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We won't forget our old (and first) wee garden


First photo we have of the back garden in the old house taken in February 2005 (we moved in June 2004). This is a view from the back door. Not much of a garden in terms of size or potential not to mention the squint shed and washing line…but we had a vision!

It’s strange to think that this photo was taken just 3 weeks after the first photo we have of our old back garden (taken end of February 2005)

Well at least we’d made ‘a little’ progress by April

And ‘a little’ more by June

High winds in early 2007 had destroyed the neighbours fence, the old shed collapsed and the roof blew off so we had to prop the shed up and lash down the roof with boulders and rope! Even the bin had given up the ghost that winter!

And so it was, with a little help from our son and daughter we set about righting the mess the garden had become (recycling as many things as we could back into the garden – slabs, edges, plants, wood you name it).

The first job was to restore the fence on one side (replace the one that blew down) and build a new fence between us and our other neighbours where there hadn’t been a fence before. There were a few anxious (mis)-measurements along the way…

Before the real planning began

With the old shed torn down, the new shed arrived amidst organised mayhem in the garden. But it was soon taking shape…

Which made one happy family!

By June 2007 we’d really made a difference to the garden and it had really started to take shape. All the young plants were in and it was a case of waiting to see how it would all look once things had begun to mature. The hard work was all done and now we could sit back and relax a bit and enjoy what we’d achieved so far.

By August 2007 the plants had already started to fill out and the garden began to feel like a proper garden.

The mesembryanthemum were delighting in the sunshine, the russian vine had already made good progress along the trellis and the hydrangea which had nearly died in the early photos back in 2005 was having a new lease of life in it’s new position.

Late spring 2008 saw the plants blooming…

And the last photo we have before we moved on Hallowe’en 2008 is of Archie riding his tricycle on a wet looking September day in 2008. Farewell old wee garden, we remember you fondly…

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what a lot of work you had done it was looking super bet you didnt want to leave it , and now you are starting all over again good luck with your new one..:o))

22 Mar, 2010


You certainly made a big difference there, it was a credit to you.

22 Mar, 2010


Thats a super garden the clever use of circles made it seem much wider.

22 Mar, 2010


It's great to see the transformation, and you certainly aren't afraid of hard work, or short on perseverance. Well done and the new garden will look brilliant.

23 Mar, 2010


It's nice to be able to look back. You had put a lot of work into the little garden and it was interesting to see how it developed.

23 Mar, 2010


Very impressive, and clever to have done before and now pics. Youngsters like you may have lots of energy but have so much to do with your time, especially with youngsters to look after. You've obviously worked hard and the results are impressive. I like it all, you've designed it well. I hope you don't get dizzy when mowing that lovely lawn :-)))))

23 Mar, 2010


Interesting to see 'before' and 'after' photos - thank you. I like curves as well - straight lines in a garden seem too formal to me. Good luck in the new garden - when are we going to see that? Please??

23 Mar, 2010


lovely garden and a lot of work put into it ,and then you start all over again, no doubt your new garden will be just as nice.

23 Mar, 2010


You did a really fantastic job there, what a transformation. Congratulations to you both. Also what a really delightful family you look. The good looks fairy certainly waved her wand on you.
A pleasure to see the whole transformation.

23 Mar, 2010


An inspiring story of planning and achievement, by a lovely family.

29 Mar, 2010


I think that shows what a credit to you - well done - it is difficult in a little garden but the end result looked well worth it! Good luck in your new home and hope you have the same pleasure with the end result.

29 Mar, 2010


Spritzhenry - that's us updated the blog with photos of the new garden. It's been a bigger challenge but another blank canvas to work with. We're happy with the results again and now sitting back to relax and enjoy it all maturing...we're not moving house so soon after completion this time!

22 Aug, 2011

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