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Our Scottish Garden

Updated on March 5, 2014

Undergoing Constant Transformation

I discovered the joy of gardening a few years ago when we moved into our current home.

I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination and we have very little money to put into our garden, but it's a learning experience and with a lot of elbow grease our little patch of outdoors has been transformed into something much more unique and attractive than the condition it was in when we started.

I have recycled a lot of materials that were laying around the place, and In the page below I will be recording the changes that our garden has undergone (on an almost non existent budget) as well as the changes that will continue to take place going forward.

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Primary Reasons For Wanting To Expand Our Garden

1. I really and truly enjoy working in our garden more than I ever thought I would.

2. It's a creative challenge in an area I've got little to no experience in.

3. I want to support an outdoors learning environment for my daughter.

The happiest memories that I have from my childhood were made outdoors. I grew up in rural Rhode Island (USA) which is absolutely full of all sorts of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects in addition to a wide variety of plants and I miss it every day. Where I live in Scotland is not at all similar. If I want to be able to capture the same wonder for my daughter as I had when I was a child I'm going to have to attract the beasties into our garden. I want her to be able to learn about the critters that live there and the flowers that grow. But first I need to make places for the critters to live and I need to plant all of the flowers.

Spring 2011

Late Summer/Autumn 2011

You can see in this photo the majority of the grassy part of our garden. It is slightly wedge shaped.

The chiminea is sitting in the spot right before a little wall starts and then it goes down two steps onto a "patio" of hideous paving slabs which take you to my back door. That area is on the long term fix list.

in 2011 we decided to do something with all of the gross paving slabs which had been left all over the garden. I asked my husband to take a sledge hammer to them to make mosaic pieces which I then made into a sort of path up the side of the fence where we have a big moss problem because the fence provides a lot of shade directly onto that area.

I have been spending the past two years digging out around the mosaic pieces to inset the slabs in the lawn. When I started it was already autumn and then in 2012 I was too pregnant to do much so it's an on going process.

You can see in the photo below that we next spread wood chips along the front of the shed after removing the paving slabs and installed a lovely little hydrangea. A small plum tree was planted behind the hydrangea shortly after the photo was taken.

There were a bunch of large stones in a heap (not a rock garden, just a heap) in the corner where our bins sit when we moved in. Instead of getting rid of these we used them to ornament the large newly laid area of wood chips.

The ugly red fence also got its first coat of brown paint.

2012

In the spring of 2012 I was enormously pregnant and in the summer I was a new mother so any plans I had for the garden were completely neglected however, my pregnant gardening wasn't a total failure.

I had planted a bunch of assorted gladiolas bulbs and iris bulbs that I had purchased at a discount store for much cheapness. It was my first experience with both types of plants and I didn't really expect them to grow but every single one I planted grew and bloomed, even with my complete neglect.

I was pleasantly amazed at how they looked so beautiful with zero effort.

I also purchased this cute train planter because it reminds me of my grandfather who is a train enthusiast and it makes me happy to see it.

Garden In Winter

2013

We were given some gift vouchers for a garden shop at Christmas 2012 and we spent them on a bird feeder as well as accessories for the feeder.

It was an unplanned purchase as we did not go into the shop knowing what we were going to come out with but we're both really happy with the feathered visitors it has brought to our garden. We mostly have starlings passing through, however we also have a resident pigeon, some magpies, blue tits and sparrows.

First Flower Of The Year - (Snowdrop)

4/21/13 New Border Completed

The right side of our fence needed something. It was really boring and sort of ugly and it has taken me years of tossing ideas around to settle on making a border.

Fortunately it actually gets a lot of sun so it's an ideal place for things to grow which is wonderful in light of my planting a zillion bulbs in pots this year.

The little fence is made out of woven willow branches which are joined together in groups of four panels. They were sold as square vegetable planters and they were inexpensive so I bought them to re-purpose here instead. They are held upright by willow branches, literally hammered (with a rubber mallet) into the ground on either side.

4/27/13 Shed Project Completed-ish

The shed got a new coat of paint today. My husband put up the window planter, but I thought that once it was up it made the big centered planter look a bit cluttered so I changed the stones and pots into an asymmetrical arrangement underneath.

