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
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
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 cleaned out.
New plants to fill in the
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.