Sunday 28 April 2019

Spanish And Oriental Mature Planting In The Garden.

Here's a picture of part of the garden.  There is quite a lot of Bamboo and a Myrtle tree.  











I brought a couple of small bamboo plants in a wheelie bin full of herbaceous perennials eighteen years a go when we moved here.  I bought the Myrtle tree from a church fete in Durrus the same summer.  It was only about a foot high in a pot and we paid 1.50 for it.  Its now fifteen feet high.  The Bamboo is quite invasive and it makes a great screen.  You can't see the poly-tunnel can you?

Apparently Sir Walter Raleigh brought to England and Ireland in 1586.  Along with tobacco, oranges, potatoes and not forgetting his bicycle factory in Nottingham?  

He even named his house Myrtle Grove in Youghal. Regular readers will remember when we visited there and the Almshouses.

Myrtle is only half hardy but seems to survive in coastal gardens on the Gulf stream.  I like it for its white blossom and its gnarling and peeling bark.  Myrtle is often seen at Hebrew weddings.  

Bamboo and Myrtle give a mature look to the garden.  There also foxgloves and forget me nots growing among the perennials.  My garden has an eclectic approach to planting: Oriental, Spanish, Natural, Cottage garden?  A bit of everything!

19 comments:

  1. It is a long time since I saw a Myrtle tree. Lucky you. The foxgloves and forget-me-nots and bluebells are rioting in my garden.... lovely! Oh and by the way, the ferns are fully grown - don't know why I was panicking, but I guess it's because I've never seen them looking dead before.

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    1. Hi Valerie. Your garden sounds my favourite kind of garden. A cottage garden. So quintessentially English with a riot of colour and so much going on. Good to hear the ferns are flourishing. I potted two rogue ferns up the other day. Thanks!

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  2. Did you prune the myrtle to produce a main stem? I’ve got myrtle in a large pot and it has a bushy habit. I like the look of your tree though.

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    1. could it be a bog myrtle?

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    2. I think my tree is the common mrytle Sol. Its get a white blossom and trunk bark peels.

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  3. No Philip. Just planted it and watered it and left it alone. You can grow a Myrtle hedge too. My Myrtle doesn't self seed. I have planted two more near by and hopefully they will cross pollinate. Thanks Philip.

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  4. That tree looks great. It is good to see a tree grow like that in the time you are at a property. We bought a yew tree in a pot which came to the top of my boot, i.e. very tiny, for £5 in the early 1980s when everybody else was spending 25p on the particular day and we thought we had overspent. By the time we left the house 25 years later it had grown to be a splendid yew tree about 15ft tall. The £5 felt like money well spent after all.

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  5. Your five pounds sounds like money well spent Rachel. I have known people pay a pound for a conifer from Woolworths and its cost hundreds to have it removed. They say you plant trees for your grandchildren to enjoy. Trees are ok in the right place. Thanks!

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    1. We expected it to reach 15 ft but were not sure how long it would take as Yew is very slow growing, or if it would grow at all because it looked so small. It was perfectly placed in the garden and I see that the new owners of the house still have it there, of course.

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    2. Good to read the new owners still have the Yew.

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  6. Your garden looks inviting. The best kind. My theory was to put in enough perennials to own the dirt (sorry, the soil) and defeat the weeds.

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  7. Hi Joanne. I love gardens with perennials, shrubs and a few of Mother Natures free plants. Like your theory. It makes sense. Thanks.

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  8. In one of my gardening books it mentions bog myrtle uses here in Scotland being for cleaning wounds. It has an antiseptic quality and stops germs spreading. Clever stuff.

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  9. Sounds a great book Sol. There are so many uses for plants that we either take for granted or have forgotten about. I was reading about Ground Elder the other day. It's supposed to be a good salad plant and remedy for arthritis. Hope you're well Sol? Thanks.

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