You can also see the adorable little wood store that my husband made out of scrap wood painted to match the shed on the right.

Since this photo was taken the window planter has been planted with two trailing fuchsias and an ivy.

My First Mother's Day Present

I received this planter that I had fallen in love with months before as a gift from my husband and daughter for Mother's Day. It's got the most adorable solar lantern on top.

It wasn't coping with the strong winds we have been having so my genius husband drilled holes in the slab it sits on and cable tied it down to the concrete! Take that mother nature!

You can see that the local birds have pulled apart the fibers on the baskets a bit for nesting material so they look sort of fuzzy but they're not ruined.

I've planted a trailing mini petunia in each of the baskets. I get these every year from a local hardware store. they bloom a dark pinky red color and have tons of flowers all summer long. I also planted a little ivy in the two larger baskets. I will update this photo when the flowers bloom.

I honestly can't remember what is planted in the pots that I have around the base of the planter, Mostly iris bulbs I think! The fluffy things are heather plants that I need to find a home for.

The giant plastic snail is something that I bought for myself with birthday money a few years ago. He is also a solar light. A bit tacky, I know.... but I do have a soft spot for solar lights and for snails.... he also has a really adorable face.

Snail At Night

Garden In May

Everything we planted outside is sprouting and blooming. This is the first year that we have managed to get more than one flower on our plum tree up the back left corner of the garden so I'm hoping that it might even bear fruit!

Close Up Of Perennial Flowers In Large Planter

Tiny Visitor

Found this little fella under a stone. I don't care that snails eat plants, I can't help but love them. He was quite shy and wouldn't come out of his shell for a photo but I assure you, he was very much alive and squelching around inside!

I found an empty snail shell about 1/5 the size of the one in this photo too. We have tons of these tiny snails in our garden but I've yet to find one any larger.

Starling On Feeder With 3 Babies

This family of starlings first appeared at our feeder on evening of the 19th of May and they have made an appearance every day since. It appears to be one parent with three chicks. The chicks are able to fly, however they're still learning skills from mom/dad and follow the parent everywhere.

Usually they hang out at the bottom of the feeder waiting to be fed even though they're completely capable of feeding themselves.

Fluffy Baby Starlings

Here is a close up of our little chicks. They're obscenely cute. One day we were sitting outside with our daughter and they pecked around the ground not 10 feet away from us with no fear.

What Else Is Planned For 2013?

I need to acquire a new hydrangea to plant under the plum tree because the crazy winter totally and completely killed my beautiful little shrub.

My morning glories got too big too fast and they didn't take being hardened off outside very well. They all died except for the little tiny one pictured. It stopped growing at 3 inches tall and I didn't have the heart to throw it away. It then gave me a bud and bloomed! (Flower was less than an inch across) So I still have this little tiny windowsill morning glory.

I plan to paint the left side of the fence slowly and carefully so as to hopefully not disturb the awful red color on the neighbor's side.

In the autumn I would like to get a bunch of early spring bulbs (crocus and snowdrops) and plant them in clusters between all of the slabs. A lot of our old bulbs seem to have been killed off along with the hydrangea.

Black Russian Tomato Plants - TRUE Heirloom Seeds

I'm growing these little Black Russian tomato plants because they came from very special seeds.

In the 70's my grandfather had 6 Black Russian tomato seeds which he picked out of a tomato. He gave them to my great grandmother and asked her to try to get them to grow and she was successful.

So the plants you see in this photo were grown from true heirloom seeds as my grandfather has been selectively growing the plants that came from those first six tiny seeds for 40(ish) years, every year.

I've never successfully grown tomatoes, and Scotland is VERY different from Rhode Island in terms of growing veggies so I'm not 100% confident that I can get these babies up to the stage where they will bear fruit but I'm giving it my best effort!

Flowers In My Garden And Their Significance - I am in a perpetual state of homesickness, this is largely evident in my flower choices.

Dahlias

Every year I grow a Dahlia in memory of my step father who passed away in 2005. He loved to grow them and I truly wish I had paid more attention.

Iris

These flowers remind me of home back in Rhode Island where they would grow in water. I grew them for the first time in 2012 and will continue annually because it made me so happy to see them in full bloom.

