How to make a wheelchair friendly garden.

Two years ago I began to reinvent my garden. I needed it to change because I was unable to walk and needed to make the garden wheelchair friendly.

If you follow the link to my previous hub on this, you can see how we changed the garage to a new studio and the untidy lawn at a silly angle to a nice flat open courtyard. Everything is now planted in tubs and is very accessible.

So this summer we set about the rest of the garden which has been out of bounds for me for a few years because it was so difficult for me to access.

You can from the pictures it was totally out of control from neglect and the grandkids playing there.

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You can see that a lot of the problem was two years of neglect, so I decided to call in my builder who had done such a brilliant job of the lower courtyard section.

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You can see that a lot of the problem was two years of neglect, so I decided to call in my builder who had done such a brilliant job of the lower courtyard section.

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It was also another journey to the stone sales place across the border in Lancashire to find more Indian sandstone.

You can see from the picture below, that we took down a section of fencing to bring the stone in rather than carry it all the way through the garden.

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Below is the top end of the garden, and then views back towards the house.

This dug out square is to make a base for another flagged area that may be used to site a log cabin at a later date.

the old brickworks was the foundation for the greenhouse which we also pulled down this last summer 2012

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This will be flaggedLooking back to the houseAfter we changed it now look backThe dogs take a look
This will be flagged
This will be flagged
Looking back to the house
Looking back to the house
After we changed it now look back
After we changed it now look back
The dogs take a look
The dogs take a look

I’ve always been fascinated with ancient stone circles so I thought that I might have my own.

A new retaining wall was built to add another area and more interest to the site.

There is another new area just above the stone circle, there are two small steps, but I have left room for a ramp to the side for easy access.

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The circle is squared off with matching stoneThe new areas begin to emerge
The circle is squared off with matching stone
The circle is squared off with matching stone
The new areas begin to emerge
The new areas begin to emerge

Just to prove I’m not too hard a task manager, I let the crew have some lunch.

I’m trying to make this site look really interesting as well as being a good place to sit out and enjoy my garden

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come on lads tea break is over
come on lads tea break is over
come on lads tea break is over

Next I wanted a water feature, I love the tinkle and splash of water, it adds an extra element to the garden. The stone is a sandstone monolith which has been drilled through to allow the water to be pumped up through it.

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Underneath the stone there is a plastic water sump, [a kind of bucket] which also contains a water pump. Of course we have had to run an electric cable out there. I put a two point outdoor socket, which means we can run other electrical appliances up the top end of the garden. It will come in handy if we eventually put the log cabin up there.

I wanted this area to be different so I got the builders to cover it with white stones, they were a bit expensive, but I think they will make it a great point of interest.

This area will be an area for contemplation, not cluttered, just the water feature and maybe one plant set diagonally to it.

It's not finished yet, and as you can see it will be a few weeks before we can do any more work.

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nothing to do with this project. The dogs and I out for a walk, well they walk and I ride, yeehaa
nothing to do with this project. The dogs and I out for a walk, well they walk and I ride, yeehaa

May 2013

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a group of potted acerseating applesBramleysThe swing is not there for longAlpine plant
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New planted corner.

The top corner of the garden is a shady area and needs plants that can survive with small amounts of sunlight. So my first choice was to use ferns which have a wonderful primeval look and feel to them. I've also planted three varieties of Hostas which will fill up and give a variation of colour. In amongst these I have added a few evergreens that can tolerate shady areas.

I found an old mill stone and added it as a feature, the corner I will nick-name millers knoll.

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Alpine garden

Another new section is a small Alpine garden, organised by my ten year old grandson who really enjoys gardening.

He has combined plants, shells, statues and rocks to make an interesting easy to maintain area. The snail shells are from edible snails we had for tea one day. A little butter and garlic and they really are a tasty treat.

Once we had cleared the weeds, we put weed control matting down in two layers and then placed the decorative chippings on top of that.

As it matures I am sure it will be a very good little area.

