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Funny thing, I still have dreams about my old home. We lived there from before we were married until five years ago. 18 years in total. It was a small garden and it developed over all those years. There are already some nice photos of it on pages 61 and 62 of my photos, but Jacqui asked for some more.

I went to look for some and it was really strange, I feel really emotional now! I guess it’s not just the fact that is was such a lovely home for all those years, but also the fact that it was summer when I took these! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos…..

A smile came to my heart when I noticed the Cercis Canadensis Forest Pansy in Pictures 10 and 11. That exact same plant is now growing here in my new garden and is about twice as big!

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no wonder you miss it ... it stuning garden !!!just gawguss, such a shame wen you have to leave things x

24 Nov, 2010

 

I wonder how much of it is still intact! Not long ago they had planning application in to replace the conservatory and the decking, but they did love the garden....it sold the house really!

24 Nov, 2010

 

I'm not surprised it sold the house. it has some lvely plants and lines. I'd be sad to leave it too.

24 Nov, 2010

 

Just beautiful, Karen, you can see how much time and thoughtful planning went into it. How many Clematis were in this garden? A former garden of ours has had much of my planting removed, covered with decking and the hedge I so carefully planted was taken out too! I only know this from a chance meeting with my ex neighbour. I refuse to dwell on it. Grrr!

24 Nov, 2010

 

Yes, I think it's better I don't know Shirley!! Not as many clems there as I have here. I brought some with me and left about 14 in situ. All the ones I brought survived....and a few were stolen (yes, stolen) from the front garden of the old place while we drove the van to here.

24 Nov, 2010

 

What a lovely garden Karen....you can see the love you put into it; no wonder you feel emotional about it. Thank you so much for letting us have a peep. I am putting it into GoYpedia "summer colour plants ". It deserves showcasing..

24 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Seaburngirl and Amblealice!

24 Nov, 2010

 

Well done on the Clems surviving. Sounds as though somebody was watching and waiting for you to leave. There's some nasty people out there!

24 Nov, 2010

 

Yes, I think he was, and I think I know who too!!

24 Nov, 2010

 

I bet the day you left you must have been boken hearted - but I'm sure your garden now fills you with good feelings.

24 Nov, 2010

 

Karen....I've been on the Crocus website "dreaming" about what to put on a wish list, prompted by viewing your two pages of photos you recommended to me :) And then I've come back to GoY....and you've done a special blog with all your beautiful photos! I am well impressed and thank you for the effort of doing that for us all to enjoy. I am sorry to make you feel sad though....on a brighter note all your lovely photos will go into GoyPedia.

I really like the layout and of course the maturity of the planting really makes the "old" garden look so wondeful. It is a credit to you that you've been gung-ho to get your present garden into shape...and you're doing that very well too!

Bad that people would steal some of your clematis as you moved...not nice at all.

Really chuffed with your blog, Karen. Thank you so very much.

24 Nov, 2010

 

Karen it was lovely, I especially liked the pool with the waterfeature....

24 Nov, 2010

 

Wow Karen....What a lovely garden. You can tell how much love and WORK went into it. I don't suppose you want a trip out to British Columbia to give me hand and some much needed design tips????!!! LOL

24 Nov, 2010

 

I bags her first, Gilli....lol Then maybe Karen & I could stowaway to B.C. too :) What a plan! lol

24 Nov, 2010

 

Wouldn't that be great Whist? Ah....If wishes were horses....!!

24 Nov, 2010

 

Super blog. What a great garden you had. Hope the new owners have looked after it.

24 Nov, 2010

 

Karen, I am not in the least bit surprised to find this garden looking as beautiful as you new one, it has your stamp all over it, delightful, I would be so sad to have left such a well designed and pretty garden, makes me sad just thinking about it.

24 Nov, 2010

 

It's nice to look back eventhough it can make you feel nostalgic. You had a pretty garden.
I love the arch with clematis - very nice.

I felt like you do now when I posted photos of my garden when I lived in an old cottage, but thinking logically (which I have great difficulty doing, so don't manage it very often) I preffer it living here.

25 Nov, 2010

 

Just another perfection by Karensusan63. What else can I say? She is my number one gardener.

