Transforming the front garden
from sad jungle to happy beach!
Updated: 20:19 - 10/10/2002
I was never very happy with the front garden. It consisted of a
load of overgrown shrubs, a tree we hated, which every year got
diseased and shed it's leaves prematurely, and a bit of grass.
I wouldn't have the nerve to describe it as lawn, as it was full
of weeds, despite several attempts to get rid of these, and having
to drag a mower round from the back of the house to mow it every
week was a real pain in the butt!
| Most of the plants had been put in by a landscape firm contracted
by the builders of the estate. I don't know what it is with these
people, but they always seem to put in too many of the same plants
for my liking, and also plants that all too rapidly outgrow their
Well, "the crunch" finally came last year. I had been ill the
previous year, and so two summers went by with me being able to do
very little in the garden. Consequently the already overgrown shrubs
became even more so!
Looking at the mini jungle our front garden had become it seemed
a daunting task to undertake. My husband works in London, and so
there is the added disadvantage that he is not at home long enough
most days to do anything to help - added to the fact that he is not
at all keen on gardening anyway!
We finally decided that the best thing was to get someone in to
completely clear the garden for us, and so we contacted local lad
I went round the garden first and potted up a few plants that I
myself had added, and wanted to save for the re-planting. These
mostly consisted of miniature roses, of which I am very fond!
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