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Bye Bye Conifers.....

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At long last they are no more, poor trees did me proud for a long time but they were looking sad and unsightly..


I’d already cut off as many fronds as I could reach in preparation and my nieces husband (who is also an old friend of ours ) came and cut them down last Tuesday, we made a deal so it didn’t cost anything, lol, he has a log burner on his patio so was very happy to get the wood, I have the fronds to get rid of but I’ve managed to store them in my spare bins, hid them behind my g’house and shed, I’ll gradually get rid of them in my garden waste bin…

We have stumps…

I cleaned them up, built my wall at the back and topped up with a mix of compost and soil..

Already planted some ferns, now I’m on the lookout for some more different ones to add, I’m going to scavenge some moss from around the walls to add to the stumps, I know it will spread and add to the character as I’ve done that before, the blocks that separate the bed from the footpath I’m going to plant with Hosta’s


The post for the washing line put me off straight away, we did consider cutting it down and put a new one in further up the footpath but I changed my mind about that, I’ve sent for some bendy plastic trelliss to pop around it, then I’m getting another evergreen winter flowering clematis to grow up it instead, saving hubby a hard task, aren’t I good, lol..
A few from the rest of the garden, as you can see my long border which is also new this year is doing very well…

Feeling good tonight even though rain did stop play, now I’m sitting and admiring the view instead…

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Looking fab, Sue!!!! I love your new stumpery/fernery area!!! It’ll be lovely when the ferns starts to grow and fill out! All your hard work has certainly paid off! Looks a great new area now to nurture and enjoy!
Your garden and borders are looking full of colour and summer! The pond is looking amazing as always! Thank you for sharing your updates, all looking really super!

3 Aug, 2021

 

Well done,Lincs, you've done the right thing....we had a similar situation....more and more bare branches showing....and how much lighter the garden will feel.the stumps do take an age to disintegrate but there are many plants which will disguise them.

3 Aug, 2021

 

your garden is looking brilliant. lots of hard work well rewarded.
it is good when old trees are used rather than just skipped/tipped.

3 Aug, 2021

 

Indeed. What a super view, looking at your garden from your last photo. Like the octaganal? shape to on of your borders, nice and crisp edging.

3 Aug, 2021

 

A great job , I too had the hard task of having to ditch the bigger conifers and they're my favourite things too. Your garden looks very nice for it though and worth the effort , last pictures are great results

3 Aug, 2021

 

I just love your garden Sue! So quirky! Do you ever relax! Haha!
That was a great idea about the washing line post. I must tell my daughter as she has one stuck at the back of her garden and has just made a patio there. Mind you, she is not a gardener, but she knows someone who is!!
It has made a big difference getting rid of the conifers and I expect you will have more light now.

3 Aug, 2021

 

Thankyou Kate, I've waited a long time to get rid of the conifers, I'd always known what I would have in place of them, it would have been impossible to get the stumps out at our age and I do love stumperies and ferns..

3 Aug, 2021

 

I saw your post M'land, you have made a nice area,comes a time when we have to accept somethings in the gardens are slowly dying and cannot be saved.
It has already made a huge difference and would you believe it, in less than a week the lilies in that pond might even get the chance to flower now they're getting more light....

3 Aug, 2021

 

Seaburn I'm a great believer in recycling and that does include the garden, I think I was influenced greatly over the years by Geoff Hamilton, although I draw the line at using old machinery, lol.
I'm pleased with the garden, the best decision I made was to grow more perennials, saves me having to do a lot of digging, saying that the weather this year has made everything go a bit mad, as you can see by the spread and height, still managed to shoehorn a few annuals in, you know I don't like gaps, in my garden plants are allowed to mingle, if there are a few weeds they rarely show Eileen ....

3 Aug, 2021

 

Thankyou Siris, I've edged all the borders, I've never learnt the art of a neat edge to the border, can't cut a straight line to save my life and if I tried curves it ends up spelling my name, lol..

