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Lewisham Gardens
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If you  follow this site on Twitter, then you will have witnessed the beginnings of my sledgehammer mania which started yesterday when I borrowed a sledgehammer to demolish a wall this weekend.

The bottom end of my garden  has never worked.  The previous owners had constructed the worl's ugliest raised bed and filled it with roses which have the most insipid  flowers ever.   I intend to grub up the old rose and destroy the bed.

 I have vague plans for a seating area, but some advice would be useful.

Ive downloaded Google Sketchup which is a 3D CAD programme.  Im going to spend a few hours playing with it and hopefully I can get some suggestions for what I can do with the space.

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August 24, 2012 at 10:21 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Lewisham Gardens
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OK Ive had a bit of a play with the garden design software.  In the end I used this online garden design software because it had a larger database of plants and frankly was easier to use than the CAD  software. 

So here is the far end of my garden. Its a mess of concrete and an huge ugly raise bed. 

1. the raised bed it has a 7 year old iceberg climber. Badly affected by blacksport this year. 
2. a self seeded cherry maybe 4 years old.
3. compost bin x 2 on wheels so easily moved
4. large mature cherry, severely pruned last year. Canopy easily 6 metres across
5. circular lawn divdes my garden 
6. the world least successful vegetable bed. Its well fed and mulched, but it is shaded and out comepeted for nutrients by my neighbours trees. 
7. Shed. Its on a concrete base. Easily moved.
8. Ugly concrete bed.  Uneven 4-8 inches thick.

 

The fence to the right is wooden larch lap and belongs to my neighbour and the wall at the top is a garage. Its currently painted cream. I up for painting with bright colours.


I need ideas. I want to do something open and beautiful. Im not over looked too much. 
The large cherry is immovable,  but the canopy has been brought in by half and will be maintained at the current height. 
Everything else is up for grabs. 

Im hoping to create a contemporary party/ eating area. 
Perhaps a party patio, gravel bed, herbaceous, ever green shrubs. The only definite thing is the seating area. And perhaps a pergola/ arbour? 

(Not sure about this one, but it might be the paving putting me off!)


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August 25, 2012 at 6:48 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Nick
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So you are going ahead with the refurb? 

Excellent.  Well you know we are on standby for the heady lifting!

I think you could save that raised bed- perhaps by shortening it.   It will totally open up that part of the garden.

Are you coming round this afternoon?


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August 26, 2012 at 6:16 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Jenny
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What a great  project Anne.

What is your budget?

I like this one:

It would be great  with  clematis up the pergola.


August 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Chrissie
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Ha! Be honest,  did you actually get around to this?!


Great article about courtyard gardens from Fiona Law of Master gardeners.


Cool Courtyard Containers

http://vivekagardens.com/cool-courtyard-containers/

I think she is doing a course on planting in containers.

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God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.

August 28, 2012 at 8:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Lewisham Gardens
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Ah Chrissie darling! :D You know me SO well!8)

I got through about a quarter!  The whole thing is maye 3 metres by 2. and the mortar is far stronger than the other ugly bed I removed two years.  Bits of granite and concrete kept jumping up and licking me in the face!

You are welcome to come round and wield the hammer! 

And thanks for that link- is that Fiona Law's website? Someone was asking me about her...

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August 28, 2012 at 10:25 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Lewisham Gardens
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Jenny at August 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM

What a great  project Anne.

What is your budget?

I like this one:

It would be great  with  clematis up the pergola.


Hey Jen,

Yes , I like that one too.   the gravel on the ground looks good. 

My problem is there is a half tonne of  soil and concrete between now and that picture!  :D

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August 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Mike
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How about this for the top left hand side?  it feels full.  Add trellis to the back wall.

August 29, 2012 at 6:21 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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August 29, 2012 at 6:27 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Philip
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The above looks a fortune!

Have you made up your mind about the design? 


And where are the photos of the actual site- visualising the space will really help.  We're making suggestions in the dark here. 

September 1, 2012 at 7:08 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Philip
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This appeals to the cottage gardener in me. 


September 1, 2012 at 7:09 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Lewisham Gardens
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Thanks for all ideas- Ive been  mulling them  over. 

 

Ive not had much time out in the garden actually.  Ive had 20 things swamp my priority list.  Which is a huge shame as I wanted to get this done before the cold weather gets in and makes having fun completely impossible"

this is the awful corner.  Thank goodness it isnt visible from the main part of the garden

Im a lot further ahead.  Im currently trying to grub out the massive rose,  The base of which hasa half metre  circumfrerence. Its hidden by the crosmis foliage in the abover photo.

The whole fence is going too.

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September 21, 2012 at 1:07 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Nick
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Wow a lot of work.  I like that photo Mike posted with the horizontal wood panelling and the trellising.

Im around tomorow if you need seom help!?

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September 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Nerine
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Lewisham Gardens at September 21, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Thanks for all ideas- Ive been  mulling them  over. 

 

Ive not had much time out in the garden actually.  Ive had 20 things swamp my priority list.  Which is a huge shame as I wanted to get this done before the cold weather gets in and makes having fun completely impossible"

this is the awful corner.  Thank goodness it isnt visible from the main part of the garden

Im a lot further ahead.  Im currently trying to grub out the massive rose,  The base of which hasa half metre  circumfrerence. Its hidden by the crosmis foliage in the abover photo.

The whole fence is going too.

Oh god- what a lot od work.

 

I honestly would not know where to start.

 

If it counts for anything I like the trellising and the massed arrangements of pots.  Plus the little metal bistro  table.

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Serene Nerine, but paddling madly!

September 24, 2012 at 10:05 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Lewisham Gardens
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Ha Nerine!

 Ive given myself under a month- until Guy Fawkes night to get most of it done.  Ive been swallowed by work and  activities.


Nick- can you spare any times this week?

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October 7, 2012 at 12:34 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Chrissie
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Im giggling!

I bet we are discussing this project this time next year!  Get somone in to get it done!

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October 7, 2012 at 2:24 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Lewisham Gardens
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As predicted, Im still slogging on with this project. 

Ive removed so much debris from this raised bed- glass bottle, old batteries, ceramics,  bones (!), bits of an iron beam.  

Im at a loss as to what to do with it all. 


Im seiving the remaing soil to get rid of nasties like bricks, mortar and stone... oh so many stones. 

Just half a tonne of soil to seive now and I dont know what Im going to find next. 

Im hoping to find a concrete base so I can  move the shed into that corner and screen the whole area off. Ill move the seating area into the opposite corner. 


I still have to grub out the giant rose and a cherry tree. 

Plus now the local cats have discovered the cleared so- so joy. 

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October 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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