A imaginative gardening fan has become an instant hit on social media after he turned his boring grass lawn into a stunning meadow full of wild flowers.
Peter Thain, from Cheltenham, posted photographs of his front garden’s transformation to his Twitter account on Thursday.
He explained that his neighbours thought he was ‘nuts’, but that his hard work has now finally paid off.
And social media users were equally impressed with the new look, applauding the Birmingham City University staff member for his efforts.
‘So I decided to rip up the front lawn and plant a meadow,’ the trained sports therapist wrote online. ‘The neighbours think I’m nuts, but it’s finally coming to life!’
Fans of his meadow were keen to share Peter’s enthusiasm and took to Twitter to comment on his work.
‘Looks a million times better than a boring green lawn. Well done,’ one said.
‘I don’t mow my front lawn and it’s full of wild flowers and therefore lots of insects, birds and frogs.’
‘Gosh that’s gorgeous. I’d love to do the same,’ another excited social media user said.
A third added: ‘Right. I’m doing this. And b******* to the neighbours,’ while one echoed this with: ‘The only thing stopping me from having a meadow is the thought of what my neighbours might think! B******* to that, I’m doing it too!’
‘Well done young man! The way to go, less maintenance and more welcome habitat for insects,’ one individual praised.
Another said: ‘Looks amazing, much better than the usual, boring green desert known as a lawn!’
His post was liked more than 27,000 times and retweeted 3,100 times, with more than a thousand comments.
In a later Tweet, Peter admitted he was taken aback by all the attention his photographs had received.
‘I’m truly overwhelmed with the attraction this post is having,’ he wrote. ‘Hopefully it will attract as much wildlife!’
‘Thanks for the amazing comments! It would be great to get more gardens and unused spaces like this.’
He then offered his top tips for transforming a garden to a meadow, explaining: ‘Lift lawn with turf cutter – no weed killer required. [Secondly], turn soil for six weeks and weed. [Thirdly] scatter seed.’
Over on his Instagram account, evening_gardener, the novice recorded his front lawn’s transformation – from turf cutting the land to sowing the meadow seed.