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Looking back and realising how much I have learned from you all.

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Last year was a strange year for me in so many ways but one thing that was a constant pleasure was dipping in and out of Goy. I realised today on reflection that I have learned so much about my garden and what grows well. Instead of just relying on annuals for any colour I have been encouraged to turn my interest to plants and shrubs that will have interest all through the year and come again year after year.
From taking advice and receiving encouragement from all of you, the friendly and caring members, I have derived so much pleasure in the garden. When I have been down in spirit I have spent an hour or so in the garden and come back in to look through your new photo’s and blogs and feel much more positive about things even if I have the hot aches in fingers and feet…lol It’s been a treat to share a laugh or chuckle at many of the comments posted. It’s also given me the courage to change things and try some new things too.
The top garden used to be almost bare as nothing much survived up there and now has several plants and shrubs growing well ( thanks to advice about dry shady gardens from you…). Ones that will enjoy this mostly shady,breezy area.

We had decided to buy the summer house for the top garden this year in the early summer (and built it on the windiest day of this year I reckon, nearly getting blown away holding onto the roof panels..lol) It was to replace the lovely pergola that fell down in the last really bad winter. It is nice to sit up there on an evening and look out over the house tops to the countryside beyond. It’s been a boon during this cold summer and great for the children on bonfire night, keeping them snug out of the wind and drizzle while T set off a few fireworks where we could see them and watching the wonderful display in the sky.
Coming back down towards the house the flat lawn border areas where we get the most sun after mid day is filling up nicely and is a riot of colour in the summer with the clematis on the metal gazebo and the annuals and the perennials I put in.

Seeing other members’ Rudbeckias and Daylilies on here really took my eye and I have been so pleased that I bought some along with some stocks and other hardy plants that will hopefully come back every year. .

This has always been my favourite area. The grandchildren can play here safely on the slide and play ball games while we enjoy a bit of sunshine. The pool sits nicely on the concrete circle that T made so we can all have a dip when it gets too warm and if we put the canvas top on, it shields the children while they are splashing about. They water the plants while they are at it……lol. Until the weather is good enough for the pool we stand the big garden seat there and it protects the veg plot from the wind..

This is a photo-stitch of the area (I have been having a play with the camera settings again….lol)

Down another couple of steps from the flat lawn and we look down onto the slope lawns and borders. I decided to change the shape of our slope lawns last March after looking at other members garden photo’s and was so pleased it worked out ok…but see how bare the borders were through the winter months…..

There is a bit more winter interest in there now…

This was the slope lawn during the summer 3 years ago which was totally bare during the winter months and early spring….

It’s nice to see the Snowdrops coming into flower and the ‘Stinking Hellebore’, Helleborus foetidus is a welcome colour at this time of year.


I can’t wait for spring to spring and be able to see all the daffs and tulips making a really welcome splash of colour again. There is so much to look forward to and so many plans to fulfil. Isn’t gardening with friends great…..
Thankyou all so much……….. xxx

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it's been a pleasure to see your blogs and photo's , and seeing your garden change, may it long continue H.b. :-)

19 Jan, 2012

 

great pictures, the stitched one is great and your garden looks really lovely; my sister has a very nice garden shed/cabin; i would love one but my garden is a bit small.

i recently learned how to do the stitching bit on my camera ~ which sort do you have?

19 Jan, 2012

 

A truely lovely garden homebird.

19 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks very much Sl. I love your new grasses and I want to add some to my borders to give more winter interest. Will be looking out for some soon.
The summer house is only 8'x8' and just sat on the hard standing where the pergola had been Sticki. Glad we got it 'cos T put it but up to the shed and cut through to put a toilet in for me . Beats dashing all the way down when I am busy in the garden or the grandchildren can't hold it 'cos they are busy playing.......lol. I have a Cannon Power shot, and I am just picking up how to use it properly.

19 Jan, 2012

 

What a lovely blog, HB. And such a great garden to play with!
I feel as you do about GoY. Although I've only been here a while, I'd really miss it now and all the special, helpful, knowledgeable, interesting folk you meet here.

19 Jan, 2012

 

Thankyou Ojibway....... I am glad you feel the same way.

19 Jan, 2012

 

ah, same as mine HB ~ i got a little guide for mine its very helpful.

