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Magical Garden Makeover

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Sophie Hastings


I am a single mum living in London with my three children. We have just moved into our new house and have spent our budget on renovating the interior and damp proofing the basement as well as painting the exterior and fixing the roof. We lived on-site during the renovations to save money, so we are only just emerging from 6 months of upheaval, dust and noise. The garden has had to wait but we love it and would like to be able to use it this summer, to invite friends and family over to enjoy our new home with us. Our dog can't play in the garden because the fences are full of holes and he escapes into the neighbours' gardens which they don't like at all! At the moment, our garden is green and wild and could be so beautiful - there is even an original air raid shelter at the bottom - but it needs a lot of work. We love it already, it has the feeling of a romantic English country garden (in the middle of east London) but it needs tender loving care and some investment which we just can't afford. In my imagination, our garden is full of roses, herbs and vegetables, with bamboo along the back wall and trellis along the fences, covered in clematis and honeysuckle. Bees, birds and butterflies would find a home there. But at the moment it is covered with weeds, overshadowed by a large tree, and has an old plastic-lined pond sunk into it which I would like to remove. There is a pretty stone paved terrace, perfect for an early evening glass of wine, which is original and I would keep. Our kitchen/diner has French windows that open directly onto the garden so we have a fantastic view of it from the house. This is our main family room and the inside/outside aspect of it is the reason we chose this property. The garden is as much a part of our experience of the house as the interior but we don't know how or where to begin.

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