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7 April 2012

The great garden project - unveiled!

Anyone who follows me on Twitter or has visited here recently will have witnessed me wittering on about 'The Great Garden Project' - a.k.a the project to turn the garden from a place full of weeds and old paving slabs to a place where we can sit and enjoy the sunshine and grow lots of flowers and veggies (not such a snappy title).  I wish we'd taken some 'Before' photos when we moved in really, because what you're seeing in the photos below is nothing like when we first moved in.  When we moved in the weeds were about waist high across the whole garden and the borders either side were full of bushes and trees and so overgrown we didn't even know how big the garden really was.  So it took a lot of work to even get it looking like this, which is what it looked like until a week ago when we started on it.



Last Saturday we started yanking up the paving slabs, pulling up weeds and laying gravel.  After a week of working on it every evening, several trips to the dump, one big fire and a trip to B&Q, it now looks like this... (Cyber drum roll please!)




What do you think? I am absolutely in love with it; its going to be such an awesome place to sit outside and entertain friends when it warms up a bit! There is still a lot to do (we need to paint the shed and the fences and get rid of all the paving slabs) but it was ready for its first entertaining yesterday when my family visited for a barbecue! Of course we toasted the garden with some bubbles and rolled out the bunting!




I can't wait till the beds and the borders are full of flowers, it's going to look so lovely! What do you think? I love it so much I keep going out and looking at it - do you do that when you've done something new in your house?

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comments:

  1. Awh well done on your garden!! I was so impressed i just showed my boyfriend the pics. Go you!! xo

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  2. Oh Rosie it's lovely! Cant wait to come over and have some garden time :D xx

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  3. Your garden is such a good size! I love the gravel, looks much better than the slabs, brightens it up no end! Can't beat a bit of bunting too :)

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    x

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  4. Aw your garden looks absolutely lovely!! Good job :) If I had my own house I'd definitely be the same, going back to look at it all the time!!
    x x x

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  5. Wow, it looks stunning! Watch out Alan Titchmarsh!

    Ayeisha
    x

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  6. Looks so fabulous! It's like a garden you'd see in a movie, adore!

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  7. Its fantastic! Can't believe you did all that in just a week! Hope we suddenly have a heatwave so you can get out there and enjoy it!

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  8. BLOODY HELL! well done you - superwoman ;D i want one! :P

    maddie xx
    vintagebeautyx.blogspot.com

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  9. Love it & it's going to be amazing come summertime. Can't believe how much you managed in a week, go you! xx

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  10. All the time and it looks great!

    Mrs W x

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  11. oohh fabby ! i bet your have some great parties out there looks like a great outdoor space love the bunting !

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  12. wow it looks brilliant! You've really tranformed it.

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  13. Looks awesome, great job! I wish we had a private garden, although we still manage to grow a lot of veg in the communal garden of our flat.
    Betty
    x

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  14. WOW Rosie! Your hard work has evidently paid off! Looks like such a nice place to spend time! Well done! What an achievement! xx

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  15. Ahh wow it looks great, I love the bunting :) Perfect for lot's of Barbecues in summer!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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  16. looks amazing! xx

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  17. This is gorgeous! I want a garden to do up now! xxx

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  18. Wow, what a transformation!

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  19. You should be so flippin' proud of yourself! It looks absolutely fantastic! Perfect entertaining space. I wish I had a garden half as pretty as that xxx

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  20. Wow what a transformation, yay you! :)

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  21. So pretty! I love the bunting!! Great job!

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  22. i just looove your blog, its so beautiful :)
    new fan ♥
    xxx

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  23. What an improvement!! Amazing! x

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  24. Your garden is absolutely amazing!!!! I literally can't believe it! And it's so big!! I'd love a garden like that! It's beautiful :) x

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  25. Wow it looks amazing! Makes me have garden envy as I don't have one.

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  26. This looks fab! Well done you! The bunting is such a cute touch too

    Lou xx
    Bits & Bobs

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  27. Oh wow, that's so cute :). I now have huge garden envy!

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  28. Nowwwwww I see why you're in LOVE WITH YOUR GARDEN. This is actually insaneeeeee!x

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  29. what a transformation! looks fab xx

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  30. It looks great! I'm a fan of gravel and will be doing something similar when I eventually get a house. Oh and I love the bunting!

    xx

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  31. What a beautiful transformation! And just in time for the spring/summer too! The bunting is a lovely touch x

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  32. You have done bloomin well with this! It looks gorgeous xx

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  33. I love your garden! I love that you're growing lots of bits and pieces- I need to get on the green-fingered band-wagon!! I have planted a few bits in the front, but the back is looking rather drab. Would you leave the bunting out all the time or just put it out when you're entertaining? xx

    P.S. I think you'd reeeeeeeally like my friend's blog btw.. http://280213.blogspot.co.uk/

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  34. ahh the garden looks so adorable!! you should be very happy, id live out in it!! the bunting makes it super cute. hope you have lots of fun times out there.
    really love your style and the blog!!
    following! maybe follow me back? i am new to all this millarky!!

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    love esme x

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  35. It looks amazing, I love the bunting! Unfortunately I live in a top floor flat, so don't have a garden. I love posts like this though, as they make me excited for the day I can own my own place and potter around doing it up! x

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  36. That is my ideal garden, what a beautiful transformation! You must be so pleased with all of your hard work, it was definitely worth it :)
    R xx

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  37. Wow, it looks amazing! :)

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  38. O my god! I cannot believe the transformation, it's insane! You have such a nice place now!! It's like a little paradise!

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  39. wow this is such an amazing project and it looks great. i am loving the bunting xx

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