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Garden Design ?

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Does anyone know of, or has used any, garden design software or iPhone aps ? ( I've found a couple of iPhone aps but was hoping for first hand knowledge )

Mrs. G opened the back shutters ( no, not a euphemism LiB ! ) to find out our neighbour/landlord has removed our ( his ) fig tree from the corner of the property.

It was a mature fig tree so covered a fair bit of land... 12ft. X 12ft ? with a retaining wall at it's back.

So... I'm hoping for a software program that will allow me to build up a garden.. lillies, Iris , annual underplantings to start I think.. and show mrs.G how beautiful it can be by next spring.

(she is in deep mourning for that fig tree.. it was beautiful )
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Old 25.11.2011, 10:35
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hi all,

Does anyone know of, or has used any, garden design software or iPhone aps ? ( I've found a couple of iPhone aps but was hoping for first hand knowledge )

Mrs. G opened the back shutters ( no, not a euphemism LiB ! ) to find out our neighbour/landlord has removed our ( his ) fig tree from the corner of the property.

It was a mature fig tree so covered a fair bit of land... 12ft. X 12ft ? with a retaining wall at it's back.

So... I'm hoping for a software program that will allow me to build up a garden.. lillies, Iris , annual underplantings to start I think.. and show mrs.G how beautiful it can be by next spring.

(she is in deep mourning for that fig tree.. it was beautiful )
Now, my question is..you didn't notice anybody removing the huge fig tree from your yard?
..and to answer your question, I haven't used the app..but the ratings and a little bit of google research on what others think of it, should give you a good idea on the usability and value of said app.
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Now, my question is..you didn't notice anybody removing the huge fig tree from your yard?
..and to answer your question, I haven't used the app..but the ratings and a little bit of google research on what others think of the apps, should give you a good idea on the usability and value of said app.
ratings smatings !!... did you see above "hoping for first hand knowledge" ?

and... as for notice someone removing fig tree... perhaps you noticed... I was here entertaining you yesterday and Mrs. G was otherwise occupied ( in the shops )
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Re: Garden Design ?

Unless you dig up all the roots, fig trees have a tendency of growing back when they are cut down. Once a fig tree, always a fig tree. So that should simplifiy your further garden planning (unless you want to engage in a major digging exercise).
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Unless you dig up all the roots, fig trees have a tendency of growing back when they are cut down. Once a fig tree, always a fig tree. So that should simplifiy your planning.
I've not seen it as yet but apparently this has been statued... so even if it grows back quiet rapidly... all we will have is shoots for a good few years.
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ratings smatings !!... did you see above "hoping for first hand knowledge" ?

and... as for notice someone removing fig tree... perhaps you noticed... I was here entertaining you yesterday and Mrs. G was otherwise occupied ( in the shops )
You know what, I'm sorry...you're right. Here is an app I've used some time ago...



it worked well and considering the price it's just a bargain. You can choose from ample flower motives and various colors to design your own garden...Mrs. G will be very impressed.

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I've not seen it as yet but apparently this has been statued... so even if it grows back quiet rapidly... all we will have is shoots for a good few years.
Fig trees grow very quickly, especially when young. If you encourage it by pruning it in the right way, you could have a decent-sized tree with fruit in three to five years.
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Fig trees grow very quickly, especially when young. If you encourage it by pruning it in the right way, you could have a decent-sized tree with fruit in three to five years.

You should line a hole with rocks or old bricks before planting the tree. This was, the roots are stunted and the tree will be more compact but with more fruit.
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Old 25.11.2011, 10:51
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Re: Garden Design ?

ok... thanks for fig tree advice... but I'm pretty certain mr. fig is going away completely.. and to be honest I'm not interested in results in 3-5 years.

colour-spring-bulbs-flowers

so.... garden design aps anyone?
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ok... thanks for fig tree advice... but I'm pretty certain mr. fig is going away completely.. and to be honest I'm not interested in results in 3-5 years.

colour-spring-bulbs-flowers

so.... garden design aps anyone?