25 Nov, 2010

 

Kfunsters.....no, not really broken-hearted, too excited about starting a new and bigger garden! Sad, yes. I walked around every room saying goodbye to each one and remembering things......the garden too.

WLass....take care of your bank balance on the Crocus site!! Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed doing it too, it's always good to see it again and to remember the happy times there.

Lincslass....thank you. The little pond was as 'eventful' as the deck to get right. We put it in, then realised it wasn't level. The liner was rigid, so had to be drained (me in it with a bucket!), then started all over again! Oh happy days!

Gilli and WLass.....as long as you do all the organising I am very happy to come along!! :))

Geraniumdad.....We'll never know if they have! I have my photos, so the garden lives on in my memory. They did love it though and were both keen gardeners. Design academics by profession, so I think it even has a chance of being improved by them!

Daisy....I tried to do something quite 'different' when I started here five years ago; but it's ended up being pretty much the same garden with similar plants and style...just a lot more of it! I love it.

Hywel, I loved that arch! I loved going in to that decking area. I used to lie out and stretch on the warm timber when it was sunny!! Bliss!

Costakis...At last, someone appreciates me!!! lol!!! ;)))) Thank you very much, that really does mean a lot to me, as plants and gardening are really my passion. I sometimes wish I had realised that sooner in life....but then I would have missed out on some amazing and wonderful experiences in life which I could never regret! I had a lot of fun finding out what I 'didn't' want to do with my life, and I'm sure all of that contributed to my gardening as well in a way! I see a garden very much as a 'sanctuary'...a place for solitude, contemplation, even prayer sometimes, and a place to find peace and appreciate creation. That all sounds very 'high minded' and a bit 'religious' doesn't it.....but that's not me really....I'm just someone who believes in God! Thank you for your comment!

25 Nov, 2010

 

I can't imagine having to leave my garden, so I can fully understand how you must be looking at these pictures very lovingly, but the spooky thing is Karen that your new garden really is starting to look like your old one, its amazing what we do without really thinking about it, we try to produce our own interpretation of paradise and I suppose that image will be with us always, a nice thought eh? ;o)

25 Nov, 2010

 

Yes, indeed, it is a nice thought Dido! Thanks. You are quite right in your observations.....gardening is not really about 'design' at all for me. It is all about 'paradise'!!

25 Nov, 2010

 

What a beautiful garden Karen. I can see why it was hard for you to leave it. Every aspect of it so lovely. Paradise describes it to a tee.

25 Nov, 2010

 

Pretty garden :o)

25 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Rohima and TT! :)

25 Nov, 2010

 

I understand your feelings exactly - same here. :-)

I know that my previous garden and house have changed completely, too - so I won't be going back. I do think it could be very upsetting to see what's been done.

I enjoyed your 'memories' Karen. Thank you for sharing them.

25 Nov, 2010

 

Hello Karen, I'm late again! Your old garden is beautiful, I love the deck and the water feature. I keep meaning to scan some of my old pics but I know that every time I get the box out Ella will join me and we will sit for hours going ahhh & oooooh looking at the old house, the dogs, babies & toddlers.
Always makes me cry but nice tears. It's lovely to see things in old photos that are now growing strong in your new garden :-)))

25 Nov, 2010

 

Yes, that was a lovely realisation...the Cercis! Thanks Annella, I do hope you will have time one day to do a blog of your old garden. Perhaps over the holidays, when you're all cosy at home with your children and a nice glass of Baileys or something similar!! :))

25 Nov, 2010

 

that would have broken my heart to pieces if I had to leave that garden, what a dream, hope you are happy in your new home Karen.

25 Nov, 2010

 

It must have been so sad for you to leave that garden; clearly much work, time and love went into making it look as fantastic as it did.