Gladiolas

These are my mother's favorite flowers. She has kept well made artificial ones on the table for years. I grow them because they remind me of her.

Lilacs

Lilacs have been special to me since I was a child with their beautiful shape and intoxicating scent. There are three lilac bushes that I have been nurturing from plug plants for two years in my garden. (none of which are purple because I couldn't find purple ones at the time that I purchased them) They have yet to yield flowers, but they're still babies.

Heather

There are four heather plants in the wood chips in front of my shed. I planted them there because they are low maintenance and they fill in boring spaces beautifully. Also you can't have a Scottish garden without heather!

Hydrangea

I really love these bushes and coveted them for years before purchasing one. The color variation and the fact that the colors displayed are dependent upon the acidity of the soil is what I find most attractive about them.

Forsythia

When I was about 8 the house that I lived in had a giant Forsythia bush in the back yard that grew in an absolutely enormous dome that you could actually get inside of. It was just about magical. This memory has stuck with me for over 20 years and it's why I love them.

Morning Glories

I have yet to grow these successfully, but one of my fondest memories from being a teenager is of the solid wall of morning glories that my mother managed to string across the end of the porch every year. They were just stunning and they remind me of home.

Cut Gladiolas From My Garden In Bloom - Stuck them in a pot with some soil and POOF

Flowers That I Really Would Like In My Garden

Violets

Also called English Violets.... they're my favorite flowers of all time and I can't find them to purchase in the UK. I've seen them growing, I saw them once in B&Q, I found them once available for mail order but delivery was only available in July and none of them were purple, you know.... VIOLET... someday I will have these in my garden, I even have a place set aside where they will live. (If anyone in the UK has a source for buying these I would love to hear from you)

Foxglove

I have recently fallen in love with these plants but have been a bit hesitant jumping into attempting to grow them from seed. Maybe next year!

Morning Glories

For the last two years I have failed to get my morning glories planted outside successfully. Fingers crossed for next year.

Ideas For Future Expansion

What is likely

Dwarf magnolia in half barrel (I adore half barrel planters, and magnolias!)

Memorial plaque for my stepfather

Felt shingles for shed roof (to make it adorable)

Translucent window sticker for shed window (to make the clutter inside less apparent)

What is complete fantasy unless I find a whole lot of money under a rock

Replace all Fencing

Extend fencing so that bins can be stored on side of house

Install koi pond (just kidding)

Install decking over all of the uneven horrible filthy slabs in front of the back door

Replace or repair brick wall that is falling to pieces.

Non Religious Memorial Plaques For Gardens

As previously mentioned I grow a dahlia every year in memory of my stepfather.

I love the idea of memorial plaques for gardens and I have been thinking of getting one for years. I would like to make it official and make a special place for my Dahlia just as soon as I can find the perfect memorial plaque.

Iris In Bloom - Cheap bulbs with zero maintenance yielding gorgeous results

Image Credits

All photographs on this page were taken by myself or my husband (unless otherwise stated) and I do not give permission for them to be used elsewhere.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I grow mostly container gardens of herbs and flowers. Love the train planter!

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      Namsak 4 years ago

      I love a nice garden - if someone else does the work! Thanks for liking my lens.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Those pictures brightened up my day!

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      stevemarker 4 years ago

      Lovely images, i was searching for this.

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      doreemz01 4 years ago

      You inspired me to do gardening. I wish I have the enthusiasm. I want to have flowers and vegetables on my garden.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Your gladiolas are gorgeous. I'm impressed. I tried them for a few years, but half of mine always fell over. Yours look just like what I always envisioned.

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      mosby1995 4 years ago

      Very beautiful pictures... :) I like your lens. ;)

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Really great idea for gardens thanks for sharing!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @ismeedee: It's strangely addictive :) Good luck with yours. My iris's are all sprouted :D

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      I too just started gardening experimentally with very little knowledge and even less money- and did the scrounging around for useable free stuff too! And... I'm in Uk! So lots in common. Good luck with your garden and I hope you post updates with photos so we can see how it's going. Mine so far so good- everything I planted coming up!!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Beautiful use of a garden. Thank you for publishing this lens. I enjoyed the tour.

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      Pastor Cher 4 years ago from United States

      Lots of things, but I do like the variety of Iris that you can get. It should be fun to see your little baby running around this summer.

