Lauren Sizeland’s Garden Safari

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I moved to this house and garden in 2017 – the outdoor space, about 130 feet in length, was a very overgrown and apparently unloved space. After allowing 9 months to see what the seasons brought I realised there had at some point in the past been a keen gardener as various trees blossomed and I uncovered several rangy shrubs, including a number of roses. I appointed some guys to do hard landscaping, installing a large patio and redeveloping “the wildnerness” at the top end (a part I was afraid to venture, as the borders were in accessible, there were decrepit rabbit hutches, old tyres, it was overrun with brambles – you get the picture!). As “the wilderness’ was the sunniest spot all year, I chose to have some raised beds built so it is now my fruit and veg area.

For the rest of the space I was keen to retain the old trees, including apples, damsons, Hawthornes, American Cranberry and Acer. I was also keen to preserve as many of the shrubs as possible and I used these to help create some structure. I wanted to create colour and interest all year round and have planted the flower beds with this in mind. I was also keen to attract bees and butterflies to help support the wildlife ecosystem as much as possible. In the early spring there are complimentary coloured bulbs: pale and bright yellows and purples and this transitions in late spring and through to autumn to different colour schemes on each side. On one is the ‘hot bed’ with crimsons and various hot to pale pinks, interspersed with white and on the other side are cool blues, mauves and whites, with a couple of warm pink roses, which I considered too old to move!

I do hope you enjoy looking through my photos and hopefully next year you’ll be able to visit and absorb my garden sanctuary, smell the scents and see the huge range of insects!

Sara & Stephen Dallenger-Bradshaw’s Garden Tour

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Three years ago we rescued a badly neglected house and an even more neglected garden. In the dense undergrowth, we discovered a pair of wrought iron obelisks and a garden pond. This showed us that eight years previously the then owners must have had a keen interest in their garden.

With limited funds we have slowly breathed back life into the garden front and back. We brought our much loved Hostas and Acers from our old garden.

We have also added a Garden Bar, built in Lockdown, for a staycation this summer….

Karen Watling’s Garden Tour

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My garden started 5 years ago.  It was an old garden with fruit trees

We are lucky to have two big gardens, one is about 90ft and the top garden is about 150ft with four different areas. I Redesigned the garden myself and planted every tree and plant from scratch. I wanted to create a white garden with different areas for seating as the garden is south facing. From our french door windows I can see up the garden through the pergola which has white roses and white jasmine growing around it and the smell is amazing.


Francine Smith’s Chinese Dragon

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We have a new addition to our bed this year, a Chinese dragon and we think he looks right at home under the Acer! Pleased to see that our borage is returning again, and the Nigella which was planted from seed this year.

One of our favourite places to visit locally is the Sussex Prairie Gardens and my planting is inspired by this, naturalistic, flowing and always with grasses. My favourite colour in the garden is green.

Pauline and Brian Bennett’s Garden Tour

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View this lovely garden from a tiered rockery, along a woodchip path to tranquil swing and water course.

Pauline says –
We are very much novices when it comes to gardening. Six years ago, which coincided with our retirement from full time employment, we had the opportunity to purchase a plot of former railway land at the back of our property, which doubled the size of our garden.  Up until then we had been observers rather than doers when it came to gardening. We are now on a steep learning curve with a constant battle with squirrels, pigeons and the dreaded slugs.

When it comes to planting it is very much trial and error despite watching gardening programmes on TV. There seem to be so many variables, soil type, full sun, shade, wet or well drained ground and the list goes on. However we are enjoying the journey and the satisfaction gained from successes.

For me the most pleasure is derived from watching and listening to the birds.