25 Nov, 2010

 

Good enough for small gardens at Chelsea Karen. I hope your old garden is still as well kept as you left it, though that will take some doing. Where we used to live there was an end house with a lovely garden on full view. He died suddenly and his widow was not a gardener......very sad

25 Nov, 2010

 

A really beautiful garden Karen with so much interest and a lovely place to sit. Such a shame the new owners have changed it but I suppose we all want to put our own stamp on a garden, however lovely it is. The new owners of our old garden fell in love with the very large garden but as it turned out, they were non gardeners and didn't have a clue so it was unused and got very overgrown. Did they think that it looked after itself? Best not to know I think. :o(

25 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Yorks. Lauram, Dorjac and Lily! :PP

25 Nov, 2010

 

What a lovely nostalgic trip into the past Karen, and what a beautiful garden - no wonder you still dream about it. It's kind of you to share it, even though it was emotional for you. But the thing is, if you can make such a paradise once, you can do it again!! x

25 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Shelia...I think my new garden is already nicer. It's certainly a lot bigger! I have a photo of it taken in July on my desktop and it is so colourful with all the roses. The lessons I learned in my first garden have been very useful in this one! Thanks again!

25 Nov, 2010

 

Lovely garden Karen. I particularly like the water feature.

25 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Anchorman!

25 Nov, 2010

 

Phew! thought I was never going to get to the bottom!
Lovely, lovely garden Karen, all those meandering paths, not a straight line worth talking about!
A new garden means some old favourites teamed with new ideas and different plants, bit like life really!

25 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Tetrarch! I recommend the figure of 8 lawn to anyone with a small garden...it's such a pleasing shape and leaves lovely shaped borders to plant up too! The funny thing is, the house we have now, and the garden too....they have the same orientation as the old, and the same shape of garden too. Very short and wide. If I had straight lines it would always look ...short and wide. The curves take the eye away from the shape of the garden which is quite tricky. The idea of the 8-shape was to create a diagonal 'line' across the garden to make it seem bigger. It really worked! In the new garden I have used lawn paths and large island borders to make a meandering 'pathway' across the width of the garden and also to create separate spaces using planting to give the idea of 'boundaries' between the spaces. It also works well. We couldn't have repeated the 8shaped lawn here even if we'd wanted to...too big to work well. So yes, you are absolutely right...old favourites and new ideas! :))

25 Nov, 2010

 

I agree totally with your ideas about curves in gardens Karen.

I've designed a few gardens and a shape I'd recommend for some gardens is the oval.It works really well in odd shaped gardens eg triangular or nearly triangular. It creates nice deep borders ,rounds off all the sharp edges and is very pleasing to the eye and easy to mow. You can have an almost round oval or elongate it to fit.

Here's one I did using an oval on a very awkward shaped garden(Basically triangular but with odd jutty out bits!)

http://www.growsonyou.com/anchorman/blog/11823-another-customers-garden-i-designed-and-landscaped

I also love "S" shaped lawns. They work particularly well on long thin gardens such as those you often find behind terrace home.

This is an example of a s shaped lawn

http://www.growsonyou.com/anchorman/blog/11660-long-thin-garden-makeover

I found some interesting drawings illustrating useful garden designs in an old magazine. I photographed them and put them on flickr. You might find them interesting

Here's a link to them

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31559373@N00/3293251813/in/set-72057594072815906/

The first photo has a link below it to take you to the next

25 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks for the links A..man!

26 Nov, 2010

 

My Wilby lawn was a figure of eight.....Great minds eh?

26 Nov, 2010

 

Well, would you credit it? Amazing Ann!!

26 Nov, 2010

 

Karen, I have not had time to comment on your blog, I am now.... what a beautiful garden you had back then.....his one is equally beautiful too.:))))))

26 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Michaella....you been busy then! Thanks for your comment.

26 Nov, 2010

 

just found this karen sorry, its a lovely garden no wonder it brought back memories for you, love the gravel path, iv been wanting to take my slab stone path up and have a gravel one with stepping stones between, keep hinting but baz just keeps pulling this strange face hahaha,, lovely pics :o))

27 Nov, 2010

 

I've loved seeing your old garden Karen....a practice run for the one you have now...:o) It is especially sad leaving a well loved garden, I felt this way, leaving our first home of 28 years and then the Spanish one. Like you I had so many dreams of our first home, and I would wake up quickly after dreaming I was back there, but knew it wasn't my home, and the new people would be returning soon! Funny thing was, my daughter had very similar dreams for 2 or 3 years.....we were very attached to it and had quite a few unearthly experiences there....we always said the resident spirits didn't want us to leave, so kept us there in our dreams.....:o((

27 Nov, 2010

 

San...best thing to do...don't say a word to Baz, but go out when he's in the house and start doing it yourself. Always works!

