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Can You Imagine How I Felt....When I saw My Old Garden??

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As most of you know, I moved in December after nearly 12 years at our last house.I was devoted to my garden(and I like to think it showed) and was a litlle surprised that a young couple who both worked full time bought our property.But, they said they liked the idea of the veg patch and the front garden with all the big borders were perfect. I was always worried that any purchasers would pave over most of the front garden for parking cars on so, this was music to my ears.
Now, i know its not my concern anymore but I cant help but see it as I go back to the area 6 days a fortnight to look after my customers’ gardens. Most of whom live within half mile of the old house (and, some of them, right opposite)
Photo 1 , 2 and 4 are the front garden and photo 3 (taken through the trellis) is of my beloved veg patch!!!! Not many veg growing there.


The front garden borders have had absolutely nothing done to them.Seed heads that were left on for the winter are still on…not a single plant has been dead headed and stakes/supports that blew over in the winter are still laying on the floor.The beautiful Peony is about to bloom but most of the blooms will be laying on the floor. I feel sorry for the neighbours who have to look out on it all.

All that’s been done is the grass has been cut once and it looks like ,maybe, the box hedge has been trimmed(not sure) The garden, actually, doesn’t look as bad in the photos as it looks in the flesh! One of my former neighbours tells me that they had about 6 people from the local ‘MIND’ charity there a few weeks ago to cut the grass (the only time it had been done this year) and a few other jobs.What a shame they haven’t had them back as it would help the charity and the volunteers who probably find it a welcome chance to get out in a garden with other people.Not to mention help keep the garden look better.
At the moment, it’s only the wildlife benefitting from the garden(which is one good thing)
So, all I can do for now is look back on how it used to look. Sorry to those of you who saw these pictures over the years on my previous account ‘Paulthegardener’ but, hopefully,soon, I’ll have some pictures to post of my new garden.


Aaaaah, nostalgia isn’t what it used to be….is it??
Happy gardening
paul

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My dad had a wonderful garden. I had lived in that house for twenty- five years and visited my parents for the next thirty years. When they were both gone and we sold the house I used to dream about going back and fixing the garden. I hated passing in the car and seeing it uncared for.

15 Jun, 2015

 

Yes, even worse, I should think, when it was your family/parents home .

15 Jun, 2015

 

Ah...now thats what happens when you like the 'idea' of a garden, but are too busy working to pay the mortgage to keep it. I'm so sorry you have to see it Paul. :(

15 Jun, 2015

 

But, the girl's dad is there frequently, evidently.I saw his car there today.wouldnt do him any harm to run the mower round.I bet he's only interested in extending the house into the side garden and paving the front garden over.

15 Jun, 2015

 

This is what happened to us! We love on the same street as my grandparents house which is no longer owned by our family and the whole 1 acre of beautiful garden is now buried beneath a field and to make things worse our other family member lives in the house next door and that's immaculate but we have to what's happened to the other side

15 Jun, 2015

 

Oh Paul
What upset me was your lovely lavender circle I so loved it! but as the old saying goes life must go on so Forget It ! and just show us your new garden which I ,am sure will be beautiful , as my old grandma use to say there,s more to life than we think there should be ! :-) and also each to his own comes to mind ...

15 Jun, 2015

 

I remember your lovely lavender in the front garden paul... what a shame they arnt looking after it all... but thats the way people are these days to busy to do it.....!!!!
Its a shame you have to go back and see it...
but onwards and upwards paul... you have a new garden to take care off... look forward to seeing it soon...

16 Jun, 2015

 

That made sad viewing Paul.
Thank goodness you have a permanent record of how lovely it used to look.
They say we must never go back to a place but you have no choice. Maybe one of these days they will have tidied it up at least, when you pass by.

16 Jun, 2015

 

That's such a shame Paul. It's hard to see such a beautiful garden go like that.

We sold my mans house a couple of years back and even though it's just round the corner from my moms house I do my best not to go past. I'd hate to see what's become of her lovely garden.

