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Where do I start

This is along the front of the garden. It slopes down to a forest road, is stoney, clay, holds water, we get a lot of rain. I planted he Rowan trees that have done really well but I can't mow or easily strim so want to cover to supress the weeds/brambles etc. It looks beautiful in the late spring with the wild flowers but if I wait until after these flowers have seeded before cutting the bank back the bracken and brambles are up and the grass is so long and thick it makes really hard work. In all there is about 3 quarters of an acre like this both here and on up behind the house. I was thinking of soft ground cover to the top (where the grass is looking brown on the left of the pic) so I can mow along the top to stop it coming across the grass. What to choose.
PS. I just realised I forgot to crop this pic as this is the neighbours house, ours is not so finished!!!

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its beautiful.

31 Aug, 2009


Thank you Suey.
I can relate to your profile so much although at 48 I'm not to sure I feel as young as 70. I had a dog for many years but now keep children instead and yes a wild garden is a great idea but I start to feel more claustrophobiic as the summer progresses as it all grows taller and wider.

31 Aug, 2009


This is a lovely canvas, look and at what others in your area have done with theirs? Also the local gardening club will help with local knowledge and often have freebies. Perhaps start a collection of plants that grow well in the area. Lots of books have been written by people who have done this before you. 'Place of Stones' is one that comes to mind.

2 Sep, 2009


Thanks for this D.
I'll check out 'Place of stones' certainly. The gaelic name we gave to our site means a stony/rocky place, rocky peak/outcrop. We are on heaps of stone and even had to re-route the access track a wee bit due to a rock that the digger couldn't shift. It sounded just the right name and this sounds just the right book!

3 Sep, 2009


I wonder what this looks like now GF?

22 Aug, 2011


Hello D.
It's sadly not looking any different. I've had a difficult couple of years with the economic downturn and have had to close my woodworking business. I'm lucky though in that I have found a job but it leaves me no time to do those things around the garden. We also lost an awful lot of plants over the last two winters. However I have got a few things done so I will look out some photos just to show a more optomistic view while we wait for spring!

23 Nov, 2011


Glad you found a job but you must have had it tough?

23 Nov, 2011


Not nearly as tough as many are experiencing so I consider myself lucky really (We both have work, we still have a roof over our heads and can still look forward to getting the garden sorted one day). Just hope there's better economic news for everyone soon.

28 Nov, 2011


Lets hope so

28 Nov, 2011

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