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Valerie Johnston, Mrs V Johnston (BT33)

Aspect: North, East

Small, sloped garden, near the sea with half moon patio and pergola leading to garden seat. Granite water feature, which is visited by numerous varieties of birds who bathe and drink from it. I have a path leading up from the water feature and have old railway sleepers as steps. There is no grass to cut! I have three silver birch trees and numerous varied shrubs- at the moment a riotous colour from azaeleas and splanish broom about to flower. My haven.

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Valerie Johnston

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About me
My husband and I live in a ground floor apartment, with one apartment above. We have our own garden to one side of the apartment and the person above is supposed to be responsible for the other side. Unfortunately he does nothing so I carry out all the work in both gardens! I have been retired for 7 years now and absolutely love gardening. I attend a Gardening Class each week and we have various projects to do. The last one I did was 'Organic Gardening' - I found this challenging! My garden is not overly large and has been planted out with a couple of trees, shrubs and flowers. We built a conservatory last year and now can enjoy overlooking the garden at all times of the year. Since building the conservatory we made a small area for vegetable growing but are not experts in this field, yet. We are avid bird watchers and have approximately 12 - 14 species visit us.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Moving to this apartment has given me the chance to design my garden and plant out all my favourite plants. Having a garden seat and being able to watch the birds visit the garden is wonderful.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Cutting back plants in the autumn/winter and keeping leaves cleared - we live at the foot of the Mourne Mountains and the forest is just across the road from us! Deer sometimes trespass on my garden and eat the plants.

The gardening project I am currently working on
a bank at the top end of the garden - this had been planted out with Phormiums and got too tall, so they have been dug out and I now have space to do some planting out - I am thinking of alpine plants in this ares.

Valerie Johnston's forum posts

Liatris Spicata
Sun. 20th March 2011 15:38

Common Box
Sun. 23rd January 2011 15:15

Ligularia - The Rocket
Wed. 8th September 2010 15:54

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