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Garden makeover: the beginnings of a secret garden

A summer oasis by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

With summer well and truly underway here in the UK, I'm looking forward to joining Harry in our little oasis for some quality "me time". However, with two pre-pubescents, 10 of their most excitable friends, a footie goal and a full size trampoline in the garden next door, a private area is rapidly becoming more of a necessity than a nicety!

Time for Operation Secret Garden!

The Makings of a Secret Garden by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Whilst not my favourite people (and not just for failing to warn us of the local summer camp) OneandSeventy's previous owners did at least have some nice ideas, even if they weren't always well executed.

A cute BBQ area for instance was a great use of space and came complete with a handy, purpose-built storage unit… GENIUS!

Garden storage - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Made out of plywood… FAIL!

Garden storage - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Screened with large bamboo halves… GENIUS!

Garden storage - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Tied together with green garden string… FAIL!

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They even installed two perfectly aligned wall-mounted solar lights, one of which you can see in the next photo… GENIUS!

Shame they don't work… FAIL!

Hmmm....

Tucked away between the Utility Room and the decking on the sunny East side of the garden, this small 3m by 2.3m (tapering to 1.7m) area is perfect for a spot of al fresco dining.

More importantly, it's only overlooked on one side, by the rear of the houses opposite. With a little clever planting, I reckon we could easily make this area entirely private.

Did someone mention a hot tub?

The storage unit was sadly way past its prime by the time we arrived, so the first step was to remove those rotting shelves.

Demo in the garden - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

We elected to keep the brickwork to provide interest and height...

Secret Garden Phase 1 - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Ha! Ha! Ha! Who am I kidding?

More like removing those pillars and their footings seemed like far too much hard work for very little gain and that's the reason they stayed!

I was keen to have a "secret entrance" to the space and my heart was set on something like this stunning creation by my friend Glyn (who, as well as being blessed with green fingers, keeps a veritable menagerie of pets, bakes cakes, builds intricate lego models AND runs the best exercise classes I've found since moving to Staffordshire! Is there no end to this man's talents? He makes me tired just looking at him!)

Glyn's gorgeous garden

Glyn's gorgeous garden

 Glyn's gorgeous garden

My first thought was a purpose built structure, but they're expensive and being an odd size (like the rest of this house, it seems), I couldn't find anything to properly bridge the gap.

That left one option.

Beloved was going to have to dust off his toolbox.

Dum dum duuuuuuuuummmmmm!

It was his idea to build an arbour.

Honest.

No really. It was!

Despite some head scratching, much umming and erring and quite a bit of huffing and puffing, he created a basic structure.

Handmade arbour - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Which we stained and then attached some willow trellis.

Handmade arbour - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

And I couldn't be happier!

Handmade arbour - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Just look at that masterpiece!

Handmade arbour - www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

It almost seems a shame to cover it with plants, but my Jasmines (winter evergreen on the left and divine-smelling summer flowering on the right) are already clambering happily away up Beloved's handiwork.

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Summer flowering climbing Jasmine. Shame there's no scratch 'n' sniff!

A few more additions and that arbour will be covered in green gorgeousness just like Glyn's in no time.

As you may have noticed, I'm currently using this area to grow vegetables. With tomatoes, peppers, chillis and spring onions on the go, I'll have to wait until after harvest before I can move onto the next phase.

Then I'll be able to move the grow house to another part of the garden and, using more plants I'll be looking to continue in my quest to create the secluded area which I now crave.

Although there might not be room for a hot tub.

Sorry Beloved.

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A hui hou,

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Guest - Lorraine on Saturday, 18 October 2014 10:20

Suzy you have the same dilemma as me,we have a football garden and I am trying to grow flowers on the side patio where they might not get their heads knocked off! Might need to screen it off somehow. I love your photos.
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Suzy you have the same dilemma as me,we have a football garden and I am trying to grow flowers on the side patio where they might not get their heads knocked off! Might need to screen it off somehow. I love your photos. @nortonmum
The World of Suzy Homemaker on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:26

Thank you Lorraine. I hope your flowers escape beheading! x

Thank you Lorraine. I hope your flowers escape beheading! x
Guest - Wayne on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 18:18

It's looking stunning already.... Great bird xxx

It's looking stunning already.... Great bird xxx
The World of Suzy Homemaker on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 21:23

Cheers Wayne. Can't wait to reclaim some of that pond to re-site the grow house, although Beloved is not looking forward to it!! lol

Cheers Wayne. Can't wait to reclaim some of that pond to re-site the grow house, although Beloved is not looking forward to it!! lol
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