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Snowy



Joined: 16 Apr 2006
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Location: Staffordshire

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:55 am    Post subject: Garden Project Reply with quote

Hi All,

H have not posted alot over the last four years, only we moved house & it is a massive project inside & out. I posted a photo of the garden about three years ago showing a blank canvas after we had removed all the rubbish, weeds. dead trees & leaking pond. We have now finished the garden project apart the odd one or two fill in plants. most of the garden has been built around wildlife we have a conifer hedge one side & a mixed hedge the other with privet, holly & hawthorn, the boarders are planted with all different evergreen shrubs, there is pyracanthas with red, yellow & orange berries, cotoneaster with pink berries, Viburnium, Yew, berberis, Aucuba, sweet/christmas box & mahonia, just to name a few. All the work has been done by me & my wife with the exception of the brick work for the steps, well & pond wall.




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Strixaluco



Joined: 24 Mar 2005
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Location: Mayford, Sy

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Snowy (and Mrs Snowy!)

You've both obviously worked very hard - I hope that you'll now have plenty of time to relax and watch the birds. Smile

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Snowy



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Location: Staffordshire

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Elizabeth, yes we can now relax in the garden in summer, it still needs quite a bit of maintenance at the moment tying in climbers, pruning shrubs, cutting the lawns & watering until every thing is established, With having a well I purchased a pump to draw the water off so I don't pay for any of the water for the garden or the pond. I drain clean the pond out once a year in the Autunm just after all the leaves have fallen, I draw 120 gallons of water from the wall & the water level in the well never changes & with the water coming from under ground I don't have to put any additives in it. the well was in a poor state when we moved in & now I have a little cast iron stopcock cover that I cover with my bird bath & just lift the bird bath & drop my hose connected to my pump & draw off what ever water I need. What we have done to the garden seems to have worked my garden bird tick list is now 39 different species, we have frogs the odd mouse a badger & a fox that comes every night for an egg & a peanut butter sandwich.



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Kit



Joined: 25 Sep 2005
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Location: Nottingham

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks fabulous! (And enormous!) You're obviously doing all the right things, as the wildlife is coming in abundance. I hope you get even more birds as the shrubs mature.
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Snowy



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Location: Staffordshire

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kitty, it is a big garden but thats one of the reasons we moved here, at the other house we had the garden was only small & every time you went out the back door to do anything all the birds flew away the crows, magpies & pigeons still do but the small birds sparrows, tits & finches etc are quite happy to feed without being spooked very time the door is opened, they will feed even when we are pottering about the garden I think another reason for this is, behind us is a large field & parkland & the birds are used to people & there dogs. If you think our garden is big the land which our house & garden are build on belonged to next door, it was there Italian garden & tennis court & there garden is still bigger than ours. If you look at the first picture you can see a huge concrete structure in the right hand corner, thats a world war II air raid shelter when next door sold the land the boarder went right through the middle of the shelter, next door have the enterance to the shelter I just have a block of concrete which I have put metal trellis across with climbing plants & planted around it to hide it, there are fat feeders on the trellis which the woodpecker loves & in another couple of years you will not know it,s there.



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