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Tropical Border Project

Discussion in 'Tropical Gardening' started by andrews, Aug 31, 2018.

  1. andrews

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    Not sure if this should be under the tropical section or if theres a better place for it to live …

    Thought I'd start a thread on the latest project to turn a border from a mix of styles into more of a tropical border, following on from my seeds question.

    A couple of before photos that really just show the size of the border from both ends. Its south facing so not a deal of shade to be had. Yes - the grass is a mess. No water and 2 weeks holiday saw to that.

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    Theres a lot of cutting down to be done which starts tomorrow with the sloe tree (first big tree on the first pic) - makes picking the sloes easier !

    I'll post close up photos as I go along.

    And then these can be planted to start the new structure. Really pleased with these plants that arrived today.

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      This will be an interesting thread I think andrews. You seem to have a good idea what you want there.:)
      Good size plants too :)
      keep the photos coming as you make progress
       
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        Lovely plants @andrews ! Would you mind telling us the supplier?
         
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          A good selection of plants andrews, I have hankered after a Dasylirion since seeing them at the Palm Centre last year. Looks like you have 3 there.
           
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          Likewise Verdun. Must admit I tend to become very envious when I see friends with large gardens, plus the two German Shepherds.
           
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            @CarolineL We bought the plants from Nigel at Hardy Palms. What started off as an order for a £30 plant turned into something a bit bigger .

            We've bought a lot of palms from him in the past and all are strong plants.

            As it is the end of the season he is doing good deals on plants. Shipping was £50 for a pallet so buying more meant the shipping per plant was less too.

            @JWK there are 3 daisylirions. The plants are :

            Yuccas
            Filifera
            Faxoniana
            Rostrata
            Thompsoniana

            Daisylirions
            Wheeleri
            Seratifolia
            Longissium

            Buttia Chilensis

            @Mike Allen the garden is a blessing and a curse. It takes a lot of looking after. Pretty much like the dogs really !

            @Verdun Pics will start today. I'm about to take the chainsaw to the first victim as soon as Ive finished my coffee
             
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              Nigel is a good choice. Whilst The Palm Centre at Ham has good specimens their prices are out of my reach.
               
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                pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                To be honest I quite like the look of a few of those trees/bushes in the border.
                I hope you are going to be selective in the ones you get rid of.:smile::biggrin:
                 
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                @pete We are being selective. The sloe went as it wasn't a good looking tree and I was forever digging out self sets.

                The holly was just too big and didn't fit with the tropical feel.

                A flowering currant bush has been removed too but someone is picking it up today rather than it going in the skip

                Ive also dug up a few of my most hated weed - elder trees. They get everywhere !

                The skip is now full so I'm getting someone in with a shredder to give me skip space and mulch.

                The Yew is being thinned out but staying as it gives shelter

                The bay is having a heavy prune as it has got out of hand
                 
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                  pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                  Only reason I mention is that although I like spikeys I think if your doing a planting out on that scale you need a few more leafy plants to add a bit of contrast, and maybe winter shelter from frost.
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                    Totally agree. The delivery was from a place that does 99% spikey stuff. The Butia has deeper roots than other palms so will tolerate dry but does like shelter so we will be planting it with that in mind, sheltered by the bay tree which is a good 20ft tall and bushy.

                    Ignoring how it would look, I don't think that the bank manager would be too happy if we filled the border with plants such as these.

                    I am sowing seeds which will be leafy. Our tropical area has lots of different textures and we will plant similar stuff in this border. Will add pictures of progress tomorrow. Time to go out to the dogs and plant some brug. seeds.
                     
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                      Exciting at that stage andrews :)
                      The physicality of it all....clearing , digging, cutting, removing always with an awareness and an eye to design and replanting.
                      Smaller scale by far, but I removed a huge juniper ...by hand......and enjoyed every second of the challenge and hard work. Plus it is now an attractive area I am proud of:). Well worth it:)
                       
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                        CE896A77-54B4-42B3-A48B-F9879E5C3FCA.jpeg Let’s see if this works from my phone. Space made for the butia this evening
                         
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