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Hi and welcome to a view of what lies behind my garden gate.
I like to work in the garden as opposed to taking photos of the plants and things that grow there. So please excuse the poor quality of the current snaps that were taken with my rather basic phone. Better pics. are pending.......
The garden is fairly coastal, with very little between the front garden and the sea which is only about 400 metres away. This means that the front garden which faces mainly easterly gets a fair lashing from strong salty winds that can cause wind burn. So planting has been a challenge at times that has involved some experiment and trial/error.
The side garden has a more southerly aspect but is basically a narrow strip....all the same it has a little potential.
The rear garden is westerly and is walled and fenced.
All parts of the garden are in summary small in size, so plants with a compact or easily controlled size and habit are the ones that I usually prefer. Dry habitat plants that cope well with harsh winds and some exotic plants and trees can do well in my location because the winter temperatures here at the coast are a bit milder.
I am still developing the garden since I had a blank canvas to begin with six years ago. So it is usually undergoing some kind of change or additions as I add to my gardening knowledge and resources.
Hope you enjoy browsing as I add new photos.
06 November 2010 15:38:42
Morning sun in November
The garden is looking quite sad now, but even though everything is fading, some morning sunshine can make everything look fresh and pretty.
06 November 2010 14:30:36
The sky was clear and blue this morning, so even though my garden is fast fading away for winter, I took some handy pics. again with the old mobile phone lol. See photos->
I will get my Nikon camera out one of these days, I promise ha ha.
Have a nice weekend folks.
04 November 2010 22:58:23
Bumble bee on lavender
Remember to leave a corner of the garden untidy this winter for wildlife. Some bees ( mated queen bees) hibernate as soon as first frosts begin. Bees will be looking for hollow stems, water, leaves and dark places in walls, under ground, amongst dead grasses etc to build nests.
31 October 2010 12:12:35
My arum lilies, are just about evergreen in my fairly sheltered rear garden which is closely situated by the coast. Except for a nasty wind lashing they stand up well throughout the winter. However the severe winter frosts last year turned the lush leafy growth to pulp. All the same they recovered, although were slower by about two months since they lost all of their top growth. Now they are stronger and lusher than before, but did not bloom perhaps due to the energy put into regrowing.
I am in two minds whether to cut them down now and protect the crowns for this coming winter, or whether to take my chances again and leave them uncovered. They are too big for a standard cloche, measuring about 4ft square. A home made mini polytunnel is about the only other solution that I can imagine. But this solution is expensive.
Anyone have another suggestion or comments please?
They were my only garden casualty last winter,lol.