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Joined: Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:43 pm
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Location: Bangor/North Wales
Post Hi from North Wales
I have been reading in the forum for some time but didn't have the courage to write. Now that things in the garden are finally starting to move, I though I can introduce myself and post some photos.
We live on the west coast of North Wales and have mild and wet winters and cool summers (not many sunny days unfortunately). Our garden is appr. 2 acres with a formal planting at the front and exotic plants in the back garden.
Most of my plants are planted outside without any protection. Some of them which are either too small/young or borderline hardy, get a rain shelter or/and a fleece thrown over for the winter.
But I was still left with a problem - there were plants which needed more.....
What I wanted was : to be able to plant them permanently in the ground, to look nice in the winter and to blend with the rest of the garden in the summer.
We built a big pergola which uses stone walls on 2 sides and is positioned in a very sunny corner. For the roof we have poly sheets which slide in and out. For the sides we use tarpoline, the door is taken out completely in the summer. There is a small sitting area inside.
I think someone else here has something similar and I was hoping we can exchange ideas.

I have made two albums on FB (public albums so everyone can see them, even if you don't have a FB account). I'll put a link here as it is faster than uploading all photos (quite a few). One of the albums is for the exotic plants and the other is for the rest of the garden.

https://m.facebook.com/maya.nedeva/albums/10205730217787338/
https://www.facebook.com/maya.nedeva/posts/10211879785122678
https://www.facebook.com/maya.nedeva/posts/10211879791242831

I hope that I haven't broken forum rules by posting links to FB.
Please let me know if you can't see the photos.


Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:17 am
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Location: Folkestone Kent UK
Post Re: Hi from North Wales
Hi Maya

I'm loving your garden, I especially like the step over apple? trees and the lovely use of (presumably native) slate in the raised alpine beds.........the cascading stream looks just fantastic, I need to get some water, running or still back into my garden I think.

Well done, I'm sure you spend every hour there is working in your garden, it's a credit you your hard work and efforts.

Regards

Adrian


Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:39 pm
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Welcome to gote Maya. Your garden is fantastic. You are among like minded people.

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Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:41 pm
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Hi Maya... I'm on this forum as well and welcome to growing on the edge. What species of Xanthorrhoea do you have as it doesn't appear to have blue leaves (glauca)?

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Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:50 pm
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Post Re: Hi from North Wales
Hi Andy :) , yes it is X. glauca.

Thank you for the kind words Adrian and well spotted (the stepover apples and the Welsh slate). It is hard work and sometimes I feel I am loosing the battle but definitely worth it.

Thank you Themes :)


Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:22 pm
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Post Re: Hi from North Wales
What a fabulous place. There will be lots of people on this forum who will adore - and be jealous of - your garden. I adore Bangor and the surrounding area but agree it's often dull and wet but when the sun shines it's a gorgeous area. It must be a very free draining soil for some of those plants to survive.
Do you leave the Wachendorfia out through the winter? Yours looks great. I have one in a pot which is looking sickly and am tempted to plant it out.
Martin


Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:41 am
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Post Re: Hi from North Wales
Martinnicklin wrote:
What a fabulous place. There will be lots of people on this forum who will adore - and be jealous of - your garden. I adore Bangor and the surrounding area but agree it's often dull and wet but when the sun shines it's a gorgeous area. It must be a very free draining soil for some of those plants to survive.
Do you leave the Wachendorfia out through the winter? Yours looks great. I have one in a pot which is looking sickly and am tempted to plant it out.
Martin

Thank you for the lovely words Martin. Yes, Wachendorfia is planted in the ground and has survived winter without protection (has taken -6 without problem). The soil in the front garden is clay, but at the back is free draining. The area at the back is raised which also helps with the drainage.


Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:08 am
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Post Re: Hi from North Wales
Some photos of plants flowering at the moment.

Grevillea
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Melaleuca armillaris
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chamaedorea metallica is flowering
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Porcupine tomato
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Anigozanthos manglesii
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Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:19 pm
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You have a super looking garden Maya and your plants are looking in great condition.

I am very jealous of you being able to grow stuff that likes it on the drier side, what's your secret? I can see bits of the rain covers, but there must be something else to it :)


Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:25 pm
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Adam D wrote:
You have a super looking garden Maya and your plants are looking in great condition.

I am very jealous of you being able to grow stuff that likes it on the drier side, what's your secret? I can see bits of the rain covers, but there must be something else to it :)

Thank you Adam :) The back garden is terraced which helps. We hired s digger and completely replaced the soil with a mixture of coarse sand, gravel and peat. It is working really well and even arid plants like puya and agave are coping with our wet winters.


Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:43 pm
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