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Before and Afters
« on: September 15, 2009, 19:04:25 PM »
Hi All,
Couldn't find Susan O's thread about before and afters... starting to use too much time looking, so herewith a new one.
I realise I may lose all respect as a gardener after posting these, but hey, I've got to make you all feel good about your gardens somehow, eh?  :mmm:

So herewith my reputation:

Before:
This is along the side of my house - unused, unwalked, therefore I can 'let it go to the dogs' when time or energy do not prevail:



From the top end:




Now, bear in mind this is more 'middle' than after (still need to redefine the bed, and then it and surrounding grass must obviously grow) :



From top end (wind blowing crazily) :



The ginger bush and (is it a plectranthus or salvia with variegated leaves and blue spires?) will grow again - they do get straggly without pruning.  I know I've left some long sticks but my pruners couldn't get through those thick parts!  They will probably need to be sawed!  Have a gardener coming in on Friday  :woohoo: (Yes, that's all the cuttings and debris under the small deck ;) )

Next, posted this a while ago:
Just to remind you...



Not much work done, but this will look great in a few months:

Fixed up path, etc now (so we can walk and pick string beans and weed):



More paw-paw tree decided to fall over :(  It's a male and doesn't give us fruit so I wasn't too perturbed.

A view from the other way:



Finally, my big son was atop a wall (entrance to the servant's toilet) and took an aerial pic ;)



So, watch this space.  Coming soon are a mix of string beans, other herbs and flowers!  It will be an area where my little guy that loves to dabble may walk (as opposed to beds like the daylily bed), so I don't hold-out too much hope of having it orderly, etc.  Just an interesting array of all my flower seeds and a couple of edibles :)

Hope it wasn't too boring for you all :)



Best Regards,

Mel.

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Re: Before and Afters
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2009, 19:34:09 PM »
Mel

I LOVE before and afters ;D

And I like your rocky boundary wall - looks so much nicer than our bricked walls.

Keep us updated!
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Re: Before and Afters
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2009, 08:46:20 AM »
I am so envious of you guys with so much space!
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Re: Before and Afters
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2009, 08:51:24 AM »

Mel, this looks exciting!! Keep us posted, well and happy gardening!  ;)

P.s "along the house" is it shady or sunny? Or some of these difficult spots that get
no sun in winter but baking hot in summer?

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Re: Before and Afters
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2009, 23:00:57 PM »
Thanks for comments...
Katja - good questions - forgot to mention that half the reason why the bed has become so neglected is that because of the lack of sun there the plants in the bed have all been leaning over WAY too far onto the grass (the Michaelmas daisies especially) and for 2 years now have been sending their little offspring into the grass.  So, season-before-last I 'expanded' the bed out a bit, but now this time they are so far into the grass that I will have to remove them - replant elswhere and redefine the bed to where it was last year this time (or earlier - will see how far back I should go).  To complicate it, at the same time as all this leaning was happening last summer and during recent autumn, there was a pesky ground cover (weed) - don't know the name - that was badly taking over.  It encroached into the area under the 'lean' which I was not mowing to preserve all the baby plants!  It loved that and has gone right into the bed.  I've removed most of it now.

This is also why the bigger shrubs just had to go back down to ground level - to allow the others a bit more light.  I think the mulberry tree (which is opposite the deck) needs a bit of thinning too... need more manpower.  I sure aint going to try to use the chainsaw.  That would be a sight!  (Quite a dangerous one, I might add!)

I can just get this picture of 5'4 Mel in a muscle-hugger and frayed cut-off jeans donning this huge chainsaw!!!

 :mmm:
Best Regards,

Mel.

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Re: Before and Afters
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2009, 08:38:08 AM »
Keep up the good work Mel
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Re: Before and Afters
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2009, 08:49:06 AM »


I can just get this picture of 5'4 Mel in a muscle-hugger and frayed cut-off jeans donning this huge chainsaw!!!



Grrrrrr. 8)

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Re: Before and Afters
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2009, 23:24:29 PM »
I'm back (spoken in a certain Hungarian accent) ;)  (Without the chainsaw!)

Well, here's the next phases of the bed by the paw-paw trees:



(Cleared a bit more up to the wall)
And then...






There are now a few plants and hundreds of seeds in since these pics.  Beans and peas along the little fences.

Best Regards,

Mel.

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Re: Before and Afters
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2009, 00:13:27 AM »
 :woohoo: Mel
You are doing very very well  :)
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Re: Before and Afters
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2009, 16:53:33 PM »
How immodest of me - I forgot to mention I had a little help from my friends ;)
Michael the gardener was with me on Thursday - big help.  He took the last of the big roots out - the honeysuckle (tecomaria) was rooting suckers everywhere!
Prior to that my future son-in-law, Andrew, was helping with doing some of the clearing.
So I sure cannot take all the credit.  In fact I did most of the easier bits ;)
Best Regards,

Mel.

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Re: Before and Afters
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2009, 18:42:05 PM »

This looks good already, Mel.   :)

You could plant something that ambles a bit down that little retaining wall, like verbenas.......
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Re: Before and Afters
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2009, 19:56:58 PM »
Looking really, really good Mel, well done!!   :clap: Remind me to kidnap you when I come and see you later this year when I take my mom home  LOL
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Re: Before and Afters
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2009, 17:09:49 PM »
Thanks for comments, ladies.  Kareen - you will also have to kidnap my new gardener (he's a keeper) and my future son-in-law too (also a keeper ;)

Katja - paw-paw tree.  Male, no fruit.
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Mel.

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Re: Before and Afters
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2009, 13:04:01 PM »
How exciting... a future son in law!  Congratulations!  Your new bed looks wonderful.  I will look forward to seeing it full of beautiful plants!   :good:
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Re: Before and Afters
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2009, 15:02:03 PM »
Mel - you sure did do a great job there !