Tuesday, 31 March 2015

New Garden In March

I thought you might like to see a few snaps of the garden I have inherited with our new home


Lots of plants are coming up, but I have not shown you a couple of areas that need some serious work


I have no idea what I'm going to do with some of it, but painting it one uniform colour is top of the list. I have a mix of green, blue and that horrible orange/brown paint and some bare wood too


There are some very pretty areas in the small terraced back garden and lots of plants in the front garden which I will photograph next time


So far I have seen shrews, mice, blackbirds, wrens, sparrows, dunnocks, wood pigeons, a goldcrest and a blue tit, so it's got potential.

I need to plant some buddleia as I haven't found any in the garden yet. There are lots of climbers coming up and so many beautiful bulbs in flower.

A new garden centre has opened quite near and I went for a visit yesterday. I could have spent so much money and had a lovely time looking at potential plants for the garden.

I joined the local library and borrowed a great book 'Success with small-space gardening' by Graham Clarke. It's given me real inspiration to get on with my little garden space and hopefully make it pretty as well as wildlife friendly.

Until next time, take care and happy holidays
SeagullSuzie

26 comments:

  1. It's good to see some views of your new garden. it will be fun for you to discover new plants as the season progresses. We haven't many borders so there isn't much for us to discover. Our fences were one of the first things we painted- they were the same colour as your orange/brown fence above, and look so different painted green. We bought cheaper fence paint and now wished we had bought Ducksback that we used on the shed as the coverage was so much better.We have also joined the local garden club which gives us a discount at the local garden centre - the only problem now is that we can't keep away! Sarah x

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    1. So much seems to be coming up Sarah, especially lots of climbers, so I need to be patient and see what I have. I can't wait to go back to the new garden centre!

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  2. Oooh, it looks to have huge potential and you have so many nice things already. Spring is the very best time to get going with a new garden. Don't be too hasty though as it's early days and many plants may yet emerge.

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    1. You are quite right, more and more things are coming up every week, clematis and honeysuckle are romping away already and I've just spotted some tulips.

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  3. It looks as though you have lots of wonderful plants!!! The traditional advice is not to do anything for a year in a new garden so that you can see what comes up, but if you are like me you will not be able to wait that long! It is definitely worth not getting rid of anything too quickly in case what looks unpromising turns out to be something really good. I am sure that you know all this already! The daffodils are fantastic aren't they!! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, I know you should wait but it's so hard to do. Still, money is limited so I feel I must wait. I will take some photos of the front garden next...all sorts of things in there including hellebores!

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  4. Now those cheer the heart, lovely to see that your spring has sprung :)

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    1. Thanks Denise, spring is definitely here, I saw swallows on 2nd April.

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  5. Your new garden looks very pretty Suzy - it will be exciting to what comes up during the year - may be some surprises in store for you.

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    1. I think so, someone really liked their garden in the past, but it has become a little overgrown and weedy, every week I see something new coming up.

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  6. It looks fantastic! So exciting to have a new space to play with. Hope your hubby is on the mend and you are getting some R&R too xx

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    1. Many thanks CT. Hubby is doing really well and is much more mobile, so we have gone for lovely evening walks. I didn't rest much over Easter and did a fair bit of gardening...paying for it now in aches and pains.

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  7. The garden seems to have lots of potential and some lovely Spring colour already :) It'll be interesting to see what plants come up as the year progresses and such fun for you to make improvements and make your own mark. Sounds a very exciting project :)

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    1. Thank you, I keep looking at the garden areas and wondering what to do, but I think simple weeding and tidying will be enough for now until I know what I have.

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  8. Looks like your new garden has some lovely areas and plants in it. It will be thrilling to see what plants appear through the seasons of the year:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. I think someone really loved this garden in the past and has put a lot into it as I've got some lovely plants coming up....looks like there are some very pretty tulips about to open in the front garden.

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  9. Hello Suzie,

    So exciting to see new things appearing in your garden. As well as some of the 'shocks' that you wish to reorganise, we are certain that there will be plenty of happy surprises too. You have a great starting point already and in the coming months you will no doubt make your own mark. But a new nursery just nearby.......now, that could turn out to be dangerously expensive!

    Happy Easter!

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    1. Thank you Jane and Lance, oh yes the dangerous mix of a new garden centre and the credit card! My friend had a very good idea...to leave the card behind and only take a certain amount of cash...but that would take all the fun out of it!

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  10. Your new garden looks to be taking shape nicely and a good idea to get the book " Success with small-space gardening "

    Happy Gardening and Happy Easter

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, I have a few garden books already but this one has given me some good ideas. I've worn myself out this Easter with a garden project (which I'll put onto the next post), but I did get to spot two swallows and some seven spot ladybirds.

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  11. The garden looks lovely Suzie.

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    1. Thanks Roy, I'm busy thinking about wildlife friendly plants to add.

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  12. Lovely to see all the spring flowers in your new garden, a cheering sight after a grey day up here, and it is unsurprising to see that you are at least a week or two ahead of us as regards spring blooms (the hyacinths are only just starting to flower up here for example). As you say a good bird list so far with hopefully more to come.

    Hope all is well and wishing you & your loved ones a Happy Easter :-)

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    1. Thank you David. Have you stopped your blog? We have already seen swallows and seven spot ladybirds which I've recorded on the Woodland Trusts website. I do need to protect the front garden from strong westerly winds...so just thinking how to do that right now.

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  13. I love the first year of a new garden and all the little surprises in the different seasons. It looks as though you have inherited some lovely plants! Happy Easter xx

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    1. Thanks Chel, I think I have inherited quite a good garden regarding plants, but it needs a serious tidy up and I'm concentrating on adding wildlife friendly plants to what I've already got right now.

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