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Great lens-keep going your garden will evolve over the years-one step at a time

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      It's great that you kept a photo record of your progress so you can look back and see how far you have come. Good luck with your garden.

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      What a wonderful personal story! I love gardening and we just purchased a new / old house that has been neglected for years. I see the possibilities of a garden paradise but it's like starting from scratch again. I to love hydrangea too and in the front of the house is huge hydrangea bush that needs some TLC to bring it back to it's once awesome glory. Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring story!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I grow different types of flowers such as roses, china rose and etc. :)

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      sjdq209 4 years ago

      i love this lens

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      MichaelDubrovnik 4 years ago

      very nice!

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      OnlineGardener 4 years ago

      i love this lens, it is so personal. Excellent work:)

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      I grow day lilies - a great cash crop if you want to sell them. Love your story and photos. Well done.

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      sapientzeal lm 4 years ago

      Nice photos!

      -SZ

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      cheesydude 4 years ago

      Your Iris looks, wonderful! Looks like you are on a great start to a fabulous garden!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fantastic snaps. I really like them all.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing yours with us :)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      I tend to try most things - but then eventually settle on whatever seems to flourish the best.

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @SheilaMilne: Thanks for the tip, I have seen them in the woods, but only one or two plants. If i can find a patch of them I'll go back with my trowel! :)

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      I have to restrict myself to container gardening now that I live in a flat. I'm glad I have a t least a balcony.

      Violets grow wild in woodlands - have a scavenger hunt in a month or so. :)

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      I love your lens. Congratulations on getting the Purple Star for this beauty! Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a lot of perennials and an organic vegetable garden. Great lens and pictures.

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      Happer30 4 years ago

      lovely garden

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      Mimi2745 4 years ago

      beautifull lens :)

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      Kay 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed your page and look forward to more photos of your garden!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @rattie lm: Thank you :) It is an uphill battle for sure. I hope that Scotland will someday feel like home, I would move to Australia in a heartbeat!

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      You poor darling! Beautiful as Scotland is (I was born and grew up there) it's pretty darned hard to be a keen gardener there. Yet for all that, you are creating something quite lovely in 'yer wee bit o' heaven'. I hope your perpetual homesickness fades over time. Mine has and I truly think of Australia as my home - especially when the sun shines (which is daily) !!!

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      sweetstickyrainbo 4 years ago

      lovely garden

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      Sue Dixon 4 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Good luck with your garden. Here in England's Lake District, not far from you, the ground is frozen, it's very cold, with some snow, and deer and sheep seem to think my garden is their garden...It can only get better. Lovely lens!

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      Really nice lens. I like to grow oregano in my flower gardens. It keeps the weeds down quite well and looks pretty. My faves are daylilies.

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @fifta: Thanks, I do love that little planter, and my Grandfather approves! :)

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      fifta 4 years ago

      Just like magicalfuture has said, I love the train planter too! What a nice addition to your garden.

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      magicalfuture 4 years ago

      I like your train planter :-))

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      MensAffairscom 4 years ago

      Wow it looks great, its like your own personal heaven. Thank you for sharing this with all of us

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      absolutelycreat 4 years ago

      Nice pictures. Thanks to share your garden. I wish I own a home. I love garden, flowers & herb.

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 4 years ago

      Wow, I love the way you did your garden. It looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing the images with us.

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      FCAbroad 4 years ago from Edinburgh

      Thanks for sharing your garden. From a fellow Scot who would like to have a nice garden too!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @Kathy Eickenberg: Thanks :) Looks like agastache is readily available here :) Seems to be a good one for attracting bees and butterflies!

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      Kathy Eickenberg 4 years ago

      Loved your lens :) Loved the path you made. My father in law used to grow dahlias, too. My husband remembers going to a few shows with him. I love the color purple so most of the flowers in my garden are purple. Those that aren't purple we deliberately grow for the hummingbirds that come to visit. One of my favorites is agastache. People think it smells like either licorice, anise or root beer. Not sure if you can find it in Scotland or not but if you can you should grow some just to see the look on your child's face when they get a little older. It was adorable to see my little niece's face when she smelled it.

