Top ten list of garden plants

  • Abutilons of all kinds
  • Buddlejas old and new
  • Epiphytic orchids and ferns
  • Gordonia species
  • Heliotrope, Lemon verbena, Fennel and herbs
  • Michelias of all sorts
  • Perennial Salvias large and small
  • Species Camellias
  • Tea and China Roses
  • Weigela of all types

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Many Changes at "The Shambles" before Easter 2016

It seemed the right time.
A big Cocos Palm near the house and 3 large Privets (Ligustrum ovale) and a very large Ice Cream Bean tree (Inga edulis)  were removed from our North West Rainforest corner.  The palm was a big bloody nuisance and the sky has opened up in the North west corner bringing on a new project.

4 meters of large large pitching stone was brought into the NorthWest corner to compose a circle of stone and a central circle of stone reflecting somewhat the more formal rock work in the opposite corner (SE) of "The Shambles".  The paths will be gravelled and the rest of the understory areas of ferns, bromeliads, Deiffenbachia and other subtropical foliage plants are now rock edged. Going from the shade of the rainforest into the sun is quite successfully achieved. A borrowed background of a large variegated fig ? Ficus benjamina? lies to the west of this new area.
We mean to keep this area from being shaded by new trees. We ave already added Lomandra hystrix and intend to transplant Red Hot Poker Knifophia aloides for interest and Graptophyllum ilicifolim (Holly Fuchsia) for Hedging behind.

Assembling rocks and gravel at North West Corner "The Shambles"

Our once fowl house and then mower shed was moved after 20 years and now sits close to the north boundary behind the "Plough Inn". Old wire was taken away with posts etc. This gives a lovely open aspect which takes in the trunks (and in season) the autumn foliage of our old Persimmon trees.
The former crossing paths of our "Criss Cross"  garden is now a five ways also connecting to the western side of "Fenced Rose garden"
Kyleigh found an interesting plant , a variegated Stobilanthes anisophyllus var 'Chameleon' to add to he "Criss Cross Fiveways.

Strobilanthes anisophyllus "Chameleon"
The site where the Cocos Palm was removed is right outside a large picture window in our main room. Thinking and planning is required here.

Just the beginning of these projects which should start to reach a final form before Easter2016

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