Hello From Ellesmere Port!

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Hello From Ellesmere Port!

Post by cheshirepalms » Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:25 pm

So glad I've found this site, the information and ideas are amazing! I have recently moved into a house, where for the first time I can have a garden. I've all ways been into growing tropical and sub tropical plants, but have in the past been limited to pots. The garden was a mess when we moved in, but I'm working on making a little tropical oasis hopefully. So far I have planted (that I would consider tropical looking):

-Phoenix canariensis
-Chamaerops humilis
-Cordyline australis
-Agapanthus africanus
-Kniphofia uvaria

And have these in pots in the greenhouse (some as seedlings)

-Washingtonia robusta
-Trachycarpus fortune
-Olea europaea
-citrus (clementine)
-citrus (lemon)
-figs
-Musa basjoo

In addition I've been able to grow avocados, mangoes, pineapples and dragon fruits from seed indoor, I might move them to the greenhouse in may.

Here are some pictures so far, any comments or ideas would be good. And opinions of whether my plants will be ok.
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These were planted in Oct 2011.
These were planted in Oct 2011.
The greenhouse, low was -5.6 this year!
The greenhouse, low was -5.6 this year!
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GoggleboxUK

Re: Hello From Ellesmere Port!

Post by GoggleboxUK » Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:35 pm

Welcome to HTUK CP, enjoy the forums.

;)

dino

Re: Hello From Ellesmere Port!

Post by dino » Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:53 pm

Welcome CP. Welcome to the forum and good luck with your garden, it's a challenge but highly rewarding.

GREVILLE

Re: Hello From Ellesmere Port!

Post by GREVILLE » Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:55 pm

Hi and welcome, Cheshirepalms icon_cheers

I assume from your user name and the pics, you must be into palms :wink:

Does the proximity of water moderate your local climate?

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Re: Hello From Ellesmere Port!

Post by cheshirepalms » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:21 pm

We tend to be 2/3 degrees milder on nights than central Cheshire on average, but perhaps 1/2 degrees lower on sunny days than inland cheshire. I think because the Mersey estuary is only a mile away it definitely gives us a coastal type climate for the uk.

Andy P

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Post by Andy P » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:27 pm

Welcome aboard Cheshire. Your not too far from me. Look forward to hearing about your success with Dragon fruit cactus as i`m growing some of these myself. Would also be interesting to hear how you do with Phoenix canariensis_CIDP cos i`ve more or less given up on those round these parts.

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Re: Hello From Ellesmere Port!

Post by stephenprudence » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:04 am

Welcome, I'm not too far away from you in Heswall, that's a nice start you have there. icon_thumleft

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Post by cheshirepalms » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:20 am

hi stephen, have you any pictures of your garden on here as I think we have a very similar climate, so I can see what can be grown up in this area?

stephenprudence

Re: Hello From Ellesmere Port!

Post by stephenprudence » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:27 am

I'll add some tomorrow.. just about to head to bed now icon_thumright

kata

Re: Hello From Ellesmere Port!

Post by kata » Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:12 am

Welcome Chehire

:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Breizhman

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Post by Breizhman » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:09 am

Why did you give up the Phoenix Canariensis, ? In Rhyl , as it is located on 9 area , it should grow well normally :shock: What may have happened with your's?

Andy P wrote:Welcome aboard Cheshire. Your not too far from me. Look forward to hearing about your success with Dragon fruit cactus as i`m growing some of these myself. Would also be interesting to hear how you do with Phoenix canariensis (Phoenix canariensis_CIDP) cos i`ve more or less given up on those round these parts.

Breizhman

Re: Hello From Ellesmere Port!

Post by Breizhman » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:14 am

cheshirepalms wrote:
Congratulations for your garden ! Your Phoenix may grow fast , what kind of citrus do you have ?

And have these in pots in the greenhouse (some as seedlings)

-Washingtonia robusta
-Trachycarpus fortune
-Olea europaea
-citrus (clementine)
-citrus (lemon)
-figs
-Musa basjoo

In addition I've been able to grow avocados, mangoes, pineapples and dragon fruits from seed indoor, I might move them to the greenhouse in may.

Here are some pictures so far, any comments or ideas would be good. And opinions of whether my plants will be ok.

Kyle

Re: Hello From Ellesmere Port!

Post by Kyle » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:41 am

Welcome to the forum. icon_cheers

Looking at your images, it seems you are surrounded by lots of trees beyond the front and back of the house. My advice would be to take stock of this and use it to your advantage when it comes to planning your garden.

The most commonly overlooked aspect of a new garden design (IMO) is to take account of the surrounding landscape. Stand around various points of your land (and from the windows of your house) and note all the things you ultimately want to hide from view. Work out their heights from each aspect and research lots of plants. You want maximum light and maximum privacy.

Approached correctly, it can ultimately make the difference of your established garden feeling like another garden in a street or your own endless private oasis.

Good luck with everything and have fun!

Kyle

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Re: Hello From Ellesmere Port!

Post by grub » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:23 am

Welcome to the madhouse Cheshirepalms icon_thumleft

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Re: Hello From Ellesmere Port!

Post by cheshirepalms » Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:41 pm

Breizhman wrote:
cheshirepalms wrote:
Congratulations for your garden ! Your Phoenix may grow fast , what kind of citrus do you have ?

And have these in pots in the greenhouse (some as seedlings)

-Washingtonia robusta
-Trachycarpus fortune
-Olea europaea
-citrus (clementine)
-citrus (lemon)
-figs
-Musa basjoo

In addition I've been able to grow avocados, mangoes, pineapples and dragon fruits from seed indoor, I might move them to the greenhouse in may.

Here are some pictures so far, any comments or ideas would be good. And opinions of whether my plants will be ok.
I have a clementine that I grew from seed 14 years ago although its on its last legs after taking a hammering from the winter 2010/11. Also have a small lemon plant.

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