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Spring Refurbishment!

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The first photo shows several shrubs which have been cut too

hard and have never recovered,Consequently,there are large gaps in the growth.Have wanted to have these removed and in place have the fencing extended. This gave us a deeper border in which we were able to plant a

few new shrubs such as Pittisporum,Italian Buckthorn and the potted Fatsia which in time will gain some height inside the fence.

Today was dry and sunny,so the inside of the fencing had a coat of Wilko’s woodstain.

A few people suggested attaching a trellis but rather prefer the clean lines of the fencing.The first photo shows how this area was before we started……the seat was just about on its last legs and collapsed during transportation!

Well,that’s one more job completed for 2016!

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Its looking good - widening a border is often a big improvement when you take the plunge. The variegated pittosporum (if I've got it right?) will look lovely there and make a good contrast to the dark red leaves of the other little bush. All you need now is a new bench so you can sit and admire it...

7 Mar, 2016

 

I agree with Stera, you should have as wide a border as possible, some say at least three feet!! some of ours are, the grass has just got smaller and smaller lol
A lovely choice Pittosporum and Italian Buckthorn, although the Buckthorn neds to be pruned gently to keep it bushy, and the Fatsia will be much better out of the pot.......
you are so lucky to have a natural backdrop to your beautiful garden....

7 Mar, 2016

 

Yes, it looks great Julia. I love the fence colour too! Your garden looks really warm today. We had lovely sunshine all day too. I did manage to get a few jobs done outdoors and a couple of long dog walks. One of the highlights of my day now is arriving at my favourite country park in the mornings with Willow and listening to all the birdsong in the woods. Bliss!

7 Mar, 2016

 

It really is looking good. You have created a very attractive area.

7 Mar, 2016

 

Looks amazing.

7 Mar, 2016

 

That looks so much nicer,Julia,and helps to hide the road too,as well as some shelter for your new shrubs..You are gong to love planting up the rest of your wider border now..well done :o)

8 Mar, 2016

 

Thank you ladies for your encouraging comments.....Stera,have decided not to replace the seat.....I tend to overcrowd new areas.Keeping a hold on my enthusiasm for the moment.Also I'd like the focus to be on the shrubs.
DD for the advice on Buckthorn trimming....the GC guy said it grows to quite a size.

Karen,have you noticed how late in the evening the bird songs can be heard?My son has had regular visits from a few Redpolls.

Thank you Chris and Linda......

8 Mar, 2016

 

No Julia, I cant say I have.

8 Mar, 2016

 

What an improvement and a great colour too. The shrubs look ideal. What I really envy is the lovely curving path you have. We live on clay that moves all the time, so any sort of hard-landscaping moves up and down and is not practical. Shame about the tree, it must have been lovely once!

8 Mar, 2016

 

Not quite sure which tree you are referring to,Honeysuckle?
The one with the silver trunk and branches is a Birch which is thriving well.

9 Mar, 2016

 

Thats a nice bright, modern colour on the fence.I've never been brave enough to try pastel colours but, perhaps I should as one side of our back garden is terribly shady and dull...this may brighten it up.

10 Mar, 2016

 

Looking good M'land, as you said a job out of the way, hope your new shrubs do well for you....

10 Mar, 2016

 

Sorry Meadowland! why couldn't I see that the birch was still there in the after photo? For some reason I thought that was what you disposed of, perhaps new glasses are called for, or more concentration.

11 Mar, 2016

 

No worries,HS.......sometimes the photos are rather misleading.......Many thanks Lincs and Paul......

Paul,there are so many subtle woodstain colours......really good for a shady areas......the Wilko ones are much cheaper and just as good.

11 Mar, 2016

 

I may take the plunge although, only retreated the fenc s last summer (the standard brown)

11 Mar, 2016

 

Meadowland, you have created a beautiful and interesting garden. I wish I was good at design but I don't have the vision. Therefore I have a small square with borders edging a curved lawn. Very ordinary. I would love something OUT of the ordinary but it's not going to happen now. Too old to do the work!

Your garden is great.

13 Mar, 2016

 

Many thanks Arbuthnot.......it does spur you on when you receive kind comments......the garden takes up a great deal of time.......my fault really,always adding to it!

13 Mar, 2016

 

Yes, I know how you feel but I don't have that problem now though I can always find room for just one more plant!

13 Mar, 2016

 

It looks very nice :)

14 Mar, 2016

 

Lucky you,Arb........do you have photos of your present garden?

Many thanks Hywell.:0))

15 Mar, 2016

 

I don't have any decent photos as it's only two years old. Though the garden is older than that the previous occupants didn't bother with it so I've been trying to get colour, scent and insect friendly plants. When the Spring is really here I'll take some pix and post them.

15 Mar, 2016

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