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My Garden Progress

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by Kevin Cowans, Jul 19, 2018.

  1. Verdun

    Verdun Passionate gardener

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    How alkaline? Have you done a PH test yet? Sandy is ok if you choose suitable plants :)
    If you have a sunny border how about a row of lavendar?
    If possible every garden should have lavendar.......wonderful in summer of course but even during winter and other times it looks good when clipped as a grey/green aromatic edging.

    Dont worry about the planning and planting too much. You dont have to get the planting right first time....none of us do so ....because you can move things around. As plants grow you will know what you like, how well they grow, how big etc., thus learning all the time. Besides, you can ask the forum as you proceed :)
     
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    • Kevin Cowans

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      Hello @Verdun

      Thanks for the reply.

      I have not done a specific PH Test yet but I will, just as soon as I manage to source one.

      The back garden faces South South East, if you take a look at the following photograph the Sun rises above where the corner of the fencing is:

      2018-09-30 11.55.43.jpg

      I understand what you are saying about planning but with my Autism I tend to try and plan everything ahead of time as it helps me cope with the unexpected, not always possible I know.

      I will check out the Lavender.

      Thanks in advance

      Kevin
       
    • Verdun

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      I hope this doesnt sound patronising Kevin ....I have worked with folks with autism, viz., aspergers, so I do understand. One guy is a computer expert; another an advisor with CB. :)
      Nothing wrong with planning ahead, for the unexpected......that's a good thing within reason. And you want things just right, even perfect?? Well, we all do too:)
      Just try to relax and enjoy the process :)
       
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      Hello @Verdun

      Thanks for the reply.

      Your reply is not patronising at all.

      I must admit that technology for me just makes sense, I am able to use any technology without reading manuals or guidance of any kind.

      People on the other hand, I have great difficulty dealing with as I just do not understand them, the things they do, the things they say etc.

      It actually came to light recently in a discussion with my Advocate that not everyone processes information as I do or indeed perceives the world as I do, something I keep having to remind myself from time to time.

      I shall start researching plants etc. and see where I get, I do have some pre-requisites for the planting as in they must be:

      Low maintenance
      Not grow too tall
      Colourful
      Preferably scented
      Good for wildlife, for example, Bees, Butterflies etc.

      I will try to relax, honest :)

      Thanks in advance

      Kevin
       
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        There was a fascinating tv garden programme a year or two ago called "the Autistic Gardener". He saw patterns, mathematics and angles in a different way to most of us but his unorthodox reasoning produced wonderful gardens. The process made for compulsive viewing as his gardens emerged from apparent chaos to ultimately come together. :)
         
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        That the chap with the pink hair? It was a very good programme!
         
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        Hello @Verdun

        I believe that programme aired in 2015 which was before I was actually diagnosed as being Autistic in January 2016.

        If the 'Autistic Gardener' is shown again I shall make sure to catch it.

        Thanks in advance

        Kevin
         
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        Yes loofah, the guy with pink hair :) He was proud of his autism and I can see why :)
         
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        Thanks for the tip about the programme just watching an episode on “All 4” it is interesting how he sees things like shapes and patterns in the landscape. He is also very open about Autism and it is refreshing to see how he interprets the world
         
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