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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tres bien et Bon nuit
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ado 2 wrote:
Thank you for transporting us to these gardens through your great photos
I second that!

Did you come back inspired? My visit to Salthill Gardens has inspired me to change the border by the gate and am searching for some of the plants I saw at Mountcharles. Have you come back with any ideas for your garden?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I have. Before I went I was contemplating using the shady area outside my sitting room and below the refurbished terrace for ferns. Now I'm convinced it's the right idea and ive seen some glorious ferny plantings to inspire me. I've also decided to have a small trickle of water enliven this area and to facilitate that I bought a repro gargoyle at Mt Ste Michel. One of the advantages of travelling by ferry is that it doesn't matter if luggage weighs a ton!
I was also able to bring home two tiny ferns with me and two new hydrangeas to add to my collection.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ferns rule! (I'm putting in more ferns in my own garden.) One can't have enough ferns if you have the shade.

and.........Water rules! That goes without saying. Smile Smile

Did you get any more ideas there, Guy?

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Lovely idea Guy. Ferns look so much better grouped together. You must post photos of that!

Look out for the Japanese Rosy Buckler Fern - it's gorgeous.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And Godzilla, an enormous Japanese Painted Fern that grows to 1.8 metres wide!!!! Unfortunately it's deciduous but if it grows like it's supposed to, we'll forgive it. Smile Smile
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Thanks for the suggestions, folks. I will take note.
I didn't get any other specific ideas - I don't think I have the patience for topiary! But things that have stayed with me are the way many gardeners made such dramatic use of light and shade with highlights of single colours and the skilful use of foliage for texture, pattern and colour. I love foliage effects and already have lots of foliage interest so it was good to see many more good examples.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:37 pm    Post subject: End of day two Reply with quote

These guys don't hang about! Beds and ramps marked out and founds excavated. Concrete tomorrow for founds.
I'm finding I need to keep a close 'Clerk of Works' eye on things - but no harm in that. After all, it's my garden! And as well as getting my new ramps and alpine beds, I'm SO glad to see the end of that crooked retaining wall that has plagued me so long and the mankey terrace!f



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Still cannot figure it out.
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Yes I think you do need to keep an eye on things. It looks very complicated at the moment. Interesting to see the progress..... Keep us informed!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops! I posted these on the wrong thread. Will correct later.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any wonder we are confused!!
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You think you are confused? You should have seen the face of the truck driver after his concrete truck smashed a manhole in my driveway today!
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Obviously not a class d manhole then.
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Did they exist circa 1975? If so, the 'builders' who built my house wouldn't have known. I don't think they knew about builders' squares or spirit levels or plum lines, either!
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