3 Aug, 2021

 

Thankyou Paul, I did like the conifers, just wish I'd been more knowledgeable all those years back about how to keep them in trim, sadly mine were left to their own devices until it was too late to stop the browning, I have learnt when and how often its time to prune the spreading junipers, they do rejuvenate quite well so they're very safe, even though they went in the ground on the same day as all the others....

3 Aug, 2021

 

Hiya Rose, I relax when I'm armchair gardening, lol...
I'm glad you like it, do you know I've never thought of it as being quirky but I guess it is, I describe it as having different rooms, places one has to meander around to see what is hiding away..
That darn post really wound me up at first, its been hidden away for such a long time, last week hubby said he'd cut it down for me, however I know what he's like, it will end up on his arountuit list, time he reaches the end of that flipping list, whatever I decide to grow up it will be completely hiding it Rose....Naughty saying that perhaps but all true I'm afraid, lol.....

3 Aug, 2021

 

Just loved the tour of your garden Linclass. It looks much better now those conifers have gone. I like all the different rooms. Glad you find time to sit & enjoy the view sometimes :-).

3 Aug, 2021

 

The loss of the Conifers will give your garden more light now Sue, and just looking at your hard work with the wall and in-filling with soil has made me feel tired!

You do have a lot of different areas of interest, all looks grand . . . :o)

3 Aug, 2021

 

I'm pleased you enjoyed it Feverfew, yes it has certainly improved the bottom half, I'm a weird one, I cannot sit about in the garden for more than a few minutes, if I'm out there I'm constantly finding things that need a tweak, I do like to sit and look down the garden when indoors so always grab the seat opposite the windows...

3 Aug, 2021

 

Thanks Shirley, it was tough lugging those blocks about but you know what I'm like, "stubborn" don't let things like that stop me, no patience when I'm redoing something, it has to be finished once I start a job, not only that we were going away for a few days so wanted it all tidy before I went, that's all big jobs sorted for the garden, apart from mowing the lawns I've reached pottering and deadheading stage, all can be done as I wander around...
Trying to be good and staying away from the catalogues, so tempting aren't they Shirley, I really don't have room for more shrubs and plants, naturally if I see different ferns that idea will go out the window, bulbs come under grocery shopping as most places sell then now so they don't count , lol....

3 Aug, 2021

 

You have a beautiful garden Lincslass. Lots to admire.
Conifers are lovely when they are young but they grow and age like rest of us. I planted some 6 feet apart 8 years back and now I cannot walk between them. We had some damage in winter as our overgrown leylands uprooted in ice storm. Now I am worried about the rest of them. There is a row of them along the path to my greenhouse. 18 years ago(when we moved in) they still looked beautiful but now not so much. They were already too big to get them under control then.
Your stumpery will look nice when ferns will fill in.

3 Aug, 2021

 

That will open new possibilities with all that new light coming in. It's a big job and you should reward yourself. I have 3 big trees earmarked for the chainsaw this weekend. It's my new favorite toy, lol!

3 Aug, 2021

 

That is such a beautiful view looking down your garden from your house. It is such a lovely one with something exciting to see everywhere you look.
The bed with the ferns and mosses will be a real feature and the hostas will look lovely too.
You have been very busy and energetic so find time to sit and enjoy it out there now !!

3 Aug, 2021

 

Looks beautiful :-))

4 Aug, 2021

 

What a great job you have done,Sue,and I agree with the others,it makes such a difference ,and looks so light and airy.Personally,I'm not a fan of Conifers ,for that reason ,but I quite like the smaller varieties,so not totally anti conifer :o)
I can't believe how much energy you have,seeing all the work you have done,and the changes you have made, look great..well done, and now,take a back seat,and make time to enjoy it ! :o) .xx

4 Aug, 2021

 

I think it's a great idea for the stumps, making them into a fernery and I bet the other plants are revelling in the amount of light that the removal of the trees has brought.

