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Making a Front Garden — 25 Comments

  1. Oh, I would love to have you as my neighbor! Great job, Alistair! I understand what a challenge is to deal with tree roots – I have the same problem in my own garden. It limits the variety of plants we can use and it stunts their growth. Anyway, you’ve done an excellent job!

  2. Thank you Sarah. Yes, on the move again, Myra has never settled here. We have bought a new bungalow in Fife Scotland. It will be completed in January.

  3. I always notice when neighbours’ front gardens look well together. It is so much more satisfying to the eye. What a great job you’ve done on Hillary’s garden. Are you on the move again? I am very confused!

  4. It is disappointing to think Hillarys garden wont be looked after, I must tell her the news today as the for sale sign is going up soon.

  5. Hello Alistair, nice job you have done, and a great selection of plants you chose. I have done something similar where I used to live before and it is so satisfying to see the improvements – especially when you, like me were watching the neighbouring garden every day. I hope someone will be able to take care of your work for the future? In my case the neighbour died shortly afterwards after having been ill for many years, new people moved in and they didn’t want to take care of the garden but didn’t want any help either. Needless to say I felt rather sad looking over the low fence at the wilting, dying garden I spent 5 months creating and which I had put 95 plants of mine into. It’s true as you say; you never know what’s around the corner.

  6. Hi Pam, its not so long ago I was telling Hillary not to concern herself with maintenance as I would keep it looking good. You just never know whats around the corner.

  7. Funny, I was just thinking yesterday that when I tell Hillary of the latest developments she is going to think just as you did. For that matter so will everyone else around. Ah well, its not such a big deal, but its hard to believe, this latest opportunity only arose 10 days ago.

  8. Hi, Alistair! What a good job you did re-planting your neighbor’s front garden, I love a line of annuals along the road, beautiful combination of colors.

  9. It looks very lovely! That was so nice of you to do, and it definitely makes the scene from the window look all the more beautiful!

  10. Very nice gesture Alistair and done beautifuly in your inimitable style, I hope you aren’t thinking of taking over the whole estate 🙂

  11. Hi Sunil, Its one thing constantly trying to make improvements to your own garden. Not so sure if I welcome these thoughts of needing to make improvements to another.

  12. Hello Alistair, I can definitely see your style in your neighbour’s garden. I really like the combined photo at the end showing the two front gardens together, it really shows that the whole is more than the sum of the parts. I hope both you and Hillary are very satisfied and happy with the results!

  13. What a kind thoughtful neighbour you are Alistair. I’ll bet both gardens are the talk of the town now. I think gardeners make great neighbours and you’ve proved my theory correct.

  14. What a marvelous thing! Through your generous nature you’ve done a kind thing for your neighbor while also beautifying your own world. Great job.


  15. What a lovely thing to do for your neighbor. The planting looks fabulous, and you get to enjoy it also from your window.. I hope you don;t mind me reading your garden blog.. I came across you from Helene Taylor who I enjoy following, Helene has given me so great tips for planting in my own garden.

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