How about a plum tree then?

http://www.ehow.com/how_2054130_grow-plum-trees.html


Even Sinatra knew the benefits of a plum...."out of the tree of life I just picked me a plum"
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So... I'm hoping for a software program that will allow me to build up a garden.. lillies, Iris , annual underplantings to start I think.. and show mrs.G how beautiful it can be by next spring.
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attention deficit disorder can be a horrible thing.
Ok, have you thought of a fig tree already..?
They can get quite large...not sure your landlord will approve of it..but you could try...
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why do I even try.......

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You could try Kiwi trees - but you'll need a male and female if you want fruit.

Fig trees are the easiest option.
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Re: Garden Design ?

I've never thought to use garden design software, as I'm of the old school: I buy what catches my eye or takes my fancy, then look for a place to stick it in the ground.

Had some stunning successes that way, and some dire failures. But I've learned from the failures, and slowly have evolved a garden that works - in my mind, anyway.

(I like a natural garden, what my Swiss neighbors refer to as either 'wild' or 'English'. )

But... intrigued by your question, I found these:
http://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/...plan-a-garden/
http://www.gardendesignpro.co.uk/aca..._software.html
http://www.netzwelt.de/news/79954-fr...lanung-3d.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/design/
(Software is longer maintained, but the site has interesting ideas nonetheless)


Just stuff I quickly pulled off Google.

What I would do would be to play around with something like these - then take the results to a local garden center, along with a photo of the unplanted area, and ask if the plants you are considering are appropriate for your climate, elevation, sunlight, precipitation, personal level of interest in maintainance/upkeep work, etc.

I'm continually amazed at the micro-climate effect here. What someone has planted a kilometer down the road won't work in my garden - hence the suggestion for advice from a garden center.

What I would NOT recommend is calling a garden design firm. That would set you back 5-6 figures... and all you'd get is stone art and a few spirea.

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Re: Garden Design ?

Thanks!!, the most helpful reply yet
And no, normally I would not go for design software.. normally I am like you, hit or miss, and I do prefer a more “natural” garden, but in this case I hope to show mrs.G a graphic representation of what can be by next spring.

Re. garden designers : we actually did have someone in, last year, a certain personality from WRS, and while , for non-garden related reasons, we had to cancel her services half way thru planning stage… well… I wouldn’t go back down that road.. (her trend was towards slash and burn )
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hi all,

Does anyone know of, or has used any, garden design software or iPhone aps ? ( I've found a couple of iPhone aps but was hoping for first hand knowledge )

Mrs. G opened the back shutters ( no, not a euphemism LiB ! ) to find out our neighbour/landlord has removed our ( his ) fig tree from the corner of the property.

It was a mature fig tree so covered a fair bit of land... 12ft. X 12ft ? with a retaining wall at it's back.

So... I'm hoping for a software program that will allow me to build up a garden.. lillies, Iris , annual underplantings to start I think.. and show mrs.G how beautiful it can be by next spring.

(she is in deep mourning for that fig tree.. it was beautiful )
Actually, I'm surprised he's allowed to do stuff like that without at least informing you beforehand. My landlord is always informing me even about the tiniest little repairs he's doing, or even if he's just coming over to "inspect" (and his inspections usually consist of standing in the front garden for about 20 seconds looking at the trees or the building). I always assumed it would be trespassing for him to come in without doing so (or something like that).
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Actually, I'm surprised he's allowed to do stuff like that without at least informing you beforehand. My landlord is always informing me even about the tiniest little repairs he's doing, or even if he's just coming over to "inspect" (and his inspections usually consist of standing in the front garden for about 20 seconds looking at the building). I always assumed it would be trespassing for him to come in without doing so (or something like that).
mrs. was surprised at that as well... he never comes in the house and usually tells us about garden work ( hedge trimming etc, ) but this was a shock.
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