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Christmas 2013 - Lets put our stamp on it

We have been here for a few months now not really doing anything with the outside space but just getting used to having our first home and garden. However...we have put our stamp on the garden already. I am happy to have been gifted my first Gnome for Christmas and from the cute Woodland Wilf collection.   Loving my first Woodland Wilf - will have to buy more! .  

It begins - surveying what we have

The garden is very messy but we have fallen in love with it - this is why we have purchased this house - we can immediately see its potential. Neither of us are gardeners, my parents love their gardening now although for most of my childhood their garden was a football pitch - that's what happens when you have 6 children - 4 of them boys.   I think my passion for gardening stems from watching the wonderful Percy Thrower on Blue Peter in the 70's/80's - that private walled space that he created always intrigued me.  I think we all have that mentality that it would be awesome to discover your very own secret garden . My partner originates from South Africa and remembers amazing flora and different exotic plants but was never really bothered about gardening. Very overgrown with hideous life-draining Conifers. Just to the left of the picture above is a huge Holly Tree, its branches almost touch the upstairs windows of the house and extend over our neighbour

First blog post ever - clueless DIYers/Gardeners

We have just bought our first house together in the West Midlands and are settling in.   We now have a lot of work ahead of us as this house and garden have been unloved for many years having been empty for 12 months, a student rental prior to that and an NHS registered business before that.  The walls from the adjoining house were knocked through to create a larger building - this is now all bricked up and the houses have been returned to two semi-detached properties. Our aim is to develop our complete lack of DIY/Gardening skills and transform the garden into a destination for friends and family to enjoy - watch this space! This little house was built and first sold in September 1934 just at the end of the Art Deco Period.  The road forms a long crescent shape meaning we are lucky to have gained quite a nice sized outside space due to the positioning of the house on the bend in the road.