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New house, same old me!

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Hi everyone, and thank you to all those who have taken an interest in our ‘downsizing’ and sent warm wishes. You certainly kept me positive!

Because I had loved my previous garden so much, I was worried that I would miss it . . . but guess what, I hardly think about it! We had made it our sanctuary over 38 years, but now I feel excited about starting a new space and doing something completely different.

The space is about a quarter of our old one, but I’m sure we can make it interesting and attractive, especially as I now have a design to work from. Andrew is a professional garden designer, and we had a good talk for me to give him an idea of what I’d like. When he unrolled his design I just said “Wow”! The snag is that he’s not available to build it until January . . . but I have plenty of other things to do, and am having a go at re-designing the front garden.

This is the ‘blank canvas’ taken from an upstairs window – not exactly inspiring, is it?

My friends in the gardening group presented me with this gorgeous arrangement to welcome us to our new home.

A wonderful stack of welcoming cards to make me smile :))

A chap is coming this afternoon to quote for the removal of most of the very old shrubs, and the cutting back of some trees. Would you like me to keep you posted?

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Congratulations on the new house! Garden looks the same size as mine and we mature shrubs (some we kept some we didn't) of course keep us all updated it's lovely to see gardens change and develop!

6 Oct, 2017

 

Thanks Dan!

6 Oct, 2017

 

Hope you will love your new home and make all the changes that will really make it 'yours.'

Of course we want you to keep us posted! It will be very interesting to see the transformation develop.

6 Oct, 2017

 

so glad you are happy in your new home and garden. Do you know what the shrubs are and are any worth keeping.

I wonder if you have lots of bulbs to come up. I loved seeing what popped up.

6 Oct, 2017

 

It's a new chapter in your life and , as you state, you have a new canvas to work on.

Would we like you to keep us posted? That's a resounding "Yes, please", from me!

6 Oct, 2017

 

..And me! Please do keep us posted Sheila. It's a blank canvas...and once you tame those old shrubs you and Andrew will create something really wonderful...a haven. i can't wait to see what you do!

6 Oct, 2017

 

Chris, thank you. Yes we do love our new home already, and are lucky that it's been very well maintained. Naturally it will take a while before shelves and pictures go up, but there's no hurry.

Thanks Eileen, yes I recognise most of the shrubs but they are old and past their best. There are a couple of peonies which I'll keep, and even a tree peony.

Thanks Eirlys, I will definitely post when there is something worth sharing!

6 Oct, 2017

 

Well its sheltered, private and apparently weed free - not a bad start! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
Wishing you many happy years in your new home.

6 Oct, 2017

 

Oh Karen, I'm afraid you'll need to be as patient as me! I'd love to show you the design but I think it's too big to copy - but there'll be a meandering path and several small trees, and two or three seating areas :)

6 Oct, 2017

 

Thanks very much Sue. In fact there are quite a few weeds, but I'm even looking forward to tackling them, as it's about all the 'gardening' I can do for the moment. But yes, being sheltered and private is good.

6 Oct, 2017

 

Do keep us updated with you garden progress. Look forward to seeing how it develops.

6 Oct, 2017

 

I will Siris - but I'm afraid the work can't start until January :(

6 Oct, 2017

 

It will be worth the wait! :) you could spend some time potting up some tulips?

6 Oct, 2017

 

I am so happy for you Sheila,as a new start is always so exciting,and you already have your garden design to look forward to..We definitely want to follow it's progress,and I'm sure you will be adding some little touches as you go along..even if it's only the weeding ..Lol I quite like weeding too :o) ..I can see you have settled in your new home already,and I hope you and your OH enjoy many happy years there...xx

6 Oct, 2017

 

Oh yes please keep us posted. I'm sure you're going to be very happy in your new home, and as the garden being uninspiring, I disagree. It's almost a blank canvas. I can't wait to see what develops.

6 Oct, 2017

 

Thank you so much Sandra, and you're right that a new start is exciting. We're happy with the house and the location, so what more could we want?

Julia, thank you. Yes, a blank canvas does have its good points - it's asking to be 'painted' on and made into something beautiful :)

6 Oct, 2017

 

Looking forward to your garden design coming to life next year! Wishing you well in your new house :o))

7 Oct, 2017

 

Thank you Shirley - we really like it here!

7 Oct, 2017

 

Its going to be so much easier to care for Sheila, I wish you and hubby many happy years in your new home. It really does look very private and I look forward to following your gardening blogs next year as you make it your own, exciting times ahead Sheila, enjoy all and every one of them....

