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Ballycarbery garden's Garden
This garden will become better over time...but, a long time. I will firstly get the shelter belts effective, right now only half the potential has been realised. BUT sometime in the next 5-10 years there will definately be a very noteworthy large garden.
The location is suberb, great view of Balycarbery Castle ruins, also a view of an old stone fort, mountains and close to the ocean. BUT!!! The wind, the wind is this garden's biggest enemy.
Over time, I hope to bring possibly a couple of acres into my "Great Garden" plan. But for now I must exercise enormous patience and slowly create that much needed shelter. What I will lose in external scenery, I hope to make up for within the garden itself.
APRIL 2009. Got a chance to check out on how the shelter is progressing and unfortunately, I had to plant numerous pines to fill in the huge gaps left by failures. This is a big setback. Although there are several individual pines and some alders growing well, there is not enough consistency to privide an adequate filter of shelter from the prevailing South-West winds.
In the area where there is established shelter at the rear of the house there is now a great stand of birches, ash (fraxinus) mountain ash and sycamore. These trees are looking terrific and pretty soon will cover this area of ground with a full canopy. The outside row of pines are now getting bare at the base so I will have to add a hedge (probably Hebe) atthe lawn side of this in order to provide a nicer finish.
13 July 2012 21:36:25
Rough ground - Before & After
Some of you may find this tip useful/encouraging. I cut back a heavy growth of weeds (docks, nettles, thistles & grass) with a strimmer. Then raked away the dried debris. I combed the ground for stones & rubble etc and then raised my lawnmower to full height and mowed the area (after about 2 weeks of re-growth. Of course the ground is bumpy, but with the lawnmower at full height, it created a neat finish to an otherwise rough piece of ground. Has made a huge difference!!
06 July 2012 23:34:01
The long wait for Shelter to develope!
Still working onmy shelter belts. Mix of Pines, Alders and Sycamores. Briars are a problem coming though!!
03 July 2012 03:29:36
Before and After.
Now it's nice and clean!!
30 June 2012 19:17:34
Re-seeded floor and trimmed trunks of the trees.
Very clean look now that the ground has been cleared and seeded.
30 June 2012 19:12:31
The Stonehenge effect.
I looked up the definition of Copse and it's a thicket of underwood and small trees; the underwood of a wood or forest. Technically this may be true of what I used to call my little copse of trees as there was a lot of sallies growing among the birches, alders, ash (both mountain & common) sycamore and pine. However, I got all the underbrush removed including the roots; brought in top soil and seeded the place. Now I have a Grove!! Again, I looked up its meaning which is a small wood or group of trees for providing shade, forming avenues, etc.
To my surprise, my helper found these great slabs of sandstone lying around and added a Stonehenge effect. Very often its best to allow the creativity of someone else run wild on your garden and create a brand new look.