Alpine Plants

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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend Tony, has always your hubs are the best to read. Enjoyed hearing about the project you have been doing, very interesting and loved all the photos. Nice to see you have snow in your yard too. Loved your cool ride and your beautiful dogs. Thanks for taking us along on this adventure, it was very enjoyable .

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !


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tonymead60 3 years ago from Yorkshire Author

Kashmir

Greetings my friend, good to hear from you.

I've still a lot of work to do this year, but already I am enjoying the change.

Thank you for vote and visit.

Regards

Tony


stessily 3 years ago

Tony, It is tough to have to wander outside of Yorkshire, isn't it, to patronize "the stone sales place across the border in Lancashire to find more Indian sandstone"! (smile)

Your remodeling writings are fascinating, and the photos amplify the enjoyment of reading them.

That was ever so kind of you to allow a lunch break for the workers. Now the real frosting on the cake would have been if you and Fabio had prepared lunch for them. (But let's not mix your food hubs with your remodeling hubs!)

I look forward to progress reports on your creative remodeling.

ttfn, Stessily

P.S.: Tony, I had no idea that you move through the day on wheels. If I were to think that you moved any way other than walking, it would have to be that you've discovered how to fly, because you have accomplished so much in your time on HubPages, both on and off the site.


Derdriu 3 years ago

Tony, Amongst many other reasons for incorporating it, the sandstone goes very nicely with the mullein.

Your photos are exquisite -- even the ones when it's snowing, such as it has been doing here today!

Shared.

Respectfully, and with many thanks and all the votes, Derdriu


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tonymead60 3 years ago from Yorkshire Author

Stessily

It is always a risky adventure crossing into Lancashire, a place known for budgie rustling and mushy pea dinners. Fortunately they accept Stirling there and we don't have to exchange money when we have our various jabs before crossing the border.

I did make them a typical Yorkshire lunch of 'lamb curry' one day the chap on the left is also our butcher.

The wheels are only there until I get the hang of flying.

many thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to visit and add your welcome comment.

ttfn

Tony


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tonymead60 3 years ago from Yorkshire Author

Derdriu

thank you for your visit and compliments. The garden is still work in progress and I hope this year to start planting shrubs and grasses around it. I'm thinking of Hellebores I have just one plant at the moment which has just come into flower this week. The top corner which is quite shaded I will use ferns and Hostas.

as always very glad to hear from you Oh Celtic Queen.

ttfn

Tony


stessily 3 years ago

Tony, You are a veritable fount of information. I always learn at least one new thing via your writing, comments, and messages. Today's new words: budgie rustling.

A Google search reveals an article written by the Milwaukee Journal back in 1994 about this problem, although no fingers were pointed at Lancashire. Oh, pooh! (cute pout) Here's the link, if you're interested:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1499&dat=199...

I sensed that, fine chap that you are, that you had provided lunch at some point. Such a talented butcher to know how to "chop up" your yard as well.

You'll have the hang of flying in no time, I'm sure. Any questions, don't ask Scottie when he's in one of "those" moods.

ttfn,

Stessily


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tonymead60 3 years ago from Yorkshire Author

stessily

Mike Harding was known as the Rochdale Cowboy, he is a musician, singer, comedian, one of his favourite subjects was Budgie rustling. I've read the news sheet report, big business budgies!

I've included a typical song of Mike's, and there are several clips from his shows.

http://youtu.be/RhE58YYKzs8

Paul the butcher is brother inlaw to Steve our builder and helps out. It took us ages to stop him sewing bricks together with butcher's string and to use cement like everyone else.

I reckon if bumble bees can fly then I'll get the hang of it one day.

ttfn

Tony


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ethel smith 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Informative Hub and I love the way you have used the slideshows. They are perfect for hightlighting your project. PS love the dogs :)


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tonymead60 3 years ago from Yorkshire Author

Ethel

thank you for your visit and kind comment. They are called sooty and sweep 5 year old sisters and I woould be lost with out their company and wagging tails.

regards

tony

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