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Under Construction...

10 May 2010 17:12:16
Under Construction...

Under Construction...

Last year I thought a lot about a make-over for my ex-rose garden. I didn't do much except remove the roses, tidy the edges, mulch and place a few pots of box around. Oh, and create a little photo album on here. I hadn't made up my mind what I was going to do.

Well, I have been thinking about it a lot. And although I haven't finalised anything, I have decided to treat the two halves differently - for the moment anyone. One half, consisting of 4 symmetrical beds, will have tree ferns planted in them.

Today we started planted the first 2 of my 4 tree ferns in the first 2 beds. Rain called a halt to play.

This is a work in progress and I have yet to decide on planting underneath the tree ferns or for the bed behind. I also think the Coronet apple tree will have to go as it doesn't fit style-wise.

Of course I would love an effect like in Martin and Deborah's garden but I think that my exposed, sunny, dry site is as far removed from their sheltered, shaded, moist site (or so it seems from their web site) as any place can get. So I am experimenting with effects.

Before anyone says anything, I do know that the ideal aspect for tree ferns is shelter, shade and moisture but I am going to try them here anyway and if they struggle then I may move them. (photos in 'May 2010' and old 'Rose Garden' albums) To be continued...

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LindaB LindaB 10 May 2010 17:29:41

Rachel the tree ferns look fab in situ, you must be delighted.

Myrtle Myrtle 10 May 2010 17:34:43

Lovely to see their fresh new foliage unfurling.

Lìga Lìga 10 May 2010 17:42:09

I would love to see it in life.You have beautiful view.

Clara Clara 10 May 2010 17:45:11

Looks great already  Lovely photo and lovely view.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 May 2010 18:46:54

I think the tree ferns will look grand, once you get more plants in. Ideally foliage plants, with big leaves.

Noelfitz Noelfitz 10 May 2010 18:51:33


your photos are truly inspirational.

Many thanks.

Ladybird Ladybird 10 May 2010 20:16:01

Love your cherries and ferns.

fran m fran m 10 May 2010 21:30:45

Looks great.

Great buzz when you get things started.

wayne wayne 10 May 2010 23:09:44

You got a really jealous neighbour up here Rachel. I love those ferns and someday oh someday............

Rachel Rachel 10 May 2010 23:36:32

Thank you, everyone. It is a work in progress as only 2 trees are in there and I hadn't even cleaned up or edged. I'm thinking along the lines of low grasses as the under storey but do feel I need to mark the clean lines of the symmetrical areas somehow. I need to give that some more thought as marking them with box is now out of the question. I also need some strong focal point to draw the eye to the end. Of course Deborah's idea of Rajasthani coloured bizzy lizzies is very exciting...

Rachel Rachel 10 May 2010 23:47:14

Liga, you will come and see everything this summer. You are most welcome. I would suggest coming after a trip to the glorious Bay Garden in Camolin but seeing my garden after somewhere like that would be a big anti-climax : )

Wayne, no need to be jealous. You have done amazing things in your garden so far this year. The more you plant (even if it's not big trees) the more you reduce exposure. Not very long ago I couldn't have a Japanese maple in my garden anywhere but it is not like that any more. I love what you have done with that pond.

Linda, I am delighted. Although I haven't firmed up on many things yet I feel I am making progress.

Noel, I think your compliment is a bit excessive but thank you all the same.


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