Showing posts from October, 2013

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.