Posted: 16/03/2013 at 21:42
Well you'll never guess where I live!!
We're about 15 miles west of Inverness & near the Moray Firth, about 130' above sea level & being near the coast our weather is far better than inland at such a latitude.
Our house is 2 1/2 years old, developed from a field which was 150+ years ago a massive cattle holding & sale area so perhaps that explains why things grow so well......
The plot is about 50' wide, I'm still trying to work out what to do with the front, I currently have a very small planted patch courtesy of the builders, the rest is grass. At the front we have neighbours & streetlights; at the back we look over a golf course towards a mountain a few miles away. The back garden is about 50' long, & we have a selection of raised (flower) beds, paths, an arch & obelisk - as yet not in position. The back is north-facing, so currently only half sees any sun. The soil is acid & seems to hold moisture, is not a heavy clay, but is exceedingly stony/bouldery. It's not easy to "just push in a few canes"
A single track road runs between us & the golf course so we are very exposed. At the end of the garden is a dyke - drystone wall, only 3' high so it's a bit like a goldfish bowl at times. I'd like to plant a few spikey thinks along the dyke but it has scalpings as foundations just below the grass & don't think anything would grow there.
I spent most of my life in Teddington, Middx on light sandy soil in a narrow SW facing back garden - a real sun trap. Bit different now!!