4 Aug, 2021

 

Klahanie those conifers were planted 40yrs ago so they did me proud for many years but their time was up, I used to worry when they were swaying in the wind so understand your worries as regards the g'house.
I had a picture in my mind of how it would look and have to admit I'm feeling pleased with it, my other other stumpery was only done four years ago and those ferns are huge now so I expect great things from these ones...
Thankyou for your lovely comment.x

5 Aug, 2021

 

Paul I'm not allowed to use Derek's magic saw otherwise I would have tackled them before, lol, the bonus allowing my nephew to do them was the fact he wanted the big trunks, saved us having to get rid of them, it was a good deal made between us, the light now getting through will definitely make a difference to the bottom of the garden, I still have my shade from the hedge and our apple tree so I'm a happy gardener once again...x

5 Aug, 2021

 

Thankyou W'rose, I'm pleased to say that is the big jobs all sorted now so I've reached pottering stage, lol...

5 Aug, 2021

 

Thankyou Daylily, its my happy place x

5 Aug, 2021

 

Sandra that job was really winding me up, we had to cancel it last year as we weren't able to dispose of the debris, I was determined it was getting done this summer come hell or high water.
I'm fine as regards energy levels when we have light , sunny days, not the really hot ones though, I have to hide indoors on those ones, I think I have sad syndrome,LOL, ( they have names for everything now don't they) I have always called it getting right fedup with myself but then I'm old school, I get tired and very despondent if I'm stuck indoors for days on end, in fact hubby has always said I'm terrible in the winter and could fight with my shadow..In defence of myself, I know i'm not as bad now as I can lose myself in my Armchair Gardening...xx

5 Aug, 2021

 

Honey I swear the plants both sides stood up proudly as soon as the old trees went down, Prince Charles has access to upside down tree stumps and the roots to create his stumpery, I have to make do with what I have, good bit of recycling methinks...I'm really pleased with it...

5 Aug, 2021

 

Sue, I know what you mean about getting things done.When I decide on something,I want it done yesterday ! Lol I hate being indoors too,although I don't think I suffer from SAD,but it IS real ,and lots of people suffer from it in Winter..alleged to be a lack of Vitamin D ,I think ? I still have what I call 'off' days though,and I guess we aren't alone :o) .
Spring ,Summer and Autumn ,are the best months :o) x

5 Aug, 2021

 

You've done a magnificent job there, Lincslass! 😃 All that light back in your garden! The plants you already have will thank you enormously! 😃

6 Aug, 2021

 

Sue, great job….. it’s been said already but …….. all that light coming into the garden now. Love the idea of hosta’s, ferns and moss.

Look forward to seeing photos as it develops. Always a shame to cut trees down but when they are dead and make the garden so untidy they have to go.
Your garden is lovely (and big) ….. bet it keeps you busy all year round. <];~))

7 Aug, 2021

 

Balcony they are standing tall and proud and pleased to say I might even get a few flowers on the lilies in the pond..
Although we are not getting the torrential rain as other parts of the country are getting, it has rained every day which has obviously helped the ferns settle without me having to water them..

7 Aug, 2021

 

Alan thankyou, I waited a long time to get that job done but it was well worth the wait, I already have a stumpery further down so knew the ferns and hostas would do well for me, I've always like the victorian gardens with the stumperies so this is my interpretation...
It keeps me happy Alan, I've always loved gardening so its not something I consider work ( that's housework and shopping) I have to admit I get sidetracked just taking the kitchen scraps down to the compost bin, always spot something that needs a little tweak., lesson learnt a long time back, never empty a teapot over the garden whilst cooking the dinner., family dislike burnt potatoes.

7 Aug, 2021

 

I know the feeling, I go out in the evening to water pots and plants. Probably should only take 30 mins max. I’m often out there for a couple of hours when it’s light enough.
<];~)

8 Aug, 2021

 

Your garden must be lighter without those trees Sue.
Lovely views, your garden looks pretty :) x

9 Aug, 2021

 

It would be lighter if the sun would come back Hywel, its more like November at the moment, brrr!!!. It was a good job we got the job and the clearing away done as its rained every day since, the flowers are very tall this year, think they are also missing the sunshine...

9 Aug, 2021

 

Maybe we'll have a nicer September :)

10 Aug, 2021

 

We can but hope, I like a long autumn, it boosts our well being ready for winter. x

11 Aug, 2021

 

That's true :) x

12 Aug, 2021

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