My garden history!

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Trudytropics
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Re: My garden history!

Post by Trudytropics » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:40 pm

Wow from shanty town to tropical oasis, just beautiful Springy :D I really like the grass path idea weaving through the beds.
"Spring is the time of plans and projects"......Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.


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Springy
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Re: My garden history!

Post by Springy » Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:19 am

Trudytropics wrote:Wow from shanty town to tropical oasis, just beautiful Springy :D I really like the grass path idea weaving through the beds.
Thankyou all for your encouraging comments!

The garden is not massive but I am a firm believer that you should not be able to see the whole of the garden from one viewpoint. If I could stand on the patio and see everything, then I am less likely to walk through it. I also try to make paths to look like they go somewhere to lead you through the garden. The lawn path leads to my allotment area to the left and the washing line to the right. A future project is to move the washing line into the allotment area and remove a length of the post and rail. Hopefully then, I will create a seating area possibly with a wooded, treefern theme. That's the plan at the moment anyway!


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Deedee
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Re: My garden history!

Post by Deedee » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:46 am

Wow its Gorgeous Springy, Absolutley Gorgeous.


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Re: My garden history!

Post by Tom2006 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:30 am

Your garden looks better in winter than mine does in summer!!! icon_thumleft
Most wanted list - Any Young Trachycarpus and/or fern.


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RogerBacardy
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Re: My garden history!

Post by RogerBacardy » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:42 am

Top quality job on the fencing and everything else looks very good too. :)

Shame about your neighbour's cordyline, and now missing Eucalyptus. I know they cast shade , but they also help to protect from frost as the foliage in winter slows down radiation frosts by trapping the (relatively) warmer air. Wonder if the Eucalyptus was cut down prior to the cordyline carking it.


Still, it looks like all your hard work has inspired your neighbour to do up their garden too. Great domino effect, maybe in a few years the whole street will look fabulous!


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Re: My garden history!

Post by gabriel » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:12 pm

great job,looks really good!!!
Gabriel


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Bob
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Re: My garden history!

Post by Bob » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:16 pm

Well deserved praise indeed! Thats a cracking garden you've created there Springy. icon_thumright icon_salut


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Deedee
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Re: My garden history!

Post by Deedee » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:24 pm

Bob wrote:Well deserved praise indeed! Thats a cracking garden you've created there Springy. icon_thumright icon_salut
Hi bob :mrgreen:


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Troppoz
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Re: My garden history!

Post by Troppoz » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:44 pm

Awesome job I could feel my facial expression turning from despair in the first pic to huge smile with every pic. It looks the epitome of the tropics! icon_thumright
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cordyman
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Re: My garden history!

Post by cordyman » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:32 pm

RogerBacardy wrote:Top quality job on the fencing and everything else looks very good too. :)

Shame about your neighbour's cordyline, and now missing Eucalyptus. I know they cast shade , but they also help to protect from frost as the foliage in winter slows down radiation frosts by trapping the (relatively) warmer air. Wonder if the Eucalyptus was cut down prior to the cordyline carking it.


Still, it looks like all your hard work has inspired your neighbour to do up their garden too. Great domino effect, maybe in a few years the whole street will look fabulous!
get a retractable washing line!


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The Codfather
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Re: My garden history!

Post by The Codfather » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:47 pm

:shock: Unreal........I hope mine ends up as good. Is that a Phoenix canariensis_CIDP behind the garage....unprotected !
AKA - Martin

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Delboy
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Re: My garden history!

Post by Delboy » Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:31 pm

Wow, absolutely love it Springy icon_thumleft
Amazing transformation, i can see a lot of hard work gone has gone into that.

As someone who moved into a house where the garden was in a similar state as yours was, i take my hat off to you.

Fair play filling those borders, i only started transformig my garden last year so im a year behind you, but if i can get the planting this year to look half as good as yours i will be a happy man, you have a good eye for detail.

Looking at those pics makes me want to go and take another 3ft off the lawn, altho having to young boys under 5 that probably would not go down too well lol.
My old garden
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New garden......coming soon.


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Yorkshire Kris
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Re: My garden history!

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:03 pm

Look fab! What a great transformation. Nice and colourful and well thought out. icon_thumright icon_thumright


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Springy
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Re: My garden history!

Post by Springy » Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:23 pm

Wow!
What a lovely suprise to come home to icon_cheers
Once again, thank you all for your comments! If that doesn't give me the incentive to improve the garden this year then nothing will! icon_thumleft

Delboy- I use lots of annuals to fill everything out. The seed is cheaper and fairly easy to grow than buying loads of plants. I always look out for things that grow tall to give the garden much needed height.

Coddy-The Pheonix was only planted out permanently in about March last year so this is its first winter in the ground. I kept it going through last winter by dragging the pot into the outhouse, whenever the weather was at its coldest. I planted it close to the wall so that it might benefit from any radiating heat as the garden is south facing, plus it is close to a power supply should I need to add rope lights or extra heating.

RogerBacardy- The cordyline died before the Eucalyptus was cut down. I liked the dappled shade it created in the early morning. As I'm someone who has suffered from skin cancer, I need all the shade I can get!! Thats the main reason that I want to create a more shaded, treefern area so that when the sun is beating down I can retreat somewhere rather than having to skulk indoors!
It was a bitter/sweet day when it was cut down. I wanted the shade but not the seedpods that kept dropping off, nor the fact that it sucked all the moisture from the soil.
The cordyline is now shooting from the base and is putting on good growth icon_thumleft


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Bob
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Re: My garden history!

Post by Bob » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:05 pm

Deedee wrote:
Bob wrote:Well deserved praise indeed! Thats a cracking garden you've created there Springy. icon_thumright icon_salut
Hi bob :mrgreen:
Hi Dee. :happy:


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