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New border on the other side.............................


Well the blog about my antipodean border was well received and many people thought the planting was good, interesting and unusual, it is nice to do something a little different.
As some of the pictures indicate there is a bed on the other side of the path. This gets light and sun all day. I haven’t really stuck to any theme there except for the fact all the plants enjoy a bit of sun – don’t we all.
These statuesque plants certainly do – Pride of Madeira, the Echium Pininana a relative to our native bugloss.

Hopefully these will make it through the Winter and will flower next Summer, they are bi/triennials and grow at a rate of knots over this time. If they enjoy where they are growing they will seed and grow happily.
Other plants I am growing in this border are Clerodendrum bungei. This is a young plant and I am keeping my fingers crossed this Winter, I have laid down a pretty thick bark mulch which should protect the roots. The plants have dark green leaves, purple stems and lovely pink pom-pom flowers which sit on a rosette of leaves

This little beauty is a very rare species of Cistus Argentus. It was bred in Ventnor Botanical Gardens and is called Ventnorensis ‘Mr Stripey’. Spritz has another one which I gave her as a gift when I went to her open garden day. The only place you can buy it is Ventnor Botanics on the Isle of Wight.

I have several of these growing along the edges of the border, Pink Erigerons

These are different views of the border

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Nice Andrea, and all looking very good. What's the plan for the Monkey puzzle in the future ?

14 Nov, 2009


~love the echiums!

14 Nov, 2009


How is the weather your end, our end is shocking (Solent) hope your garden is coping better than ours.

14 Nov, 2009


Thanks guys. Unfortunately one of the echiums has rotted since I took this photo and I have replaced it with a grass. The monkey puzzle is staying where it is. I have grown this from about 12 " high from Holkham Hall Garden Centre in Norfolk.
The weather here was shocking too, force 10 in some places!! We stayed in and battened down the hatches. Everything seems to be ok when I went out today.

15 Nov, 2009


Glad to hear all is ok with you, much quieter today.

15 Nov, 2009

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