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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:22 pm    Post subject: Some shots of my garden (Spain) Reply with quote

Hi everyone,
I try to attach some pictures of my garden. It's situated in north-waste of Spain with a tipically oceanic climate (haigh rainfall and mild temperature). It's a young garden, these days starts its secon year, and it was conceived as cottage garden. Pictures were taken las year.
Your opinion and suggestions are welcome.
Bye



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are gorgeous, especially the top picture Very Happy Very Happy

Do you collect seeds from all those perennials Question

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! I'll be over to visit Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't believe your garden is so young, and looks so gorgeous already! I love the first photo too, though they are all really inspiring.
I am starting a new garden too, and am striving for a very similar "look".
Will you tell us what plants you particularly like and which have performed well for you?
You obviously have green fingers, well done.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, What an inspiration. The 1st picture has to be my favourite too. Well done
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lookin' good scirpus. Very full for one year. Is that a Verbascum (Mullein) popping up in the second picture.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot for your nice comments.

PennyG, for some plants I don't need to collect seeds. Alyssum, Zinnia, Lathyrus, Rudbeckia, Anthemis, Cosmo,,, I sew them once two years ago and they germinated again last year. So I just cleared them up (the ones in the wrong place) and moved some (to the right place). For the rest (i.e. Trachelium, Achillea, Tropaleum...), I collect seeds of wild plants.

Sive, most af these plants have a prompt (but quick) effect. So if you start with a new garden, shrubs and trees will be small and you will have to fill empty spaces with lots of herbaceous plants.
I didn't have many problems last year. They all performed quite good. Alyssum is an incredible plant flowering during 6-7 months. Cosmo are too big and I'm not sure I will include them this year. Rudbeckia, I love it.
About small shrubs: Felicia (you can see them in the first picture) don't look nice after winter, I have pruned them and they are sprouting. Let's see it in few weeks. Osteospermum, I don't know what happened with them, but they suddenly started fading at the end of spring-beginning of summer. Lantana, they're great.
About perennials: Coreopsis, Astilbe, Liatris performed very well. Hosta I took them out, too many toubles with snails.

GPI, yes it`s a Verbascum. They are spontaneous around here. Probably it wasn't in the right place last year. You can see a small Punica granatum behind it . I think it shouldn't have any tall plant before it. What's your opinion?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well you definetly have a green thumb Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful garden, its hard to believe its only one year old. The climate must be just right. Well done!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks Her Outdoors. Yes, the garden is one year old. Last year, at this time, I only had few plants. Plants around year grow fast. Humidity and temperature are the best for growing during the most of the year. It's like a long spring. This has also a disadvantage: some plants have a short life even if you prune them often.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question for you,

In that second last picture, what are those tall purple flowers?
They're gorgeous Very Happy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow !!! Your garden is absoutely gorgeous and a real inspiration.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PennyG,
the purple flowers are Bergenia. It's also called winter "Hydrangea" because of its winter flowers.
Moggy, thanks for your enthusiasm.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have worked wonders! The combinations are spectacular! My Bergenia doesn't look anything as good as that. Well done again!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beautiful,those pics would make wonderful postcards,
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