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By raketje


After having lived in a flat with two challenging balcony spaces (one searingly hot and the other dark and dismal) for many years in Arnhem, the Netherlands, with little space to garden in apart from the ‘landscaped’ yard at work, I finally have a garden I can call my own. My partner loves it just as much as I do, in fact if it hadn’t been for him I doubt there would have been a garden at all. I hated the cottage we moved into at the beginning.
Mind you all I could see was the dirt and the grime the previous tenant had left behind and it took us a while before anything could be done with the garden, but in a little over two months a transformation has taken place.

Gone is the 5 by 20 meter strip of lawn with a shed at the back of the garden, a patio area just outside the conservatory and two small ponds to the right (one with Fred the goldfish, the other filled with waterlilies) surrounded by conifers and a birch tree growing in a large pot to the right.

In it’s place are beds I have filled with plants with many more to come. Most of the plants we bought from the nursery just up the road, the rest are from cuttings and seeds we have planted.

I wish I had taken some photos to show what the garden looked like before we started working on it, all I have is the picture I took of the hanging basket we put beside the front door, but it gives an idea of what it looked like. How it all has changed and the joy those changes have brought!

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Welcome to GoY raketje, it sounds like you have been very busy. Do you have any photos of what you have done so far, we would love to see them. It looks like those conifers definitely needed to go!

12 Aug, 2009


Hi Raketje...look forward to more pics!

12 Aug, 2009


Welcome to GoY. It sounds like you've done a lot of work to your garden.

12 Aug, 2009


Welcome to GoY Thats the trouble with some conifers they look nice when first planted but boy do they grow big.
Looking forward to seeing some pics.

15 Aug, 2009


As much as I'd love to I can't get rid of the conifers, they were planted by our landlord about 5 years ago.

15 Aug, 2009

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