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    Default Any keen gardeners ??

    So here in blighty with the advent of some sunny weather thoughts are turning to the garden and how we can add a splash of colour to our otherwise grey lives. I have always been enthusiastic but never very good with gardening, Last year i spent at least 100 on plants that flower year after year (perennials) half of them are now a pile of dry twigs and will now need replacing. Also during last summers very dry spell i must of managed to over water my lawn (is that possible?) now it is like a patchwork quilt!.
    I was considering fake grass to do away with all the hastle but it really doesn't look realistic. Then there is the annual jetwashing and fence painting,weeding,pruning,watering and pest control....Phew, i'm breaking a sweat thinking about it!
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    We struggled with our lawn so ripped it all up and made two huge raised gardens/borders and surrounded it all with white gravel .. looks amazing and sooo easy to look after

    Id suggest having an skeleton structure evergreen of medium sized ( they will grow ) shrubs in the background .. then the garden looks good 365 days a year and you just fill in at the front with cheaper annuals to provide the colour ..




    The Evergreen shrubs I went for a called Pieris Forest Flames .. they have kinda variegated leaf colours and twice a year spring and autumn the new growth appears as a curtain of bright red ..




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    Looks great!...Well done Z
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    So being a spring/summer gardener only, i've spent all day today getting a final cut on the lawn, digging out what remains of the bedding plants (most of them were dead weeks ago) and cleaning the mower and tools ...i'm knackered
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    Thankfully my place doesn't have a garden - my late father used to do the gardening at my old place until he passed on, and then it had assistance from the council's gardening scheme. It would never win first prize in any gardening contest.
    Telling it almost exactly like it was so many years later - and proud of doing so!

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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    Thankfully my place doesn't have a garden - my late father used to do the gardening at my old place until he passed on, and then it had assistance from the council's gardening scheme. It would never win first prize in any gardening contest.
    My family used to have a garden at the backyard. I was so nostalgic about that so I managed to make one at my current place. I quickly realized that I don't have much time to maintain it, what a shame. I decided to keep just a green lawn. Besides, using a weed trimmer like this is way more fun than gardening to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlowerWY View Post
    My family used to have a garden at the backyard. I was so nostalgic about that so I managed to make one at my current place. I quickly realized that I don't have much time to maintain it, what a shame. I decided to keep just a green lawn. Besides, using a weed trimmer like this is way more fun than
    gardening to me.
    I used to love gardening,planting up pots in the spring waiting for the display of glorious colours,had window boxes hanging baskets as you get older the enthusiasm goes and less gets done.Maybe that's why keen gardeners downsize as they get older.No way I could cut lawns anymore or trim shrubs or worst chore in the garden weeding

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    Quote Originally Posted by amethyst View Post
    I used to love gardening,planting up pots in the spring waiting for the display of glorious colours,had window boxes hanging baskets as you get older the enthusiasm goes and less gets done.Maybe that's why keen gardeners downsize as they get older.No way I could cut lawns anymore or trim shrubs or worst chore in the garden weeding
    For sure as you get older and your health deteriorates the enthusiasm wanes a little and what used to be fun can become a chore, but if you do a little often instead of trying to get everything done in one session it can still be enjoyable
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    I will make an effort to do gardening when the spring arrives.The miniature daffodils are shooting up love those compared with bigger tall daffodils narcissi and wind dosent blow them down.Bought them in Home Bargains about 8 years ago

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    Aldi have a pack of 6 pink primulas for 2.49 also herbs in terracotta pots 2.79 each,Rosemary,Sage,Thyme etc

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