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Hi everyone,

I have been an avid allotment grower for 5 years but lived in a flat. This summer we moved so I had to give up my allotment but gained my first ever garden! Flower growing is a whole new ball game to me so I am looking forward to learning lots. When we moved in our gardens were very green and overgrown! I've attached a photo of my back garden not long after we moved in with one of several giant buddleias. There is are also 2 photo of how it looks now at the back. Tidier but in desperate need of colour and flowers!

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Hey @Linky, welcome to the forums :). It's a shame you had to give up on the allotment, but it's pretty cool that you've now got your own garden instead! Loads of potential there too :).
 
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Thanks. Yes it is a shame about the allotment but as we moved an hour away keeping it wasn’t really an option sadly. Once I have the garden under control (I’m sure I can sneak in some fruit and veg as well) I may start looking for another allotment but hard to manage it all while working full time! I also have so much to learn about flowers and need to decide what I want to do with the garden
 
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Yep, Allotment, its a thing in the UK. learned about it years ago, as I am on another garden forum that has lots of UK members. Its a small plot of soil space assigned to folks who are on a waiting list. And you could be right next to a stranger who also has one. I understand once you get it , you can keep it till you die, or if needed give it up, and it goes to the next person on the list. You can do with it as you please. Most folks plant food on it, some also have little storage sheds for tools etc. These are usually folks that live in tight dense housing areas with no soil at all, or not enough for anything. I hope I got all that correct, or close to from what I understand.
 
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Welcome to the forum! We'll all chime in with answers and suggestions for any of your questions. You've made amazing progress with the clean-up and cutting back in your yard!
 

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Welcome to the forum, Linky!! :) Nice job on cleaning up that yard!! I'm looking forward to your posts!!



You all lost me at, "allotment grower" :confused:
We have much the same thing here - they just call it "Community gardens." :) ;)
 

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Welcome to the forum, @Linky


Congratulations on having your own garden!

You could still have raised bed and grow your own, as you point out. You don't need to give up growing vegs all at once. Soon, you will enjoy having more colours, shapes and perfume in your own garden.
 

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I sound like a very sick parrot! Sorry, but my laptop has been out of connection for nearly a week and it is allergic to any kind of clicks ..
 
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I sound like a very sick parrot! Sorry, but my laptop has been out of connection for nearly a week and it is allergic to any kind of clicks ..

I wanted to LIKE @MaryMary 's post. I was redirected to

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Oh, I am sick as a parrot!
 

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I'd better get out of here:eek::LOL:! LOL!
 

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@alp, :( I am very sorry that you are having problems with your laptop and/or internet connection. Truly I am. I know how frustrating that can be. (n)


I wanted to LIKE @MaryMary 's post. I was redirected to

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BUT... that is hilarious!! :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
 
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Linky !


I hope you have decide what plants you will like to get for your new garden, It becomes confusing when I go to buy plants(n), I just want to buy them all.:ROFLMAO:

I sound like a very sick parrot! Sorry, but my laptop has been out of connection for nearly a week and it is allergic to any kind of clicks ..
Maybe its time to reset your computer or at least reset the browser, try to back up data fron PC before resetting/ export bookmarks and passwords if saved in browser before resetting.

I reset once in a month, so I don't have to do this
 
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LOL! I will ask my son as he thinks this laptop belongs to him as well... It will take me ages to back up my laptop .. Son does it all through the night.

Wish I could just dump it out of the wiindow and get a new and reset one just like that . LOL!
 
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Nice useful garden. You could draw out the whole garden and label the various aspects.. Which spots has the longest hours of sunshine? And write down the plants that you like and note their heights. Have some evergreen shrubs which are compact and which add interest all year round .. colours, flowers, fragrance and berries and all those. I am sure you will have an exciting time going round gc ..
 
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You all lost me at, "allotment grower" :confused:
Ah yes, I forgot there are a lot of American posters on here! My other forum ( for allotment growers) is mainly UK based. I think they are like your community gardens but purely designed for people to grow food and maybe a bit of sitting around when worn out from all the digging Not pretty like gardens but functional! Mine was 50m by 10m and I paid the equivalent of $25 rent per year which included the use of water from taps. For those who live in towns /cities they are very popular and often have long waiting lists
 
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Hiya Linky.....warm welcome :)
I grow veg and fruit but also passionate about the ornamental side of gardening too.
You can certainly brighten up your garden with well chosen plants for all year round colour.
For a bit of inspiration take a look at Christopher Lloyd's books like the Adventurous Gardener and the Well Tempered Gardener. He talks poetically, knowledgeably and amusingly about gardens and plants in a way that really helps to enjoy gardening.
Enjoy your new garden :)
 
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I feel like having one now. So cheap .. @Linky I hope you're keeping your allotment.. It's peanut for such a big piece of land.
 

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