19 Jan, 2012

 

You have a beautiful garden Homebird:)))

19 Jan, 2012

 

Wow Hb...Such a fabulous blog and your garden is gorgeous and BIG...I love it, The 'before' and 'after' pic is amazing...thanks for sharing it...:>)

19 Jan, 2012

 

Isn't it amazing what you've done with your garden HomeB! That change in the shape of your lawn has made a huge difference, you can even see the lovely shape from low down...you've made some lovely choices in your plants too, all in all a really grand job!! It's lovely!

20 Jan, 2012

 

You have a really interesting garden HB, and its lovely to see all your changes. Nice to see the snowdrops coming up.

20 Jan, 2012

 

If I remember rightly I think I joined the site the same time as yourself and like you have had so much enjoyment from it and learned so much. I thought your garden was nice back in 2009 but the changes you have made since then have made it extra special, keep the photos coming for us all to enjoy.

20 Jan, 2012

 

You have a lovely garden HB. I really like the top shady area and your re-shaped lawns. It's nice to have different levels to work with, gives a garden added interest.

20 Jan, 2012

 

What a truly lovely garden, HB. I am a bit envious, and what a lot of hard work you've put in, too. I couldn't agree more - GoY not only helps with your garden, it helps to appreciate what you've got and collect some really good and dear friends along the way, too. Long may it continue!

20 Jan, 2012

 

Your garden is lovely really enjoyed your blog and pics:)

20 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely blog and garden Homebird, I really enjoyed it too :-))

20 Jan, 2012

 

Well said , H.b. , lovely blog .

20 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely blog Your garden looks very inviting

20 Jan, 2012

 

Wow - lovely blog, lovely pics - well done you!!

20 Jan, 2012

 

Both the blog and the garden are a treat to see Homebird, I am exactly the same with Goy, I`ve picked up so many ideas and info in the time I`ve been on here and have chatted with people from so many places, something I would never have done before Goy.

20 Jan, 2012

 

Well, what can I say....Thank you all so much. I only wanted to let everyone know how much I have appreciated the guidance and support I have had from you all. Without your photos and information about the plants you have, I would still be buying annuals that only last a couple of months and dashing off as I used to, to buy more where I could still get them as the earlier ones died off or looked rather rough......
I have been encouraged to take cuttings and grow from seed which I always thought was too difficult for me to attempt, and even managed a few clematis cuttings which gave me an enormous sense of satisfaction.
Everyone is so generous and I am very grateful to you. Thankyou all again.

20 Jan, 2012

 

love this blog h.b............ ur garden is a credit to you , i too have learnt so much ............ and so many frends as well !! allways there for a rant or a chat we n u down or elated !! carnt wait for summer , can you lol .................. and ur right bt generous , i thankyou and every one for helping me too ................. love to u all and the hapyest new year !!

21 Jan, 2012

 

Thankyou...and the happyest new year to you too Cristina. Roll on spring. Hopefully won't be long now.

21 Jan, 2012

 

Hi Hb. your garden is beautiful and the changes that you have made, fantastic. You have planted some great shrubs and plants there, what a difference. I, like you just love being on Goy. as you say the kindness and love you get on Goy. is second to none, the friendship amazing and you can always guarantee a kind word if you require one, even a laugh or two which we all need from time to time!

21 Jan, 2012

 

Thankyou so much for your lovely comment Grandmage. Definitely a lovely site to be a member of.

22 Jan, 2012

 

Fantastic garden it is a credit to you

23 Jan, 2012

 

Thankyou Sheds.

23 Jan, 2012

 

That's a lovely blog Homebird and your garden is so lovely. You have all those wonderful trees around it, and the figure of 8 lawn is great! Lots of interest with different levels, and you clearly love your hot coloured perennials! Good for you, you've really improved it all. I feel the same way about being on here as you do, and it's great to know that you have learned a lot, like me! :)) Thanks for sharing your lovely phots and your garden with us!

24 Jan, 2012

 

What a beautiful garden you have Homebird I so enjoyed a stroll .

Will be back again looking in Spring may be surprise of colour .

It was a real pleasure reading your wonderful blog.

25 Jan, 2012

 

Thankyou so much Karensusan and Scotcat. Yes I'm afraid I do love the oranges and reds in the summer lol, but I am trying to include more blues and yellows. I am looking forward to the daffodils and tulips flowering. I am really envious of the members with daffs already open.

25 Jan, 2012

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