Janey....amazing, that's exactly what my dreams are...I'm there but know I shouldn't be there and then the new people come and they are slightly irritated to find me hanging out yet again, uninvited, at their house!! That must have been really hard after 28 years! Still, your new garden is also lovely and walled too!

27 Nov, 2010

 

think your right there karen, lol

27 Nov, 2010

 

Goodness, that was quick!

27 Nov, 2010

 

in the right palce at right time i guess ahha,off now so night karen, have good day tomoz x

27 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks San! Goodnight! :) x. Janey, funny you saying about unearthly experiences. I had a piano in my old house. One day I was having coffee in garden with friend who is 'sensitive' to 'strange things'. I popped off to visit loo and when I came back she said, oh it was nice to hear you playing your piano. The house was originally built for two sisters, one of whom was a piano teacher!....spooky! I don't think she would have wanted me to leave either since I was a singer and used to teach in the house! I hope she likes the new people!

27 Nov, 2010

 

Hi Lass...have just enjoyed a leisurely stroll through your very inviting Garden....not bad for 8.26 am on a very cold winter morning in euroland :o) Its awful having to leave a well established much loved Home and garden, and to start all over seems painful....but it gets done, and we move on, but the wonderful memories are captured for all time, including the spiritual ones....

28 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Crissue! Hope your weather isn't as bad as ours right now!...but it probably is!!

28 Nov, 2010

 

The kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of the birds for mirth
One is nearer to God's heart in the garden
Than anywhere else on earth

Yes Karen I can just imagine you out there on that deck taking it all in.
It was lovely but so is your new one.

28 Nov, 2010

 

Thank you Stroller. :)

28 Nov, 2010

 

Karen....in looking at this blog again I wondered about your water feature. You mention it had a solid liner but I wonder if it had a pump with electrics? Did the water recirculate? I am clueless about these kind of features but I liked the way the water came from the jug. Can you enlighten me?

28 Nov, 2010

 

Yes, of course. The pond liner is ridgid. There is a hose that goes from the pump, through a filter which is supposed to eliminate the algae (don't bother it doesn't work!). The hose goes in at the back of the urn and so the water comes out of the urn and back into the pond! Voila!!....sorry, had two glasses of white Rioja with dinner!! :)))

28 Nov, 2010

 

So would need a pump (electric access)....will look into that in the spring. Thanks Karen.

Enjoy your wine :)

28 Nov, 2010

 

Yes you would. Our electricity was wired to a socket in the wall and the cable hidden among the plants. Cable in armoured casing of course!

28 Nov, 2010

 

I have been trying to get an electrician to come and look for a wall socket before the hard landscaping is started (one more week to go!). We contacted about 3 or 4 and they were all "no shows"....same with getting an outside tap fitted....the 4th plumber we contacted finally kept his appt. so that's getting done on Tuesday. I thought people were short of work but it sure gets annoying when they don't even return phone calls or promise to come and don't show up.

I'll get onto another electrician and see if we can get it sorted before next Monday week.

I was just looking at Sanbaz pond too....that's a beauty :)

28 Nov, 2010

 

No different here WLass...they ususally don't even turn up. Luckily my neighbour is a joiner so these days I get all my contacts from him...it helps! Yes, San's pond is fab!

28 Nov, 2010

 

I came back to look and really enjoyed all the pics again. I loved the urn first time I looked that's why I remembered it :o))

4 May, 2012

 

It was a wedding present for a young friend, and when I realised that they really didn't like it, I got them to give it back to me and I gave them some sheets instead! Poor things, they couldn't tell a lie and it really wasn't to their taste...I think they were totally embarrassed, but what's the point of keeping something you'll never use? ;)))

4 May, 2012

 

Sheets or water feature Urn? Now that's a no brainer for me Lol!

4 May, 2012

 

lol...me too. It was actually an ornamental urn...it was only me that adapted it for use in the pond, which worked fine because it had gone a bit green over the intervening years!

