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So glad I found this forum

Post by Camouflage » Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:14 pm

Hi my name is Rod, I'm planning a new Garden and I'm new to tropical gardening.

I have been lurking for a while, finding a lot of useful information to help me prepare the ground and start collecting suitable plants.
The Garden is very small at the rear of my Victorian terraced house, however it's sheltered and south facing.
Effectively it's two planting beds 9M x 1.5M (30'x5') either side of a path with a patio area near the house.
A little small but it is what it is.
The plan so far is to plant a bamboo screen across the far end, with some Tachycarpus plams/Flaxes and ferns randomly scattered in the beds. I’ll fill in with flowering plants later in the season.

And lastly a particular thanks to the members with garden blogs, which have given me so much inspiration.


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Post by Blairs » Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:20 pm

Welcome! - Your garden sounds very promising and I think that you can get the tropical affect with a smaller garden far better than those with larger ones.

You should post some pics, you cannot post enough gardening pictures as we all find them endlessly interesting :D


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Post by Springy » Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:43 pm

Hi and welcome! Lurking is good and I did it for a while until I plucked up the courage to say hello!

Whilst your garden is young I would try and dig in as much well rotted manure as you can before planting. The first year I planted here, growth was really impressive. Loads of quick growing annuals were used and a more hardy backbone added through the following years!

I look forward to seeing pics soon! icon_salut


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Post by Camouflage » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:09 pm

Thanks for the welcomes.
I'm going for the well packed (jungle) look, so hope to still get a good range of plants in the small area.
Although the soil looks good, I suspect that there's not much goodness left in it. I have been digging in 50ltr bags of manure and chicken manure pellets. I'll also use some Palmbooster when the Trachycarpus's go in.
I'll post up some pictures once planted.


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Post by flounder » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:38 pm

Welcome. Lurking is good but chatting is better!
I take it the garden is walled? So much easier to create your own micro climate if it is. The bamboo screen, you've got fargesia in mind hopefully. I would strongly dissuade you from the running types. Great for a few years but a nightmare in a restricted area. Looking forward to progress photos
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Post by GREVILLE » Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:55 pm

Welcome to HTUK, Camouflage icon_cheers icon_cheers

By the looks of your plans for the garden it won't be long before you can provide a blog of your own.


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Post by kata » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:46 pm

Welcome to the forum Rod!

Pics before and after are great to keep.

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Post by Tom2006 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:52 pm

Welcome!!!

They are great sized boarders and will look superb. Get your festure plants in first palms tree ferns etc then just fill the rest with a riot of bananas canna and foliage and colour. Worth digging on lota of compost or similar and also some gravel if your soil is not free draining.
Most wanted list - Any Young Trachycarpus and/or fern.


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Post by Dave Brown » Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:22 pm

Hi Rod,

Glad you decided to post rather than lurk :lol:

Most important thing is to take pics before you start to compare your hard work with later. It doesn't take long to completely change a garden and is always good to look back at what you have achieved ?

My garden is a bit bigger but shows what a difference exotics planting can make.
so to start you off
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Post by cordyman » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:10 pm

Welcome Rod icon_cheers
Dave Brown wrote:Hi Rod,

Glad you decided to post rather than lurk :lol:

Most important thing is to take pics before you start to compare your hard work with later. It doesn't take long to completely change a garden and is always good to look back at what you have achieved ?

My garden is a bit bigger but shows what a difference exotics planting can make.
so to start you off
anymore 1983 comparison angle shots? icon_thumleft


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Post by sanatic1234 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:56 pm

welcome to HTUK rod. icon_thumleft , i look forward to seeing your progress as you build your garden.
Best regards Aaron :)

Summer 2013 was a good one :-).

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Post by Huttie » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:40 pm

Hi Rod and welcome to this great site, im glad to have been able to help you a little bit so far. All the best and enjoy your new project. Paul.


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Post by jungle jas » Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:04 pm

Welcome Rod I'm sure you will find many useful tips on here. Good luck with your garden. icon_thumright
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Post by fern Rob » Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:45 pm

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Post by Camouflage » Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:23 pm

Well Sunday didn't turn out to bad in Kent, so I got on with putting in the Primary plants.
I did say it's a very small garden.
The Palm in the left foreground is Trachycarpus fortunei the other 3 are Trachycarpus Wagnerianus (from the Palm House), with a Cordyline Australis also on the left. Bamboos at the far end are Phyllostachys Aurea & Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Spectablis, mid way up the garden on the left is a Phyllostachys Bissettii and on the right a Phyllostachys Nigra, with a large Phormium Tenax also on the right.

Will post an update once the weather warms up and I get the rest of the plants in.
The climbing Roses may have to go.
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09:30, start digging out holes.
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By 16:00 it looked like this.
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Still plenty of space to fill in.


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