Tuesday, 12 March 2013

landscaping made easy!

I've been dreaming of fences, trees, flowers, topsoil, gravel, trellises, shade, cool... autumn.  The building site aspect of our front garden is finally getting a bit dreary!  There are so many decisions to make and how will we know we're making the right ones?  The answer, of course, is to just do it - or cheat - use a photoshop type program and see what works!  I have Preview on my Imac.  You can extract a shape from a photo and essentially do a photofit of your garden design to see how your plans will come together.  We've been angsting over the front fence in particular - from lattice, to pickets, to mesh...

But this morning I saw exactly what I thought would work - a fence made from dark-stained timber sleepers.  They have been slotted in to metal posts, kind of like a modern take on post and rail.  I found something similar on internet, took a screenshot and pasted it in on my photo of the house.  I then found (from L-R) Bradford pears, a Chinese elm, crepe myrtle, albizia and a lilac, all of which I'd like to feature along the front of the house.  And whilst you can't really see the front of the house anymore, that's entirely the point!  We need shade and we need to soften the red bricks from the front.  I think we've finally found the answer!

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  1. What a fabulous idea, the photoshopping and the picture! I am so impressed,, love Mrs A.....Mum

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    1. It was a great success - Joe thought it was fabulous!

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  2. I haven't read the post yet - but wow, what dark magic did you work to get your garden growing like that??? Only kidding!

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    1. Tom's reading Harry Potter again - I've been getting a few tips!

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  3. What a good idea- I have real trouble picturing how things will look together so I might have to give this a go!

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    1. It's honestly been such a great help Ellie, I love it! I think I'll have to use the same technique to work out the rest of the garden!

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    1. Thanks Katrina! Now we just have to find the money to pay for it all!

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