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Welcome to my garden

I am seeing the results of all the hard work and love that I have put into my garden these last few months. With spring on its way, it is looking like a loving space where I can wander and stay awhile. The grass is green and lush – thanks to Neutrog Blade Runner and all my newly planted shrubs are already showing signs of flowers. I am now reaping the rewards and all the big landscaping projects are completed – for now! I will now sit back and watch my garden grow.  But first … I will still need to sow my vegetable seeds in September!

[one_half]Feels very welcoming[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The lawn is so green![/one_half_last]




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Wooly winter

Hi Chris, It was been a wet and cold week so far and in the evenings out come the warm woolies! It is really and truly winter and you will usually catch me with a blanket wrapped around my waist! I have been threatening to get wood for the fire for weeks now – but still no wood!

I have been reading up on all my The Gardener magazines because all I can do right now is plan my back garden. It is still too wet to work in it and we still need to complete the back garden wall for privacy. I have been going through all the garden design books you lent me. I have no idea how it will look but I have a few ideas I want to incorporate. Hopefully this week, I will be able to have a sketch of my back garden.

Hope you have a great week ahead. Xx

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Project Back garden starts!

Concrete removalHi Chris, hope you are enjoying your garden! I have had a busy work week, but with a public holiday yesterday I took the opportunity to do some heavy work in the back garden and I managed to convince my wonderful (and muscular) hubby to help tear down the ugly washing lines I so dislike! I don’t think you even know this area because it is hidden from sight behind the shade cloth screen. It was not such a simple job as we both thought. I had visions of us pulling out the small concrete “feet” the poles were set in and put the kettle on for tea! Well, we eventually had to hire a jack hammer – a zooper-dooper industrial one – to breakdown these colossal concrete beds to pick-up size chunks! Wow! I was amazed at the over-engineering to hold up a few washed towels and sheets …… and all that concrete you see in the foreground….there was just as much in the hole at the back (near the gate).

Here is my strong-man! What would I do without him???

We finally pulled all the concrete out of the ground and now we have reclaimed a huge piece of garden that was wasted with this huge washing line. It must be at least 20 square metres worth of plantable ground! So now we are really and truly starting the back garden. I’ll keep you up to date on our progress!

Some before photos – this is really a clean and virgin canvass to work on! A landscaper’s paradise! 🙂

[one_half]Back garden project 1[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Back garden 2[/one_half_last]

Happy gardening this weekend! xxx

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Plan for the front patch

DrawingHi Chris, Your suggestion about adding grasses into my front patch has really got me thinking. I’m going to totally revamp this old lavender patch – shame, they have had a good 4 years. So – I am going to pull all that out and start fresh! I sat having a coffee and sketched out, more or less, what I see for this front section. I have the dry river bed effect that has already been done (just totally hidden by the lavender) and adding grasses beside it and my special Leopard tree in the one corner, bringing in some hight and a tree in the front area. I just love the look of this tree. The patchy bark and the soft foliage. Just beautiful. But the winner will be the selection of grasses. I have to be very careful with this to get the right effect! I would appreciate any professional advice on this topic. Me being a total novice at this!