My Garden farewell

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photonbucket

My Garden farewell

Post by photonbucket » Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:06 pm

I will shortly be leaving this garden for pastures new, so I thought I would take some quick snaps, especially because not many plants are coming with me. I haven't really looked after the garden a great deal over the past year. I just simply have not had time. But some areas are looking ok...

I was sick of watering pots in the greenhouse, so got rid of them all and planted raised beds in there. Height wll quickly become an issue! Anyone else done this?

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Looking a bit messy, but I have 4-5 different Passionflowers in there, including this one (Not sure what it is):

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Sticking to protected plants, my bougainvillea is prolific, but it never seems to have many leaves. Guess that is better than having no flowers. It is in a north facing conservatory that goes down to about zero in winter.

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Over to the arid section. A small raised bed because my soil is awful. (Very heavy clay which floods from October to May). Still it's the first time I have managed to get Echiums to flower. icon_thumleft

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Can't wait to get stuck into a new garden with decent soil.

kata

Re: My Garden farewell

Post by kata » Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:35 pm

Those are nice plants PB,

I love the Passion flower...awesome!

Where are you going?

I hope you spend many happy years in your new home. Don't forget pics of your new garden.

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photonbucket

Re: My Garden farewell

Post by photonbucket » Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:40 pm

Kata, I have learnt from this garden. I have made lots of mistakes and didn't really plan anything. When I move I am going to rely heavily on the advice found here. First off, the shady courtyard which I am tempted to cover and make frost free. (But more on that later).

I should be moving in 2-4 weeks. No official date yet but 28-29th June is looking likely.

Goodbye clay! icon_salut

kata

Re: My Garden farewell

Post by kata » Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:52 pm

Billdango's yard could give you ideas,

http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/v ... 8&start=75

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Re: My Garden farewell

Post by Dave Brown » Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:33 pm

Great plants Tom icon_thumleft

Is that arid bed inside your polytunnel :ahhh!:
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Re: My Garden farewell

Post by billdango » Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:35 pm

I don't know the name of that purple passion plant but there is one in a garden in St Denys that flowers every year.

Its a bit late this year due to the poor summer we are having down here at the moment but as soon as it flowers I will post some pictures of it.

I also have a deep red passion flower in my garden which should normally flower by september so when it does I will post some pictures of it as well.

rgds billdango icon_thumleft

photonbucket

Re: My Garden farewell

Post by photonbucket » Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:59 am

Dave Brown wrote:Great plants Tom icon_thumleft

Is that arid bed inside your polytunnel :ahhh!:
Dave I cheated. I was sick of loosing my Echiums so I put a polytunnel over the bed during the winter. It worked! The reason I had to take the tunnel down in early spring was that the Echiums were hitting the top. icon_thumleft

This bed had a couple of frosts so I threw some bubble wrap over it for a few nights. Evenso, it seems that Aeoniums and Bulbines can take temperatures of at least zero.

photonbucket

Re: My Garden farewell

Post by photonbucket » Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:01 am

What is the plant in the bottom right corner of my arid bed? It seems quite fast growing and is getting a bit too big.

Can't remember what it is, whether it's hardy etc etc icon_scratch

And another thing, how long does it take for viable seeds to form on the Echiums? They have almost finished flowering completely. Will I be able to harvest some before I move in about 3 weeks?

If I can, I can send spares to any HTUK members. icon_cheers

photonbucket

Re: My Garden farewell

Post by photonbucket » Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:06 am

More pics in case you're interested....

An unusual pot. Behind it is my bath full of bamboo. Baths make amazing big tubs!

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Over in the damp shade is one of my fave plants; Sum and Substance.

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kata

Re: My Garden farewell

Post by kata » Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:18 am

Thats very nice of you to think of the members PB,

I hav'nt grown any but if any spare seed can I put my name down please?

I believe Sanatic grows Echiums.

http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/v ... anatic1234

I found this on Ebay
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Addictedtopalms26

Re: My Garden farewell

Post by Addictedtopalms26 » Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:36 pm

Do you know which variety of Aeoniums they are? You could take cuttings with you icon_thumleft

The passiflora is called Amethyst icon_thumright

photonbucket

Re: My Garden farewell

Post by photonbucket » Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:18 pm

Addictedtopalms26 wrote:Do you know which variety of Aeoniums they are? You could take cuttings with you icon_thumleft

The passiflora is called Amethyst icon_thumright
The variety is Aeonium Aboreum Zwatkop. Ten a penny really and very cheap (about £1.50 each from my local wholesaler).

Now you say it, it is Amethyst. Thanks!

I will post a couple more pics later.

Addictedtopalms26

Re: My Garden farewell

Post by Addictedtopalms26 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:47 pm

Ah I want to propagate lots of Aeoniums for a bedding scheme next year :) so if their cheap that's good, seen them on gardeners world before but not found them in my local GC.

Passiflora's are nice, I have 3 of the amethyst, 1 edulis and a common caerulea which is hardy. Caerulea is still my favourite though as its such a combination of colours.

Interesting fact about amethyst is that it was actually bred in the UK over 100 years ago! Origin and parents unknown though!

photonbucket

Re: My Garden farewell

Post by photonbucket » Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:51 pm

For me, Dicksonia Squarrosa outperforms Antarctica every year in terms of frond retention and length.

Is this the same for others?

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Re: My Garden farewell

Post by photonbucket » Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:54 pm

Addictedtopalms26 wrote:Ah I want to propagate lots of Aeoniums for a bedding scheme next year :) so if their cheap that's good, seen them on gardeners world before but not found them in my local GC.

Passiflora's are nice, I have 3 of the amethyst, 1 edulis and a common caerulea which is hardy. Caerulea is still my favourite though as its such a combination of colours.

Interesting fact about amethyst is that it was actually bred in the UK over 100 years ago! Origin and parents unknown though!
Best place to buy passionflowers; Morrisons for £1.79!

As for Aeoniums, if I go to Goose Green again I will PM you beforehand and can will pick you some up. I will probably go in August once I have moved. icon_thumleft

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