16 Jun, 2015

 

Thanks for your comments everyone. I was little shocked the first time I saw it looking bad but have not been surprised as it's got worse and worse.just wish, really !I'd taken ,ore of the plants but I couldn't do that.They should get the house and garden they saw when they viewed it but, it's clear, they'll all be gone one day when they turn it into a concrete car park.
Yes, my new garden is now my priority and I hope to put a few shots on here soon.mainly the groundwork(not particulalry interesting ) so far and hard
Y anylanti g.But, hopefully that will start to change in a few weeks.But, my greenhouse is up and running and my veg patch is all dug and raised bed framework built(just a bit more topsoil and manure to get and put in) but I won't be growing much in it this year(a bit too late) .And, I've stone chipped the area around our new shed and where the cold frame is now sited.and a bit of colour in pots only for this summer .

16 Jun, 2015

 

Paul, I feel for you and I understand exactly how you feel. My old house which we moved from almost 7 years ago, was bought by a young woman who said she loved the garden and even asked us we would leave many plated planters. Since then we've driven bu the property to see it has developed into a wilderness and the potted plants dead or dying through neglect. It's heartbreaking and had we known what would happen we at least would have taken our planters with us. I'm glad you have a new garden to enjoy take comfort in that, it's what I do. :) :)

16 Jun, 2015

 

Thanks Waddy....yes , I'm starting to get going in my new garden now....slowly(as not been too well one way and another) but things are progressing and I'm quite pleased.Just wish I didn't have to go past my old garden so often when going to work.

16 Jun, 2015

 

The message from this tale of woe, is, if you are selling
and moving, the previous winter months put all your plants in large pots. Next spring take them with you !

16 Jun, 2015

 

You can't just do that Diane.Imagine how you'd feel if you bought a house with a garden full of plants , only to move in and find them all gone.I'm not that ruthless, the young couple loved the garden and that's what helped us sell the house.I did have lots of plants in pots which, of course, I have brought with me and I also took divisions and cuttings from some of the plants and potted them up but there are only so many pots one can move with them.My new back garden still has rows of pots lined up against the fences, awaiting borders to be planted in.

Oh, and by the way, I moved in December...not spring.
It, naturally is upsetting to see something we loved being neglected, that's all!

16 Jun, 2015

 

It must have been distressing for you to see the state of your old garden. Other people don't think like us gardeners. Maybe you shouldn't have gone back there.

My old cottage is on the main road and I pass it sometimes. The shrubs have grown wild and so high that you can hardly see the cottage now. I try not to look at it.
The man told me before buying it that he wasn't interested in the garden so I am not surprised at the state it's in.
But it is for sale again now, and maybe the new owners will look after it better.
Perhaps the same will happen to your old garden in a few years :)

17 Jun, 2015

 

How sad for you, Paul. I expect the young couple thought they could maintain the garden, not realising how much work is involved. Seeing a garden in beautiful condition, it is hard to understand that - left to itself - it will deteriorate frighteningly quickly. Thank goodness you've got your new garden to develop.

17 Jun, 2015

 

Yes...but they could cut the grass Melchisedec!!
I go past it virtually everyday, Hywell, so it's difficult to avoid. I also work in a few garden right near it...one of them just directly across the road. I park outside my old garden....so, I shall just have to try and avert my eyes..ha ha!

17 Jun, 2015

 

Maybe there should be a new sales terminology -
' House for sale without plants in the garden so expect
to bring your own with you in the removal van. '

Or a new job description
' Enthusiastic jobbing gardener available to restore
neglected gardens and bring good cheer to previous
house owners. '

17 Jun, 2015

 

Ha ha....not sure the estate agents would go for that!!!
But, I'm concentrating on ,my new garden now(I've just posted a photo blog of my early progress)
I shall try to avert my eyes when passing my former garden, in future!

17 Jun, 2015

 

Yes, Paul, that is true. 😕

18 Jun, 2015

 

What a sham; I would have loved your garden.

22 Jun, 2015

 

Not everybody is as keen as us, it would seem Miriam.I am just surprised they bought a house with so much garden!

22 Jun, 2015

 

Your new garden is looking great already; well worth all that hard work. I don’t know how anyone could let a lovely garden like that; go to waste. I would really be upset too

22 Jun, 2015

 

Just haven't got the time, I suppose...busy working to pay the mortgage.i love gardening but, I suppose it's more of a chore if you aren't so enthusiastic.

23 Jun, 2015

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