February Half Term Garden Project.

This was the Old House Garden in Dec 2017. We have lots of Plans and so decided to try to get started!

Old house garden
The old house garden in Dec 2017

You can read about what the garden looked like 2 years ago when we moved in here

Old out building
This is the old ‘cat’ house as only the cats lived in it!
The cat building had to go!
This space!

So what would you do with this space? We thought about putting the new shed here but it’s such a large space! It’s a place that gets sun all day so the large border could just be extended? Or perhaps we could put a trellis across the area to connect to the archway to make this section more defined? Or maybe a new wildlife pond?
I’d be interested in what you think.
We also met with our Architect and Builder today to talk about the plans for the house. The extension is going to be beautiful! I’ll just say….Green Oak and leave it at that for now!!

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  • If it get the sun all day i’d be tempted to make it a patio area (unless you’be already got that covered). I hope the extension goes well

    • It’s so cold here though, my fingers are numb and the ground is hard…..although now I’ve just said that I realise I how silly that is to you as you are surrounded by snow! Xx

      • Cold is cold, regardless where you live! It is going to be above freezing today! Very exciting!

  • What an amazing space. I can’t wait to see what it will look like. I’d love a summer house (well a wine shack). It is a pity you can’t rescue that or are you planning on a new one? Thank you for linking up to #PointShoot 📸

    • I think we’ll put a pond here but I love the idea of a wine shack! X

  • Exciting time with all these chages to garden and house! I think a pond sounds like a good idea (and one you can embrace now your children are old enough not to jump in it!) #Pointshoot xx

  • What a fab garden, I love all the space you have. I used to have a big garden in two halves but a tiny house. Now I have a huge house but a tiny garden. I’m sure whatever you decide its going to look great. The house extension sounds intriguing too. You’ll soon have your home exactly as you want.

    • Thank you for stopping by, Anne. It is an ongoing project but we love it! I don’t plan to ever move again!

  • Hi Sophie, just look at that lovely space you have to play with! I can’t wait to see what you do with it. We have recently moved into our house and we are starting to plan our gardens out. I’d love a pond but the kiddies are still quite young and I’d be scared stiff that they may end up in it, so that can be for in the future. Looking forward to your updates 🙂 x

    • Thank you Jayne. Yes, do you know Hubble and I chatted about safety with future grandkids (along way off but heh!) you gave to be so careful with little ones. Thanks for popping over to my blog. X

  • I’d go for an orangery that you can sit in and watch exotic fruit grow. Big enough for a table to sit at and eat. Stump removal is my least favourite job. Hope you cleared yours easily. #keepingitreal

    • Its been very very tough but we’ve now built a bank over it! Its going to be a pond. We are having a large extension so I shall have my glass space for sitting in and enjoying the sunshine! Thanks for popping over.

  • Hi Sophie, what a lovely big garden you have there. The possiblities are endless. I’d can see a natural, wild looking pnds there with a nice trellis somehwre there too. I bet Primorose has a fab time exploring the garden, she looks beside herself with excitment!
    Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal.

    • I am so sorry for the really bad typing. My brain waas working faster than my fingers!

    • Thank you for your kind comments Debbie. Xx

  • This is super we have been gardening over the half term the girls love gardening Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  • A wildlife pond would get my vote! It is great for children. Our youngest really looks after ours – she’s a little bit obsessed by frogs and slime, so it is perfect for her! We’ve had newts, frogs and a grass snake in there (we’re not sure if the newts survived this!) You also then attract damselflies and dragonflies, which are very exciting!

    • Yes I agree! We have a pond in the woodland part of the garden but the liner is degrading so we need to replace this really. I think we shall leave it be but it’s more of a bog at the moment hence the new pond. We have frogs, newts, toads and slowworms so hopefully they will like it!

  • You were very busy over the half term it seems! But you got a brilliant amount of work done.
    My vote is on a garden pond, because I think they attract a wider source of wildlife like frogs. However, I’m sure whatever you choose to do will look beautiful 🙂

    • Me too! We have now dug the hole but the snow kind of stopped the work! X

      • Maybe nature was a little too eager to fill your pond up haha!
        I look forward to seeing some photos of it though! I’m sure a pond will make a great addition to your garden 🙂

  • It’s hard work digging ponds isn’t, always surprising a) how much soil there is b) how long it takes to dig down any depth after the first trench comes out c) how much tea is required during such work
    It’s looking great 👍

    • It so does! On hold due to snow…..hope you are feeling better buddy.

  • Wow, you have been busy! Hmmmm, a trellis or wildlife pond would be a nice addition. And more flowers! I don’t know what I would do with that much space, add more plants if nothing else!

    • Yes, always more plants! I want lots of butterfly bushes as I want more butterflies!

  • You’re certainly making great progress, and the possibilities are endless – pond, alpine garden, summerhouse, seating area – I’ll be interested to see what you do with it in the end. #MyGloriousGardens

    • Yes, I think it’s going to be a wildlife pond Paul. That’s the plan anyway!

  • Your garden looks like a real labour of love and a work in progress, looking forward to reading more having just joined your linky. Looks like a great area for a wildlife garden..

    • Thank you -yes, I think we are going for a wildlife pond now. Thank you for joining in lovely. X

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