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      Embeegee 4 years ago

      I like growing herbs, they provide both a seasoning for my cooking and flowers too. Chives have a lovely purplish pink cloverlike flower.

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      jura 4 years ago

      You have nice garden gardening is giving me tme to think and you are outside it is healty great lence.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      Enjoyed visiting and see your photos and reading your gardening efforts. I used to be into gardening in a major way but now due to life circumstances it's very difficult for me to do much more than some light container gardening. Good luck with your garden. Look forward to reading more. (Love gladiolas but never could get them going--so jealous.)

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @jlshernandez: Thank you :) I love Ivy as well and I've been thinking about starting some roses. No idea where to put them though!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @Tim Bader: Thanks :) I adore the starlings as well, they're really underrated and it's amazing to see the ground go black with them. It's still snowing here today... I have morning glories and pansies taking over my kitchen!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      I like your photos, especially the one of the starling!

      We've been excited over the last couple of days to see flocks of starlings starting to do their thing where the flocks fly into a massive "cloud": something that would never normally happen near us!

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      EsotericAllusion 4 years ago

      I must say, that I enjoyed the trip through you garden, and especially through the change of seasons!

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      Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I tried dahlias, I love those big huge ones, so gorgeous. It is just too dry in southern California. All my life the local media made us Angelenos think we could grow those flowers here. We only got 9-15 inches of rain a year, lots of times less. I grow cactus and succulents now. I like what you are doing with your yard. You will get enjoyment every year and even the winter snow reveals the work you have done.

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      I like to grow ivy geraniums and roses. You garden is so charming.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How beautiful the garden is!

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      When we lived on a large property out in the country there were several large, old, multicolored rhododendrons that I was madly in love with.

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      datphn 4 years ago

      Your garden is so beautiful.

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      I love everything about gardening. Every year I pick a new project. Haven't picked one for this year yet.

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @lionmom100: Thank you :) It wasn't even supposed to come up that color but I wasn't disappointed when it did!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @MarcellaCarlton: Thank you very much. I didn't place grass between the stones, I left the stones on the grass/moss so that whatever was there would go brown in the correct shape, then I cut out the stone shapes to inset them in the grass/moss that was already there :) I love moss as well, our garden is currently overrun by it... I don't really see the point in fighting it to be honest. Looking forward to expanding this lens with my big plans for 2013!

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      I'm in love with everything in my garden. I have create enclosure though the shrubs and trees I have picked. I usually choose perennials over annuals because they come up over and over again. My question is why did you go to all the work of placing grass between those stones? Why not leave the moss--I love moss, or plant Corsican mint. Or something else that doesn't require mowing. I love your pictures and I do appreciate your sharing your garden improvements on a budget. Marvelous lens!

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      hotsquid 4 years ago

      You have a beautiful garden. Nice lens!

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      You have Avery nice garden. Lots of hard work. I love that purple dahlia.

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      seosmm 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens and beautiful photos!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @GardenerDon: Good choice. I scavenged some yellow poppy seeds from a (wild?) plant that deposited its self in our front garden last year... going to try to grow more this year but have a feeling I'm going to regret it when they take over! :)

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      From one gardener to another - well done. My favourite flowers? Poppies I'd think - the old fashioned type with the great big orange flower.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I love the train planter.

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      A lovely and inspiring lens!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @Allison Whitehead: Thank you :) I've had a look at your garden evolution lenses as well and they're looking great!

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      Allison Whitehead 4 years ago

      Superb lens. I have a lens recounting my garden experiences too. It's quite cathartic and helps you see how far you have come. Well done and keep up the good work (from another UK Squidooer!). Blessed :)

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @ecogranny: Thank you :) Mock orange flowers are beautiful but when I looked up Syringa it brought up Lilacs :/

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @TheCandle LM: Thank you :)

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you very much :)

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @BLemley: Thank you very much :) I'm looking forward to more beasties!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @Elyn MacInnis: Thank you :) I feel your pain. I planted a lot of crocus and mini iris's in between the mosaic slabs at the front.. they grow a little tiny bit and the slugs get them EVERY TIME before I can put out the slug pellets. Must remember this year... perhaps I should do that soon as they start poking up around now... :/

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @Mickie Gee: Thank You :) I kill about half of my plants too. It's hit and miss! There's always next year!

