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Developments in My Garden

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This was the view from the top of the field next to the house which was purchased with the intention to develop a garden. The regular rows were a crop of christmas trees already on the plot that were to be harvested the following year by the previous owner, but this did not happen due to some contractural failures. Only a few rows remain around the margins where they were kept as a windbreak and have now grown to over 7 metres, the rest have been removed as the garden has developed. The lower part which was a grazing field is now overgrown grass used by wildlife, apart from a portion at the top where the vegetable plot lies. The approximate positions of the subsequent developments are shown. The small garden around the house only had a few shrubs and tangled grass as the house was rented for some time and vacant for few years before I acquired it so it provided a clean slate to create a new one.

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Work started at the front of the house which was a gravel yard bordered by grass. Using spoil from lowering the floors of the cottage, the concrete slab beside the door was softened by forming a flowerbed.
On the opposite side to the house the grass was covered for about six months with heavy black matting to kill the grass and weeds. Then more beds transformed the area. A gap was formed in the hedge toopen onto the field where the new garden has developed and four large boulders arranged as a Dolmen to form a focal point.
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This path runs at the top of the yard garden following the edge of the original yard and around the back of the Phormium tenax 'Verigata' seen in the middle of the above picture.
This is the view towards the house showing the "Dolmen", the top stone is quite large and required a hoist to install. The underlying image shows the top stone being hoisted into position.
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At the back of the house there was a steep, crumbling bank covered in brambles and weeds. To tidy up the area and provide access to the higher ground to the left of this picture, a dry-stone retaining wall was topped with a path which slopes down to the right, around the side of the house. The grass in the foreground has since been replaced with a wall garden.
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