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Some changes in the garden


By jan65


Just made a few changes/additions to the garden, thought you might like to see them. Firstly, although this isn’t new -

to my garden! This was bought for us as an anniversary pressie a few years ago from my mam and dad and it looks really good now that the shed has been creosoted again.

The new swing went up – I thought I’d cry when I first saw it. It looked absolutely enormous and I thought would totally dominate the garden. However, hubby chopped off two feet of the length of the poles, and once it was stained, it didn’t look so bad. Still big, but not as big as before! Our daughter – and her friends – love it!

Now – I’ve been looking for a nice bird bath for a while. I wanted something low, as the border is raised and anything tall would look silly. I’d seen various ones at exhorbitant prices that I refused to pay, but stumbled across this one today in a local nursery – that I’d looked in before and they had nothing I liked – so quickly snapped it up. It was reduced from £55 to £25, so I’m very happy (especially as I wouldn’t have paid £55 for one. £30 was my max.) I think it really brightens up the border and I’m so chuffed with it, it looks exactly as I wanted. I love the way the shrubs curl around it, as though it’s been there forever:

Popped in a few begonias into the stone pot and the trough next to the shed to brighten up a shady area, and bought some new teracotta pots for the pot wire pot holder that I bought last year. I didn’t realise the original pots, which were the same colour as the wire, weren’t frost proof and they broke into a thousand pieces in the winter. As the shed is now dark, I wanted something with white flowers to plant in them, and found these three white Annabel trailing fuschias. Looking forward to them flowering! I did contemplate painting the pots to match the holder, but I’m too impatient for that lark! Round the front of the shed is the welcome plaque, with some trailing petunias in the trough below.

Last but not least, another small addition. A cute trough on the garage wall planted with another trailing fuschia – this one’s Swingtime which is red and white. This is a narrow wall which has the (pedestrian) door on the left and a drainpipe on the right and I felt it just needed a little something to jazz it up a bit. I did buy two of these fuschias, but it looked better with just one of them as the trough’s only small – so now I’m looking for a home for the second one!

Another satisfying day in the garden! Hope you all have enjoyed your day as much as I have. Pity I have to go to work tomorrow!

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reallyn nice pics

21 Jun, 2010


lovely bird bath and plantings. horrid day at work but should be a better one tomorrow. have plants to sort tomorrow after tea.

21 Jun, 2010


Lovely photos of your garden.
All children (And childish addults like me lol) need a swing - we had one the man next-door made out of pipes from the works :o)) It lasted for many years.

22 Jun, 2010


lovely pics jan and love the bird bath, what about growing climbers up the swing frame, just a though, woulkd look like something out of the secret garden ;o))

22 Jun, 2010


Thank you all for your lovely comments. We're almost used to the swing now and can actually see past it to the plants! When it first went up, it was all I could see but I suppose you get used to anything in time. I had already wondered about growing something up the frame!

22 Jun, 2010

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