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I’ve always wondered about writing a blog; what would I write and wouldn’t it be boring for people to read about my everyday life ?. Then I came across this great site, GOY and I started reading about other peoples everyday gardening lives, I loved it and found it so interesting.

So..I’ve decided to give it a go !!.

I have been gardening for about 8 years and am currently working on my second garden. My first garden was a very small plot that backed on to the Grand Union Canal in Loughborough, where we owned a small townhouse. When I moved in with my (now) Husband the garden was a mass of long grass and weeds. He was not much of a gardener !! & didn’t even own a lawnmower !!. We removed all the grass and created a paved gravel garden with a patio at the bottom of the garden that joined on to the canal. Although border space was minimal we specialised in growing plants in containers and had about 100 planted each year. People passing by on their boats and barges loved it, as did we. It was a real suntrap throughout the day.

See the photos showing work in progress, July 1999……

and the finished garden, pictures taken July 2002…….

But, we outgrew the house and decided to move to a bigger detached property.Although a modest sized garden we have now managed to reshape and create additional borders. There is a good sized patio laid a couple of years ago & perfect for sitting with a cup of tea catching the morning sun, a gazebo for relaxing in the late afternoon sunshine, a shed which is packed full of tools etc, 2 other seating areas and a wonderful little wildlife pond which is home to frogs and newts. The garden is east facing but still seems to have part of it in the sun each day, as there are no large trees or houses that really cast any shadow on it, which is great. Does get very damp and mossy in the winter though. Here are some piccies taken 3 years ago …..

Well, I’ve given the blog a good go & introduced you all to the beginnings of my gardening interest. So, I’ll sign off for now & see if I can write a second instalment shortly.

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fantastic you have a great eye for garden design

welcome to GOY, look forward to reading more of your blogs soon

Mrs melon x

25 May, 2009


Really interesting blog Claire...I love both the gardens you have created so far. Look forward to reading more...and yes, I agree with Mrs Melon, you have a great eye for design and colour :)

25 May, 2009


Lovely, well designed gardens.

25 May, 2009


I agree both gardens are very well designed

25 May, 2009


Your garden is beautiful, thanks for sharing

25 May, 2009


I'm surprised they didn't moor up and invite themselves ashore. Both lovely gardens, Claire.

26 May, 2009


Looking forward to seeing more.

26 May, 2009


Fantastic gardens Claire. Looking forward to seeing more of them. Great blog. Welcome to GoY.

27 May, 2009


Welcome from me, loved your pictures what a great setting on the canal, moving water just the ticket.
Look forward to seeing more pics.

27 May, 2009



Looks like you are a natural GoY'er - I love looking at other peoples gardens, and it is great reading about the joys and disasters experienced by other folks (particularly disasters - then I know Im not alone!)

28 May, 2009


What a lovely blog. I really enjoyed looking at your gardens. They're lovely, especially the canal one. Stunning.

Blog on, girl. :o)

30 May, 2009

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