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neil, My Garden (PO12)

Soil types: Clay

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained

Soil pH: Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

Creating a woodland influenced area complete with logs and various ferns, in pots along a west fence. An end of garden palm / hosta / canna area on bed of shingle, giving a summer beach appearance. The east side taken up with palms, and rooted shrubs. Pride of place goes to the Dicksonia Antartica. Front garden has Monkey tree, new shrubs and potential. Very little soil - due to digging, compost loving dog, 60KGs, 10yrs old, & still into eating compost. Jan 13 update: Many more ferns now (mostly thanks to www.Shadyplants), in shed in straw topped pots. Many more plants now on actual plan! Update 15/02 - Shed full of ferns ready for the great outdoors. 13 varieties of Athyrium, but many others. Bali claimed a ceramic pot, pushed it off its log stump, and munched bone meal. This is going to be war this year..

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About me
love palms and ferns. Balancing act though as Mrs Y prefers 'colour' .Palms get approval - reminds her of holidays abroad. Kids roll eyes at talk of garden center visits. 'Where has the dad gone who took me to see Slipknott' was the cry last year when I wanted garden vouchers for birthday. Live on south coast, 90% container gardening, tricky though. Have 9.5 stone dog who enjoys nothing more than munching on compost and using pots as skittles. Bless. Have trouble remembering latin names etc, any ideas how to change this?

Gardening expertise

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Keeping pots safe from Bali, the dog, oh, and the bloody rabbit, evil little sod. Proud of Dicksonia, (Brandon) who got me started in this, 30 fronds this year. Transporting the Monkey Tree home in the back of the car, don't ask.

Biggest gardening frustrations
See above, and frost.

The gardening project I am currently working on
Designing part of garden as fern area, with logs etc. Most new ferns in the shed at the moment. End of garden is given to palms, cannas and hostas - keeps Mrs Y happy and not moaning about those 'bloody ferns'..

neil's forum posts

Velvet calathea or Furry feather calathea - leaves curling....
Thu. 2nd May 2013 20:58

Re: Assistance identifying some plants
Sat. 20th April 2013 18:50

To plastic or not......
Wed. 3rd April 2013 15:26

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