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Before and after - north cliff


By resi


i read a question by somebody?? who suggested a ‘before and after’ section on GOY? ’

that seems such a good idea, i find it fascinating how people arrive at their gardens, especially when they have to start from scratch, so much creativity goes into making your own bit of paradise, well purgatory sometimes….

anyway i am enjoying sorting thr my pictures and putting them in order, so here goes another bit of my paradise

North cliff in the making.. 2006

B pondering where to lay the rainwater drains under what should become our inner courtyard.
when we have the summer storms with tremendous thunder and lightning shows and torrential rains, the water sheets through the garden, taking all growth which isnt well secured with it, and my precious soill!!
so drains and swales are a necesity.

was it really this bad!

this is 4 years ago and it shows rather well what i mean by purgatory!

this was last year and shows so well what a bit of paradise feels like…

hopefully it will be better this year and cover all the remaining bare patches.

i have to chissel out all the irisses which managed to get a foothold as their bulbous bits are totally covered by falling soil, so they will not flower well this year.
see the stachys creeping in Lori..

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What you have achieved there is really nice, you have done a great job the transformation is unique and just go,s to show what can be done, julien.

24 Apr, 2011


Well done Resi - what a transformation and what a lot of hard work !

That must have been back breaking digging all that soil out and planting it. It all looks so nice now - and I can see that there are still jobs being done.

Happy Gardening.

24 Apr, 2011


Wow, that is amazing. U must have a large property. How to start, can not imagine.

24 Apr, 2011


dont know about thatAdoons, yours sounds pretty large and challenging, but isnt she a beauty, love the way you designed and work it in harmony with the fab views.

28 Apr, 2011


No Resi, mine is less than an acre, but it was what one friend called "looked like a parking lot", I had just gravel, pavement, one lilac, one Rhodo & 4 conifers. I worked my butt off to not look like a parking lot any more. Needless to say my garden out shines "parking lot" now. It was a challenge with ocean etc. but U know what they say, some times it helps not to know toooooo much. People are always astounded what I can grow, I say well the plants and I did not know we should not grow them in certain situations, heh, heh. Yours was so raw, I can not believe what you achieved. Fabulous. Good strong back & not scared of hard work obviously. Nice job.

28 Apr, 2011


What a wonderful change you and B have wrought! Where we have moved has given me a very good lesson in the importance of drainage. The drains in the side lawn area were not professionally installed and there are sinks and slippages in the odd place. It all dries up by hoo... I'm hoping that the changes I have made will make a difference.
I wouldn't mind a plague of Irises...can't grow stachys to save my soul...but have a friend who can't get rid of hers!
(we lived 2 blocks apart) Will have to try with the stachys again as the soil here is quite sandy and the verges of the bush have lovely loamy leafy-mouldy soil! As long as it doesn't stage a coup! It's a beautiful day for a change and I'm heading up the hill to take pics of the wild flowers...

7 May, 2011


Superb transformation!

25 Jul, 2011


a belated thank you for al your encouraging comments

27 Jul, 2011

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