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Old Dec 5th 2011, 5:38 am
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We moved in 2 years ago, and ever since then I have been working on the large garden, bit different from my UK garden which had 3 small borders. This garden had been thoughtfully planted but before we moved in suffered 3 years of neglect. It's getting to be how I want it now, though not finished yet I'm not into growing veggies, only two of us, so no pics of veg plots here

I started off as a complete amateur, and have ended up 2 years into this project also, well, erm, as a complete amateur, but it's so easy here, great weather, everything grows so well

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These climbing roses are new, hopefully will be stunning in about 3 years?




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Back of the garage


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Old Dec 5th 2011, 5:59 am
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Looks lovely, well done!
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Excellent....now how big is your lawn mower.....
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Excellent....now how big is your lawn mower.....
50 inch cutting deck but I am such a geek that I bought a push mower to get the stripes in the front lawn




We're just watching Location Location - set in London, a 18 foot long flat was half the price of the property we have here, with all this space and garden.

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So you designed the lawns to give yourself a good excuse to buy a sit on lawn mower to zip around your estate on.... So by looking at your garden we can safely presume you are pleased with life in Canterbury? In the London flat you wouldn't need a lawn mower.....nowhere to garage it....
How big is your plot and do you find it easy to manage?

Sorry missed the original push mower bit!

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So you designed the lawns to give yourself a good excuse to buy a sit on lawn mower to zip around your estate on.... So by looking at your garden we can safely presume you are pleased with life in Canterbury? In the London flat you wouldn't need a lawn mower.....nowhere to garage it....
How big is your plot and do you find it easy to manage?
No the garden was designed about ten years ago apparently, then neglected for three - we actually bought a ride on mower previously when in a rental, as we knew by then we would be living rural (3 dogs then, now 4).

Oh yes, very pleased

2.5 acres, all garden but not all "formal", we have fruit trees and a native tree area too plus a petanque court - soon to be a Japanese garden (my idea) - all planted before we arrived. It is not trivial to maintain, I do have gardeners come here once a month for 8 hours to help, but I am also gradually realising that planting some low maintenance beds would reduce the grass area and possibly be less work......

But yes, it's like living in a park stuff we could only dream of in the UK, yet totally within reach here

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Thank you for the reply, nice to hear from a 'happy Kiwi'....
How about a very large water garden.....dosn't need too much maintenance or would it become a doggies swimming pool... You are right about the size 2.1/2 acres here would be classified as a park...
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Wow, really gorgeous ~ I hope you get plenty time to just sit out there with a nice cold beer! Can't see the grass here at the minute, everything covered in snow ~ just spent the last half hour trying to defrost the tap in the yard Roll on an offer on the house!
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Forgot to ask ~ how long do your roses bloom over there?
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Forgot to ask ~ how long do your roses bloom over there?
and add to that how long (time) does the grass grow......
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That's wonderful. Wish you had taken some before you had done all the hard work.
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Forgot to ask ~ how long do your roses bloom over there?
they are all floribunda roses so they repeat flower, should still have some flowers next May, if deadheaded promptly,m so about 7-8 months of flowers.

Grass growing season is about 10 months a year because we irrigate. If we didn't it would be brown from now until next June.

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our garden with not so much work, just alot of grass cutting and more shrubs

i like to spend my time drinking wine than weeding
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Oh wow, it looks fantastic. Like sitting in a pretty English garden and one that you can actually get to spend time in, lol.
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