Well, we've been here in our new abode a little over 4 months now. Having lived at our previous house for almost 30 years, I have to admit it was a bit of a wrench to leave the garden which I'd loved and tended for all those years, so in the months leading up to the move I collected as many seeds and divided and took cuttings from as many plants as possible. These I hope will provide the basis for stocking the new garden in time, while keeping alive the memory of the old garden. It's been a frustrating few months so far, a succession of other jobs around the house and garden have needed doing before I can really make a start on any 'proper' gardening. Today however, I finally got started on the first stage of my plans for the new garden, so I thought I'd start this new thread. Hopefully, over the coming months and years I will be able to share with you, all my friends here on GC, the gradual transformation of my new patch. Today's job was to start on the clearance of an area close to the house which contained a large, ugly conifer and a mass of pampas grass. Apart from the fact that it just looks hideous, it's in the general area where we want to site an oil tank, so it has to be cleared anyway. These two photos, taken a couple of weeks after we moved in, show the size of the task which confronted me today. First I set about removing the branches from the conifer, leaving a good length of trunk to provide some leverage for removal of the stump. Glad I did too, as it had put down some really thick roots and was obviously going to offer some stiff resistance. Having dug out around the base of the stump, I spent an 'entertaining' hour or two hacking through the roots with mattock, loppers and pruning saw, while trying to avoid being lacerated by the leaves of the ever present pampas nearby. Finally, the conifer realised that further resistance was futile and there came that wonderful moment when you pull on the stump, the last root gives way, it finally keels over and you pull it free. I managed to hack my way through some of the pampas before the rain arrived and put a stop to proceedings for the day. Absolutely knackered now, but pleased to at last make some progress in the garden.