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Re: Gardening, landscaping and plants in general
« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2018, 10:47:14 pm »
Having moved into a new house (taking a bunch of plants with us) I was keen to get cracking,
But my garden designer friend and my Mrs banned me from touching it until we had been in a year!
All I have on the go this year is two lairy tomato plants...

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« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2018, 07:05:52 am »
Most things potted require lots and lots of attention; watering/feeding/potting on etc.  I'm not disciplined enough, so have effectively given up on them.  Agapanthus is our one notable exception because it likes having it's root system constricted and does not mind neglect.
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« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2018, 08:35:24 am »
That was my thinking with herbs in large pots. I don't want the root base to spread in a bed. I'd need to cut them back regularly too I think.

I've been advised not to touch anything in our garden for 12 months as well to establish what is already planted, if it's to our taste etc. I've taken a few shrubs out already as they weren't where we'd have chosen to plant them and don't like them anyway. I've got lots of learning to do.

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« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2018, 12:50:09 pm »
To be fair, part of the whole wait a year thing is to take the time to understand a few things, like how, where the light falls, rain shadows, wind tunnels, etc. Also how you use the space, where you sit, if you feel overlooked. How much turf you need, all those kind of considerations.

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« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2018, 08:14:34 pm »
To be fair, part of the whole wait a year thing is to take the time to understand a few things, like how, where the light falls, rain shadows, wind tunnels, etc. Also how you use the space, where you sit, if you feel overlooked. How much turf you need, all those kind of considerations.

told you I'm an amateur  :( and I thought it was almost just about what flowers when! thanks for the advice

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« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2018, 01:13:10 pm »
That too, plus colour, scent, height, shape of the planting....

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« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2018, 11:52:09 pm »
Snapped a few pics of the garden. WIP.




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« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2018, 12:50:27 pm »
Very nice. Lucky to have those mature trees.

Have you considered some kind of structure for your seating area? Might work well....


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« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2018, 04:28:57 pm »
Nice looking yard @mikebarhoot, I'm jealous of your oaks!  I don't think my yard will ever stop being a work in progress so I understand how that goes.

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« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2018, 11:30:40 am »
most definately but not over the fire pit. the sky views are excelent and with NO night light pollution i wouldnt want to obstruct the views. the area to the side tho, i want to add a shop w a covered porch.  some day.

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« Reply #25 on: August 23, 2018, 12:48:33 pm »
OK. Didn't realise it was a fire pit! that is a nice size...

Great to have low levels of light pollution too, wish I had that.

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« Reply #26 on: August 23, 2018, 01:05:46 pm »
Anyone else have a favorite species of tree? Here’s mine

Cedrus libani  The Cedar of Lebanon

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Maybe so. Maybe not

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« Reply #27 on: August 23, 2018, 01:17:29 pm »
Anyone else have a favorite species of tree? Here’s mine

Cedrus libani  The Cedar of Lebanon

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Yes but for nostalgia rather than liking a particular tree for looks or whatever.
Horse chestnut or conker tree as we call them in the UK. Used to have conker fights with them and attempt to cheat by hardening them with questionable tactics passed on from brother to brother

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« Reply #28 on: August 23, 2018, 01:39:22 pm »
I hear that. We used to have acorn fights. Hurt like hell. Those horse chestnuts look worse though.

Most of my Major studies in college focused on forestry. I could post pictures of my favorites for days
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« Reply #29 on: August 25, 2018, 12:50:33 am »
As far as native trees go, I really like the Texas Madrone Trees (Arbutus xalapensis)

https://aneyefortexas.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/the-beautiful-texas-madrone/

I had the opportunity to see some of the rainbow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) last time I was in Costa Rica and they're an amazing exotic tree:

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