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Home Page - 'My Garden' - a personal gardening site.

My Garden represents a wide range of rare and unusual plants in a small private garden in Wales, UK, with an emphasis on wildlife and * biodiversity. Hopefully this site acts as a pictorial diary over the seasons and over the coming years of what is growing and flowering, starting with April 2003 and continuing........ You will hopefully be surprised at what you will find on this site and will act as an useful resource of information on a wide range of gardening topics, some quite controversial such as the consequences of the Rio Convention on the future of our gardens! Enjoy!

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In 'My Garden', there is a wide range of perennials, bulbs, ferns, shrubs and trees - many of them are very unusual, some are just beautiful garden plants. Perhaps the best description of this garden is that, it is more by accident, a natural, perhaps "wild" garden - a sympathetic marring of the exotic with native species hopefully increasing biodiversity and habitats for wildlife in the local area. It is situated somewhere in North Wales in the United Kingdom. The garden is only quarter of an acre, but part of it is on a steep slope facing south. The sea is just half a mile away. The climate is reasonably mild, on the USDA hardiness zone system (European hardiness zone system z9) this area would be classified as z9 - winter temperatures min. -7° to - 9°C , at worst z8 - winter temperatures min - 12° to -7°C (see page on frost damage). The soil ranges from a woodland loam with an acidic pH of around 5.5-6.0 and on the lower areas there is soil derived from glacial drift with patches of clay in the damper areas. Here the pH varies from 6.0-6.5, almost neutral.

Hopefully biodiversity will be gradually increased by careful management, interplanting native species with garden species which will hopefully co-exist in harmony. Both polecats and badgers are regular visitors. Woodpeckers, bats and jays are resident, overhead the buzzard is often seen and nests nearby. An apiary of two bee hives are well established and a diary of their development is being kept.

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Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'
Rhododendron trichostomum
Fuchsia magellanica 'Riccartonii'
Rhododendron yakushimanum FCC form
Rhododendron oreotrephes

Plant of the Month
2003/4 2005 2006 2007 2008
Fern of the Month
2007 2008

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'A quiet place in a restless world' 'Hafan dawel mewn byd aflonydd'
- Gwenda Williams (glass kindly provided by ).

complete gardens cd
Llanystumdwy Criccieth
and the surrounding area.
This garden is now open (2008) to the public for charity by appointment through the 'Yellow Book', the NGS
'In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams as beautiful.' - Abram l. Urban.

*Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity has given kind permission for this link to be used and can be seen on the web page entitled Action Now for Life on Earth: A Video.

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