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      Every year I find a new plant or flower that I "experiment" with for my garden. The last two years, I have been adding perennials to my garden without much luck. I tend to forget to notice how much sunshine the plants will be getting when the trees are fully leafed. I managed to kill off the iris in my garden--not on purpose! Yours look wonderful. Good luck with your Scottish garden. You are off to a great start.

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @JoyfulMom LM: Thank you :) I've found that if you buy really inexpensive bulbs and stick them in a pot you've got almost nothing to lose!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: I wish you could too, I'm desperate for them!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you :) I am very much looking forward to my lilacs blooming just to see what the flowers actually look like.. I got 3 mixed plugs of some odd colors/shapes.

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @shellys-space: Thank you :) I think I killed mine. Last year it half died and never bloomed then this year the branches have gone sort of... spongy :/

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @aquarian_insight: Thank you very much :) I don't really want it to ever be finished, I like to think of it as an ongoing project without a defined end :)

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I wish I could have a walk of crocuses but the squirrels won't let me. As soon as they open, the litle beasties come instantly and shred them. Sigh. What a charming story! Squidangel blessings to you!

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      You have a lovely garden, full of wonderful things! I hope the beasties come, as you wish, and you can have fun exploring with your daughter all the neat things outdoors. Congrats on the Spring imminent challenge! SquidAngel blessed! B : )

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Lovely lens: pinned to my how does your garden grow board and blessed.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      We love all the same plants! Another favorite of mine is the mock orange, sometimes known west of the Rockies as the syringa. I've been apartment bound for years, and the only thing I truly miss about living in a house in the yard and garden. Lovely page. Congratulations on your placement in the Imminent Spring Challenge!

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      TheCandle LM 4 years ago

      I like to grow annuals, but the older I get, the more tedious it is to plant new flowers every year. Roses are awesome, but they have a tough time with the NY winters. Thanks for the lens and have fun continuing your garden.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I like to grow hostas. Love hostas. I also like any flowers with blue blossoms. Spring blossoms are my favorite: mini irises, mini tulips, mini hyacinths.

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your Scottish garden. May your garden continue to blossom and grow. Keep on gardening!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have a big garden in the Philippines and we enjoy working on it when we are there.

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      JoyfulMom LM 4 years ago

      What a lovely lens! I look forward to seeing pictures here once you get everything in bloom! Right now I don't garden due to lack of time and I admit, I am somewhat intimidated with it, but maybe in the future. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Genesis Davies 4 years ago from Guatemala

      I, too, live in a foreign country and would love to grow daffodils, since they bloom in Canada around my birthday, but don't seem to exist in Guatemala. However, my garden is just a dry dirt patch that is awaiting fill and has been for 7 years! Now we're planning to move, so I don't know if I'll ever get to my garden!

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I wish I could send you some of my violets. Mine are volunteers and they're popping up all over the garden!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @chezchazz: Thank you very much :) Customs do make things very awkward. I wish that I could tell you what those gladiolas were called, but they came in a random multi-pack of 35 bulbs that I picked up for £2.99 last year. There was hardly any text on the package, just some pictures saying how deep and far apart to plant them as well as when to plant them.

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: Thank You :) I hope to be able to expand on the photos come spring time. This lens has a lot of potential to keep growing!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: Thank you :) I've considered growing a clematis, however I'm afraid that I would kill it There is an incredible one that's taken over an entire fence across the road from me that no one tends to at all. It's the biggest, healthiest clematis I've ever seen!

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      Welcome to those of us who are addicted to gardening - I"m sure you'll enjoy being member of this club! I especially love the bicolor gladiolas you picture above and would love to know the name of them if possible so I can order some. If you lived closer I'd send you some irises and daylilies from my garden next time I divide them - customs makes it difficult to ship them to another country, though. Happy gardening.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I really enjoyed learning why each flower is meaningful to you. Also, that photo of the starling is exquisite. I've been daydreaming lately about my upcoming season's garden. For me, the iris is a must have flower. There are a few of them that appear every spring in various places around my rural property. Also love my lilacs and my yellow roses.

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I would love to not kill Hydrangea bushes :) I had bad luck growing 2, but think I can do it with a better location. Nicely done and blessed!