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I am now starting to get going on some planting.  The plot is a suntrap in summer but gets all the weather in winter after deliberation on what will withstand drought, baking heat and then howling wind in autum and winter I am having a mediterranean style garden very simple no borders or beds to dig I want it to be easily maintained with minimal outside help so I have built raised planters (rendered) and gravelled areas for pots to stand on.  All that I will put in the ground will be some climbers for the pergola (hoping to grow grapes on that) plus of course a lawn.

 

Yesterday I planted 30 french lavenders in the new  planters topped off with left over slate from the house (goes with my gabion bench too) today I have to pot up 4 fair size olive trees and small lemon and orange trees plus some giant agapanthus and some impulse umbrella bamboos......oh and 4 large miscanthus.

 

I am lucky I have a good start with existing very large potted things as I brought mine from previous house......huge bamboos, 2m high lollipop bays and olives, big Nandinas and acers....all cherished for many years. Nearly fainted when I worked out what it would cost me to replace things of that size at garden centre!

 

Hoping to get some school holiday labour to help with fence painting next week.

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Love your planters! Really smart. I have quite a bit of lavender here and it does pretty well; English, French and a white one that I've forgotten the name of. 

 

 

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That white one begins with an A I think...its lovely but too late in the season for me this year and I didnt want to wait.

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gives more of an idea on the planters ....just ignore world war 3 going on around them LOL

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Wow Lizzie!

What a beautiful setting.

Don't think I had seen pics of the views before.

Love the planters, very crisp.

I have always had blousey cottage style gardens but want something low maintenance & contemporary for the new house.

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13 minutes ago, Moira Niedzwiecka said:

Wow Lizzie!

What a beautiful setting.

Don't think I had seen pics of the views before.

Love the planters, very crisp.

I have always had blousey cottage style gardens but want something low maintenance & contemporary for the new house.

me too on change of style and thank you

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Looks perfect for a low maintenance garden. Lovely outlook too. 

 

Looked the white one up - Lavendula Snowman but it seems to have finished flowering now whereas the others are still going.

 

Love the acer (assume it's an acer?). Can't have them here - just too fragile by the coast. I couldn't have those tree like ones either (bay?). Anything like that would be ripped apart. Pity as those are really attractive. I have several types of hebe that so far have survived all weathers and could possibly withstand a small bomb. 

 

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See....I knew it began with an A 'snowman' LOL

 

Yes acer and bay - may have to move them into a sheltered spot out of the wind over the winter......bought myself a new sack trolley this week just for pot moving, independent woman Yay!

 

I never had great luck with hebe at previous garden might give some a go here.

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3 minutes ago, lizzie said:

bought myself a new sack trolley this week just for pot moving, independent woman

 

Lol, I have various contraptions so that I can move stuff these days; dollys, sack trolleys and the like. No choice if you are on your own. Best I ever did before was 'help' a little. 

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There are some Cistus which are OK in windy coastal locations, good in pots and evergreen to boot.

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I think for something that crisp you want a Contorted Hazel or similar as a contrast.

 

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1 minute ago, Ferdinand said:

I think for something that crisp you want a Contorted Hazel or similar as a contrast.

 

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Funnily enough I have one order

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On 04/08/2018 at 14:36, lizzie said:

I am now starting to get going on some planting.  The plot is a suntrap in summer but gets all the weather in winter after deliberation on what will withstand drought, baking heat and then howling wind in autum and winter I am having a mediterranean style garden very simple no borders or beds to dig I want it to be easily maintained with minimal outside help so I have built raised planters (rendered) and gravelled areas for pots to stand on.  All that I will put in the ground will be some climbers for the pergola (hoping to grow grapes on that) plus of course a lawn.

 

Yesterday I planted 30 french lavenders in the new  planters topped off with left over slate from the house (goes with my gabion bench too) today I have to pot up 4 fair size olive trees and small lemon and orange trees plus some giant agapanthus and some impulse umbrella bamboos......oh and 4 large miscanthus.

 

I am lucky I have a good start with existing very large potted things as I brought mine from previous house......huge bamboos, 2m high lollipop bays and olives, big Nandinas and acers....all cherished for many years. Nearly fainted when I worked out what it would cost me to replace things of that size at garden centre!

 

Hoping to get some school holiday labour to help with fence painting next week.

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That is a GREAT garden. Do you have a photo of how is it right now, at the end of the summer?

 

 

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20 minutes ago, OvertheGardenWall said:

That is a GREAT garden. Do you have a photo of how is it right now, at the end of the summer?

Thank you.  I'm pleased with the way its coming together.

 

 

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Mines not far behind. Hum, bit more work required I think. Yours is looking fab (jealous face).

 

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