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diydick

By diydick

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Hi all fellow gardeners,
I thought I would start a blog for those who may be interested as to what I am going to do in the re-designing of my garden.
It started off as needing to dismantle my garden shed for repair work,the floor has got wet one side and rotted through and the roof and part of the bottom on one side is in need of repair.Basically these parts need replacing.
That is how it all started.
A few weeks ago I decided that a couple of trees had overstayed their welcome and needed to be removed.This I have done,which has really opened the space up.
Then….BING! or DING! which ever you prefer, another idea came into my head………oh dear! not another idea.
If I dismantle the shed for major repair work, why not move it to another location in the garden…but where?
OK, if I was to remove another large tree and atleast another 2 conifers and the waterfall and stream it could go there.Thats a lot to remove just for a shed.
But moving the waterfall close to the pond and taking out those few trees will stop so many falling leaves getting into the waterfall and stream,open the garden up more,make good use of the space where the shed was,build a better rockery elsewhere,make the garden tidier,get more garden planting areas etc etc……………..ok that’s good enough reasons.
In a few days time I will be having my annual leave for just over 2 weeks,work will start in a few days time with some major changes taking place.
I am undoing a lot of previous hard work in areas just to start it all again. But I love a challenge and want the garden to look different with many more plants and feature areas.I hope it works!
I will try to blog most days as to its progress, if anyone is interested in following this… feel free.
I hope people can get inspired by this and I get equal inspiration from people on here
Thanx Richard (Diydick)

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I'm exhausted just thinking about all that work, you're a person with bags of energy ;-)
I like new projects too, they keep the garden fresh and new :-)

28 Jul, 2010

 

Great Richard, I for one will definitely be following your progress. So make sure you keep us updated lol! I'm sure it will be wonderful in the end. Good luck and maybe you could send me a few bags of your energy lol! :o))

28 Jul, 2010

 

Just goes to prove we can all make mistakes but we can also make sure our garden changes to suit us. You have a mammoth task for just two weeks but it is leave remember - holiday time. Enjoy and Goyers are with you - in spirit anyway.

28 Jul, 2010

 

I advise lots of cups of builders tea to keep you going!!!!! Good luck with the makeover, it will be exciting to see your progress

28 Jul, 2010

 

good luck ,i hope the weather holds out for you. i will be following your progress too.

28 Jul, 2010

 

Look forward to see the progress piccy's ! Good luck. Think you might need a guiness or two !!

28 Jul, 2010

 

thanx for your comments so far,and to Scotsgran, It will not be completed in the two weeks for sure as I have a lot of dismantleing to do and undergroung pipework and cables to dig up and re-route.Also trees to chopdown and get rid of.I will also be scraping back a fair bit of earth in places to take some of the slope out of the garden.I estimate atleast a week to do this work but not sure what problems I will run into yet,this alone could take longer than anticipated
Once the areas are cleared I need to put down another base for the shed.l will try to rest up a bit now and again,atleast for a coffee or two lol.Well i'm actually off today and think it is about time I got out there and make a start.

28 Jul, 2010

 

It sounds like 2 weeks of hard labour Diydick!...lol. Hope the weather stays kind to you and I look forward to seeing the "after" pics. Good luck and keep hydrated!...:o)

28 Jul, 2010

 

like everyone said before me sounds like a lot of hard work, but good luck and I hope everything goes as planned, maybe you could blog pictures daily so we can keep up with you as the work progresses.don't over do it,

28 Jul, 2010

 

Thanx everyone,I hope the weather stays good too Dylandog and I will try to put a few pix up as work progresses Yorkshire.Well thats my coffee break over ....back to it!

28 Jul, 2010

 

Good luck - it'll be interesting to see your progress....:-))

28 Jul, 2010

 

As all here have said , Good luck, I`m sure you`ll need it with such a mamoth task ahead.
Please take plenty of pics as you progress we shall be looking forward to them.

28 Jul, 2010

 

phew..good luck with all the hard work to come,i think the lady in the first pic may need a bit of sun cream lol..

28 Jul, 2010

 

good luck with all your work , look forward to seeing it all finished, clearing trees and stumps is hard work, we did it this year to make way for pond, but all worth it ;o))

28 Jul, 2010

 

If you have time Diy can you please tell me what those lovely pink leaved with red edges plants are in your pots. Colour wise they look like coleous but they seem to be shrubby. Hope you did not overdo it today. A tip from a long forgotten gardening programme - the first time you go out to do a lot of work in the garden after a period of relative inactivity take an aspirin before you start. It saves all that stiffness we all suffer from the following day.

28 Jul, 2010

 

Hi Scotsgran,
I'm sorry I cannot tell you what the red leafed plants were.This pic was taken last year and the plants did not return.I don't think they were Coleus as they normally have a velvety look to them (I have one in another pot).These plants had very shiny looking leaves.I keep all the labels next to the plants when I get them if I'm not sure what I brought,if they don't come back I throw the label away.At the moment I have a Red Dragon (Persicaria microcephala) in the large pot which I put in there in the Spring,it's doing quite well now,If you look at last pic on here you can see it.
If anyone else can help with the name it would be much appreciated by Scotsgran I'm sure.
Thanks for the tip, I just took 2 Ibuprofen as I know I will ache tomorrow.A few weeks ago I used a tree loper to cut large branches off of two trees before I cut them down, then used a pick axe and mattock to get the stumps and roots out,it was hard work and I walked around like a gorilla the following day (hunched over cuz of back ache and I could not put my arms down by my sides,picture it lol,) and yes I did over do it lol.

28 Jul, 2010

 

I would be very pleased if someone can ID them thank you. I did say one aspirin DIY, Ibuprofen are a lot stronger so I hope they do not knock you out.

29 Jul, 2010

 

it looks like bloodleaf to me scotsgran,

29 Jul, 2010

 

I have had a look at bloodleaf on the internet Sanbaz and it describes it as an annual shrub. It could be that, which means you would need to take cuttings to keep it going from year to year, but the colour could make it worthwhile.

30 Jul, 2010

 

yes it is annual scotsgran so i guess yoyr right would have to take cuttings, lovely colours

30 Jul, 2010

 

Blimmey, I thought I was the only one with thoughts that run riot leading to small changes turning into big projects but you beat me hands down. I am exhausted too just reading about your plans. It will be great to watch your progress through your blogs and photo's though. Keep them comming.

2 Aug, 2010

 

I shall Homebird

2 Aug, 2010

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