The left bed late 2010. 5 years after the first planting the 2 large gum
trees, 2 huge pine trees, all planted in about 3 square metres in my
neighbour’s garden all near the fence. They all depleted moisture and nutrients
and the fuchsias were really suffering
I decided to build raised beds and line the with geotextile fabric (idea can
from Gardening Australia, instructions for a raised vege
bed near a tree).
So ALL the fuchsias had to be dug up and packed so they would survive
2-3 days it would take to do the work.
The finished beds, another was added in centre left of photo later, when the
arch had been removed, watering system being installed
Plants being replaced, these were sorted so the least hardy ones would be
under the new shade sails.
My neighbour finally agreed to have the 2 pine trees cut down so the
other neighbour (in the yellow house and I paid and down they came. You can get an idea how tall the trees were
the yellow house you can see on the left is 2 storeys high. A great relief as
all three neighbours had gutters full of pine needles days after they were
New plants to fill in the gaps
2011, decided that I need a glass house
so had to move 2 large azaleas I had moved from Woodford in 2003
Donna, dragging the huge azalea the whole length of the garden, only pruned
it slightly as it was in bud, was flowering a survived the move well.
Donna and son Tom helped construct the new “flat pack “greenhouse. It has
been great for winter propagating, especially in the last 2 wet winters.