the back

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Hi Chris, I was busy again this weekend – I don’t know where this energy comes from!! The bags of compost arrived from Nonke – all 30 of them!! They are super heavy and I had to scheme how I was going to bring each one to the back garden. I worked out a 3-phase plan to get each bag into the wheel barrow, whew! I managed to get 15 bags (one [...]

Jul 20 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 20 comments

back-breaking back garden project

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I have finally completed the hard landscaping of my back garden. It has been a gruelling weekend with great weather to help me complete the job! I don’t know where the energy came from, but I was literally in the back garden from sun up to sun down. I think the photos say it all! I was constantly being “assessed” by the chicken brigade! But I did get the final nod by [...]

Apr 14 2011 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, | 5 comments

The great big gardening makeover!

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Hi Chris, I have been so busy with work and stuff this past week, I hardly had a moment free! So now I have to catch up on all my posts I have been saving up! I am so inspired and excited to let you in on my BIG gardening makeover. After our trip to Elgin I have been reading and researching on grasses and paths and designs and permiculture. I am [...]

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