Then and Now, how your garden has developed

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Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by Las Palmas Norte » Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:54 am

How's that sizeable Washingtonia robusta of yours doing these days Dave?

Cheers, Barrie.

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Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:35 am

Hi Barrie,

Long time no speak :wink:

The Washingtonia is doing fine but was defoliated after Dec 2010. Keeping it in the theme of Then an Now here's a pic of 2004 and 2013 :wink:
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Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by dino » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:53 am

That is great growth, I'm almost tempted to plant mine out. Will have to soon anyway because of its weight.

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Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by Las Palmas Norte » Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:51 pm

Yes Dave ... It's been a while. Your Washingtonia is looking great. I'd imagine a new crown of leaves formed quickly in the next season. I should try one again sometime. Never had too much luck with them. Sabal palmetto and S minor are more of a focus for me know.

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Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by samtobuk » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:31 pm

Right so here is my before and afters ....... well, for the bottom end of the garden anyway.

We moved in during Feb 2011, and here's what I had to start with. Note heavily overshadowed by two large, unruly conifers.
2011
2011
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Rocky area ........ soon to become rock-ery!
Rocky 2011
Rocky 2011
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So ........ the conifers had to go to let the light in. Took them down myself with my dad, and then got the professionals in to grind the stumps out.
Trees gone 2012
Trees gone 2012
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Then it was time to upgrade the gate to something a touch more inkeeping, and add some hornbeams to retain some privacy without blocking the sunlight ........
Cleft sweet chestnut gate 2013
Cleft sweet chestnut gate 2013
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Then cover the wobbly stone 'patio' to tidy things up and give some contrast to the plants ....
Gravel 2013
Gravel 2013
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Rockery was developing all the time over those two years - it would have been rude not to as it was already stepped and gets the best of the sun, and here's how it was looking end of summer last year ...
Rockery 2013
Rockery 2013
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Also felled two huge Norway Spruces over the road that were blocking out the afternoon sun from large parts of the garden ......... and here's the general area now from above ....... hope you agree it is much more hospitable (in fairness original shots are in February, end shots in September).
September 2013
September 2013
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Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by Tom and Shell » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:42 pm

Then and Now :ahhh!:
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Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by cordyman » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:38 pm

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lovely varied border there! great planting icon_salut

cordyman

Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by cordyman » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:39 pm

samtobuk wrote:Right so here is my before and afters ....... well, for the bottom end of the garden anyway.

We moved in during Feb 2011, and here's what I had to start with. Note heavily overshadowed by two large, unruly conifers.
Patio.jpg
Rocky area ........ soon to become rock-ery!
Rockery.jpg
So ........ the conifers had to go to let the light in. Took them down myself with my dad, and then got the professionals in to grind the stumps out.
trees.jpg
Then it was time to upgrade the gate to something a touch more inkeeping, and add some hornbeams to retain some privacy without blocking the sunlight ........
Gate.jpg
Then cover the wobbly stone 'patio' to tidy things up and give some contrast to the plants ....
gravel.jpg
Rockery was developing all the time over those two years - it would have been rude not to as it was already stepped and gets the best of the sun, and here's how it was looking end of summer last year ...
rockery now.jpg
Also felled two huge Norway Spruces over the road that were blocking out the afternoon sun from large parts of the garden ......... and here's the general area now from above ....... hope you agree it is much more hospitable (in fairness original shots are in February, end shots in September).
now.jpg

I do like the elevation in your garden and the proximity of the roof, bet its a nice heat store too, adding to the microclimate when the sun goes down!

fern Rob

Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by fern Rob » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:07 pm

Looks like i will be having to change my garden soon so better take some photos for then and now pics.

cordyman

Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by cordyman » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:36 pm

fern Rob wrote:Looks like i will be having to change my garden soon so better take some photos for then and now pics.
change the layout, or move house? icon_scratch

Springy

Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by Springy » Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:32 pm

There's some cracking transformations there!! icon_cheers

Here's mine from day one to the last photo I took on a frosty morning about a month ago. Been here about 4 years or so now! icon_sunny
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Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by fern Rob » Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:56 pm

cordyman wrote:
fern Rob wrote:Looks like i will be having to change my garden soon so better take some photos for then and now pics.
change the layout, or move house? icon_scratch
Some building work but maybe a bit of extra planting area with a flower bed or two.

cordyman

Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by cordyman » Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:42 pm

Springy wrote:There's some cracking transformations there!! icon_cheers

Here's mine from day one to the last photo I took on a frosty morning about a month ago. Been here about 4 years or so now! icon_sunny

Best wiggly lawn on HTUK award? icon_salut

rburrena

Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by rburrena » Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:34 pm

Then (May 2010 - Just moved in)
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A year in (May 2011)
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Now (ish) (Oct 2013)
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Acutally now (notice the Phoenix canariensis_CIDP's autumn/winter growth :D )
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RogerBacardy

Re: Then and Now, how your garden has developed

Post by RogerBacardy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:48 am

Rburrena, I like the way your path is on the shady side and the bed is against the sunny south-facing fence. Speaking of which, who replaced it? They've done a top job. Also see your neighbours have an enclosed trampoline and wooden climbing frame with a tubular slide - nice. Guess you get to hear children playing in the summer.

Your Phoenix canariensis_CIDP has put on a fair bit of growth whilst your waggy looks very healthy. Do you use that outbuilding at the bottom? I think it makes sense to have something at the bottom of the garden, to make a destination, so you use the whole garden :)

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