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Complete Makeover

mossy

By mossy

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A very nice couple asked me to design and build a new low maintenance back garden, to replace the existing one which was crumbling and breaking up.

I had the assistance of two very good hard landscapers (who I have worked with for quite a while) and a blacksmith as well as my assistant.

I included a water feature, water cascading down a large piece of slate, surrounded by 12,000 year old wood pinacles (tree trunks submerged by the sea in flooded forests – which I am fanatical about).

Although we were badly hindered by the weather, it is now complete (just a few days before I leave for France for the summer).

The pictures show before, during and after the work.

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Comments

 

That is fabulous!

25 Jul, 2012

 

Mossy that is a fantastic change, I expect the couple are delighted and how easy it will be to maintain now. I love the water feature and pinacles the whole garden is truly beautiful.

25 Jul, 2012

 

Great make over. While I find it too much hard landscaping for me, I like the choice of paving and of course I realise it will soften as the plants grow. However, I do especially like what you have done to the side walkway as this is an area hard to get right because of the problems they can throw up.

25 Jul, 2012

 

oh that is fabulous, i really love the sandstone paving and those wood pinacles but my favourite is probably the slate with the water, i would love that in my garden.
those lucky people having a garden transformed for them!

25 Jul, 2012

 

Thats brilliant. Love all the curves and raised bedding. Ideal for when one is getting older and needs something easy to maintain. Well done.

25 Jul, 2012

 

What a transformation! Lovely.....

25 Jul, 2012

 

What an imaginative design, Mossy! I particularly like the changes in levels and the pinnacles. The couple must be delighted . . . merveilleuse :))

25 Jul, 2012

 

Lots of hard work there , Mossy , well done .
The weather must have been a big hindrance .
Hope you have a good summer in France !

25 Jul, 2012

 

Thats absolutley brilliant Mossy..well done! They must be really pleased with that :) Nice to see you back on again too..how is your own garden doing? :)

25 Jul, 2012

 

That is some makeover - truly gorgeous! How happy they must be. I love the colour chosen for the landscaping, the water feature and the side passage looks perfect!

25 Jul, 2012

 

Fantastic - what a transformation!

25 Jul, 2012

 

That looks so good, I am of the same opinion as Denise, it wouldn`t do for me personally but I can see its appeal, I do however love the design of it all, the water feature and the wooden pinacles, also the walled gardens....

25 Jul, 2012

 

That's a fantastic transformation keeping everything that was worth saving and the paving is so beautiful! Love that unique and dramatic water feature...the wood is incredible Mossy. Well done!

25 Jul, 2012

 

By 'eck lad tha's done a reet good job there. It is really, really lovely mossy. Very impressed.
Have a good hols in France. Jx

25 Jul, 2012

 

Mossy's done it again. Did you open your own garden under the NGS scheme - I seem to remember you posting about it some time ago?

25 Jul, 2012

 

Alan T eat your heart out.......love the Indian sandstone paving? the walling, well all of it really, delightful Mossy.

25 Jul, 2012

 

Love the garden beautiful it is just what one needs when you get older and unable to bend but still want a garden!! I am getting there!! I have been looking at your garden and love that as well so interesting.

26 Jul, 2012

 

I LOVE it, Fabrice - what a brilliant transformation - Lucky couple. There's nothing, however, that will ever match the garden that is your own: I quite often go into my favourites just to look through all your pictures and marvel at the difference from what you took on to the finished effect.

26 Jul, 2012

 

Thank you all very much for your very nice comments, it is an elderly couple who asked for the makeover and wanted as larger a patio as possible so they could socialise (the existing two level patio was larger then now, terribly built and breaking up).

I was able to persude them to increase the size of the original narrow straight flower beds by 80%, I wouldn't call this a garden but more of a courtyard.

Sadly the only wooden fence along one side of the house which should have been replaced, belonged to the neighbours next door who refused my customers offer to pay for a replacement fence.

Yes Kfunsters, I did open my garden for the NGS on two occassions. They both went very well, all the visitors were very nice people and I have made some new friends and I will do it again next year.

Pixi25, my garden is looking the best it has since I built it as things are maturing nicely.

Once more, thank you all very much, I hopefully leave for France tomorrow by Eurostar, if these Olympics (which are 10 minutes away) do not delay me on the Underground. I hope you all have a wonderful summer.

26 Jul, 2012

 

That looks brilliant even in the rain.

26 Jul, 2012

 

Looks wonderful. I do like Fatsia and they work really well in a landscaped garden. The landscaping will soften over time with the growth of the plants. I picture a nice table in the paved area and the only thing I would add is some small planters of red/pink flowers around the step around the patio doors.

26 Jul, 2012

 

Enjoy your holiday in France Fabrice, all being well we will be back next year, so sad not to be going this time.
Very pleased your open garden went well, good for you to open again next year...all the best from DD. x

26 Jul, 2012

 

Once more thank you all so much for the nice comments. Yes Kildermorie, you have a very good eye, I plan to put some rich orangy red or some pink like shocking pink around the patio doors, the gate and the fagus. I completely agree with you that fatsia are absolutely beautiful architectural plants. I just don't know why in this area it is so difficult to be able to obtain varigated ones, that I dearly love.
Yes Dottydaisy I am sure I will enjoy my holiday in France and am looking forward to seeing my family.
Kind Regards to you all, Fabrice

26 Jul, 2012

 

Wow, beautiful transformation. That would be so lovely to come home to that all finished for you! Great use of space and the "hard" features are just gorgeous!

27 Jul, 2012

 

Absolutely fantastic job. It's looks amazing. I'll bet the owners are really pleased with it.

27 Jul, 2012

 

It's in my faves Fabrice. Jx

27 Jul, 2012

 

I have a special desktop file dedicated to Mossy's pictures, otherwise they would overwhelm my ordinary "faves".

27 Jul, 2012

 

Good taste then Gat :o)

27 Jul, 2012

 

Enjoy your time with your family Mossy......

27 Jul, 2012

 

Jane, you should know me by now - I have impeccable taste, otherwise I wouldn't be on this blog site :o)

27 Jul, 2012

 

Lol :o)

27 Jul, 2012

 

looks wonderful!

29 Jul, 2012

 

Thank you all again for your very nice comments and Gattina, I take it as a great compliment that you have a separate file for my pictures.

29 Jul, 2012

 

Fabulous, I love all the little winding walls.......you'd certainly give Alan Titchmarsh a run for his money!!

30 Jul, 2012

 

Cosmosjane, You will come to know that while Mr. A. Titchmarsh is a B list minor t.v. celebrity with quite a winning smile and a bit of dirt under his fingernails, Mossy is a proper gardener with CLASS! LOL!
(I'll apologise now, before I get loads of hate mail from A.T.'s fan club) :o)))

30 Jul, 2012

 

Wow, I agree with everyone Mossy, you've done a fantastic job it looks stunning now, and especially if you're an older couple, very low maintenance....:))

30 Jul, 2012

 

That really is a superb transformation. It's much easier on the eye with those curves. The new borders are a much more sensible width and depth and easier to maintain. Well done!

31 Jul, 2012

 

Amazing Mossy I just came across your wonderful blog thankyou for sharing.

26 Apr, 2013

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