Transformation from sad Jungle to mud pile
Updated: 20:19 - 10/10/2002
Kevin came along at the beginning of September, and with a helper
he had the job done in a day - and, I might add, at a very reasonable
All that remained were three plants - a rambling rose growing up over
the side end wall and shed, a clematis my daughter bought for me one
birthday, (chopped back to a stump by my husband), and last, but not
least, my beautiful "Susan" magnolia, which I gave very strict
instructions must not be touched under any circumstances!
| What a difference - suddenly the front garden seemed much larger.
Next came a very frustrating time, for as you may well remember -
it rained. Then it rained, and it rained some more, and then some!
The garden soil is very heavy clay and it was too wet to do anything
with, and so we just had to abandon plans to do anything until it
dried out. Still, it did give us time to think up a few ideas.
I am not one of those people who can plan a garden down to the last
minute detail in advance. I just have ideas, which develop as they
get put into action, and so the end result can sometimes be as big
a surprise to me as to everyone else!
Anyway, we decided we wanted two flat terraces, to do away with the
slope of the garden. I wanted a pond, and my husband decided that he
wanted a little stream, and a waterfall to run down from the top
terrace to the pond on the bottom terrace.
I wanted low maintenance plants, and lots of spikey ones - what
these fashionable gardening programmes would call "architectural"!
I wanted palm trees, phormiums and ornamental grasses. Most
importantly of all I wanted NO LAWN! I wasn't sure what to have in
it's place at this stage, possibly gravel - definitely some kind of
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