7 Oct, 2017

 

You're very kind, Lincs, thank you very much. There's certainly plenty to look forward to, particularly having a small greenhouse so that I can 'pot' again to my heart's content!

7 Oct, 2017

 

We certainly would Sheila. It all sounds really exciting.

7 Oct, 2017

 

Will do Linda.

7 Oct, 2017

 

Welcome to your new home and garden Sheila,I'm pleased youre happy and excited about your new plans. Looking forward to your updates!

7 Oct, 2017

 

Good luck ! It will be interesting to follow the development of your new garden, which I'm sure you'll enjoy :)

7 Oct, 2017

 

Happy new home and garden, look forward to seeing the pics :-))

7 Oct, 2017

 

Many thanks Dawn, Hywel and Daylily :))

8 Oct, 2017

 

Ooh, very exciting, I got a vision as soon as I looked at the picture - that looks like a curved edge on some paving or patio... I did a redesign for a garden about this size, loved doing it, loved the way it looked when it was done, and I don't always say that after a job's finished, because as long as the client's happy, that's what matters, but I still have my own preferences! Yes, I very much look forward to updates... but in the meantime, I'm really curious as to whether you're going to keep some lawn or not...

8 Oct, 2017

 

Thank you Bamboo! Yes, you're right, there's a decent size patio which curves at the end.
OH is going to try to take a picture of the plan and then hopefully I'll be able to post it on here. We'll completely dig up this old, rather bumpy lawn, but there will be lawn between the curves of the intended path. Do you have a website where you showcase your designs? I would love to see them!

8 Oct, 2017

 

'Fraid not, Sheilabub - all my stuff's on paper, all drawings done by hand because that's how I learned, never did get round to learning the computer packages, and now I'm virtually retired. Thinking about it, though, that would be something to keep me entertained, learning how to use one; I tried about 8 years ago, lost patience, I wanted curves and that seemed to be next to impossible, whereas straight lines were relatively easy, so I just drew it instead. The trouble with being impatient is, it can't be good for one's blood pressure;-))

8 Oct, 2017

 

I'm the same, Bamboo, and can only 'draw' a plan, but nothing wrong with that. My professional designer, Andrew has also done our plan by hand.

Thanks to everyone's encouragement and enthusiasm, I have now posted a photo of his plan . . . which we shall discuss in more detail, and tweak!

8 Oct, 2017

 

I can see the plan,but I can't read the detail! Also having difficulty spotting the curved patio...

8 Oct, 2017

 

Sorry Bamboo, I know, it's impossible to read the writing even in the flesh! The patio is across the bottom of the page . . . with the path cutting into it. It's very difficult to see because it's done in pencil.

8 Oct, 2017

 

Glad that the move went well and that you feel settled in already. Look forward to seeing your new garden progress.

9 Oct, 2017

 

Thank you Jen.

9 Oct, 2017

 

Hello Sheila......Sorry to come in late.....what a great opportunity you have .....I do envy you.....the size looks just right.....do keep us updated....x

9 Oct, 2017

 

Thanks Julia. Yes, it will be fun (especially as I keep changing my mind)!

9 Oct, 2017

 

Congratulations on your new house and I wish you every happiness in the years to come in your new home.

I felt the same when we moved and thought I would miss the old garden, but I haven't even given it a thought since moving in 2 and a half years ago.
So, I totally share your enthusiasm in your new gardens.

11 Oct, 2017

 

Thanks Lisam . . . did you bring many plants from your previous garden?

11 Oct, 2017

 

So pleased to hear that you have settled in your new house, and already have the plans drawn up for a new garden, I gather they cannot start until January, that's good, because it gives you time to alter things should you need to, rather than rushing things, and regretting it later......we all do it, I always need to sleep on things, before an important decision...
Please do keep us posted, really looking forward to seeing its progress.....

11 Oct, 2017

 

Thanks Dotty! You are so right - the longer we are here, the more changes I realise I want to make. And I definitely want to take my time over planting decisions as that's the fun bit :)

11 Oct, 2017

 

Hi Sheila, I brought a few with me in the move, but not as many as I would have liked. Had a couple of casualties that didn't survive the move. I am gradually restocking with the plants I would have liked to take with me but couldn't and can also buy some bigger plants and trees as we've got a bigger garden now.

12 Oct, 2017

 

Good luck with finding what you want, Lisam - it's an exciting time for you. I'll be interested in what trees you'll choose . . . for me, Amelanchier is a must, plus a Japanese cherry (Tai Haku is gorgeous if you have room!).

13 Oct, 2017

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