Mike Hemmings, Our Seaford coastal back garden (BN25)
Styles: Allotment or vegetable plot, Child friendly, Coastal, Suburban
Soil types: Loamy, Sandy
Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained
Soil pH: Neutral
Light: Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade
Aspect: North, South, East, West
Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)Garden faces north, with a side (decked) garden facing west. We are close to the sea, and our area is windy, so the gardens are rather exposed although there is some protection from the 2m high close boarded fencing to side and back. Main part of back garden is lawn for grandchildren to play, also a hot tub. There is a vegetable plot on the east side of the back garden. We have flower borders that include roses, bedding plants, dahlias, various shrubs, tamarix tree, sickly weeping silver birch tree, plum tree, young acia tree & many pot plants.
Mike Hemmings's garden plan
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Plants in Mike Hemmings's garden
My wife Annie & I have been working on our present garden since we moved to this bungalow (which we renovated) in November 2005. I am keen on most things & good at some, like keeping grass looking good, and roses. My knowledge is patchy, hopefully Shoot will improve that!. Annie's knowledge & experience is greater. I am prone to destroy good plants while weeding which means I'm not allowed to do that chore often.
Biggest gardening accomplishments
Keeping lawn in good condition and virtually weed free despite 10 grandchildren, and keeping the roses close to blackspot free. Redesign of back garden for more plants!
Biggest gardening frustrations
Keeping the garden tidy despite Ann & grandchildren. Lack of storage space. Windy weather in this coastal location. No facility from local council for collection of green waste.
The gardening project I am currently working on
Choosing, getting & planting trees for screening parts of back garden which are overlooked. Creating collapsible, portable plant protection frames. Research is on-going. Felting roof of gazebo. Moving water butts.
Mike Hemmings's forum posts
Re: Re: Re: Free orange tree
Fri. 2nd September 2011 19:54
Re: Free orange tree
Tue. 30th August 2011 16:15