4 May, 2012

 

Ornamental would do me over sheets!! x

4 May, 2012

 

gardening or laundry ...
urns or sheets ...
decisions, decisions ;o) x

4 May, 2012

 

Come on TT! No choice there x

4 May, 2012

 

Gardening forever ...
housework whenever ;o) x

4 May, 2012

 

I missed your later comments on this Karen, isn't that strange about the similar dreams? I had the dream again the other night, and I woke up really agitated that they were coming home from work and there I was again in the house! The thing is I always dream about the same house and garden, but it's not the one we lived in, weird or what???

4 May, 2012

 

Hi Karen, a wonderful walk down Memory lane for sure...and you've worked wonders in your present garden too...just enjoy, don't be sad. Things happen for reasons...x

5 May, 2012

 

Very pretty garden Karen with its winding paths and little nooks. We also took a garden from a rubbish tip to a secluded orchard. Had to sell when we got awful people next door. There is a small close of flats built over it now. So it aint the same anymore.

5 May, 2012

 

Wow Janey...that is exactly like my dreams!!! Isn't that funny? You are the first person I've met who has the same recurring dream as me.....well apart from the obvious, falling down, being naked ones that everyone gets! :))))

Thank you Crissue, its funny because I don't consciously feel sad. I know that the new owners have changed the house a lot and I am really pleased, I think their changes will make it fantastic. So, no, I don't think it's sadness....I love my new house and tbh, the maintainence is easier and the layout much better. I suppose it is just an attachment and so many memories ...and the 'not being able to revisit' thing that makes me have dreams. I would love to go back and look at it all again and see what they have done to it. They are both designers, so it will be great! And it would also give me 'closure' in a way, so that would probably stop the dreaming! Perhaps I should go around and knock their door! lol!

Dorjac...now that IS sad. Having to move because of really bad neighbours is awful. And then the house being obliterated altogether....that would be sad. I hope you like your current home! :))

5 May, 2012

 

New neighbours were utterly gruesome, and we had an offer we couldn't refuse from a developer, who haunted us for years with silly unsolicited offers. Returned at the right moment with a better offer, and wanted our orchard, not the house and its garden....so we settled very well here. Made our own mini orchard. We spent all the money we had from it on a total house and garden makeover......25 years ago. Great fun and glad this garden can be coped at our ages.

5 May, 2012

 

Ah, well good for you! :))

5 May, 2012

 

I'm glad I commented on this again Karen. I still have the Wilby garden dreams but the garden and house have developed in them over time. Alan is there but I always Know he's not coming back, never the 'happy ending' always the real one but in the old house. I think I would have the dreams even if I didn't drive past there everyday. I actually like to see the house and garden as I go by :o))

5 May, 2012

 

Yes, me too. I like seeing it as well. The other day I noticed they'd had the cherry tree pruned and it was looking good....a good job had been done on it. And Rachel's old curtains are still up at the front bedroom window..and our old blinds downstairs. The garden in my dreams is often quite mysterious. It has a stream at the bottom and there is always an 'undeveloped' area and then beyond the stream, a woodland and sometimes a public park with lovely trees and borders.....it can be quite sad to wake up sometimes! But I don't like the ones where I am in the house and I know they are coming home, or they have come home and I am soooooo embarrassed to be there! Funny isn't it? Glad we had this little re-visit too! I believe the dreams are telling us all that we still have attachments to the old places and unresolved dilemmas or painful feelings and associations. I suppose that is obvious really....sorry! ;)

5 May, 2012

 

No don't be sorry I like being there, just wish Alan wouldn't turn up all the time! Last time I visited in my dreams there was an extension on the side and I was sitting on the roof....

5 May, 2012

 

Sometimes I think my dreams about the old place are more to do with how I 'wish' it had been, than about what it really was.....the path, the stream, the woodland etc.

5 May, 2012

 

Karen, you had a beautiful garden back then and your present garden is as beautiful too, they are both fabulous! :)))

5 May, 2012

 

Thank you Michaella. I was in that house for 18 years, so in 12 years time this one should look as good as that one did...or perhaps better! :))

6 May, 2012

 

...note to self...LABURNUM! :))

6 May, 2012

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