Garden Timeline

Here are all the before and after pictures of the garden from ‘Our 1930s Fixer Upper’

August 2016 – April 2017

May 2017

The new shed arrives from Malvin Garden Buildings giving us some much-needed storage in the garden after losing the original shed and garage due to the extension. The fence is painted in Cuprinol ‘Daisy’ and more plants are added.

July 2017 – December 2017

The patio is created by the current builders as part of the extension work. We go with raised beds made out of sleepers to add more planting options.

January 2018 – December 2018

  • The garden wakes up after a cold winter but always looks at its worse this time of year (Jan-Feb)

  • We fence the other side of the garden

  • Re-paint the shed Cuprinol ‘Urban Slate’

  • Add soil into the large raised beds and started planting Alliums and some evergreens.

  • The grass is overseeded to help aid its recovery late Spring.

  • We can finally add our seating and enjoy the garden!

  • Our first David Austin Climbing Rose – Gertrude Jekyll is planted in the garden.

  • The borders start to fill out by June and really start to make an impact.

  • We add a Eucalyptus tree to the back of the garden, along with some Hostas and Lavender.

  • The garden looks so different compared to 12 months before and by August it is filled with colour.

January 2019 – December 2019

    • Started the year with a few snow flurries and the garden looked amazing.

    • We added the diagonal climbing support for the Jasmine on the patio.

    • To create even more interest in the garden, we decided to add a middle border however it was short-lived before we decided to expand it even further. Go big or go home as they say.

    • The Rose arch from Harrod Architecture is cemented into the ground and David Austin Climbing Roses (Generous Gardner) are planted around it.

    • Some unexpected early warm in April meant we got to enjoy the garden and all the tulips we had planted the year before.

    • The garden comes into its own in May/June with all the Alliums, Roses, Wisteria and Fox Gloves on show.

    • We purchased a new Weber BBQ and a surrounding cover from Costco (later painted in Cuprinol Natural Stone)

    • The garden looked incredible by the end of July, to think what it looked like just a few years before!

    • We planted more bulbs in the autumn ready for the following Spring.

January 2020 – December 2020

  • The year starts off with several cold touches of frost, but no snow, meaning we get out into the garden early this year.

  • In early March we start by tackling the back of the garden which had become a bit of a dumping ground over the years.

  • The grass was in a bad condition and in need of some TLC. We would later go on and work with GreenThumb to help restore the grass.

  • Early April and the ‘Forget Me Nots’ are out in full swing along with all the Tulips.

  • After spending several weeks weeding and ensuring a level several, we finally seed the back of the garden using Grass seed from The Grass People.

  • We finally add some much-needed structure into the garden with some Spring blossoming Prunus trees.

  • Early May and the garden is starting to look lush and full, we also welcome the arrival of some incredible outdoor furniture from Kettler (The Cora Range)

  • Beginning of June and all the Roses are out in bloom. The garden has never looked so good!

  • End of June and the grass would give Wimbledon and Wembley a run for its money!

  • The garden would go on to host a special wedding reception in August – due to the COVID lockdown restrictions – a low key event is held at our home and the garden is the perfect backdrop.

  • Autumn arrives and the garden is still looking spectacular with all the Salvias, Dahlias and bright red leaves from the old Acer tree at their finest!

A closer look at some of the plants in the garden.