Posted: 21/05/2014 at 10:59
Artjak, My Father moved things all the time as he gardened on a rotation basis, each year permanent plants or some of them would be moved as he prepared the soil for the rotation it would go:- Right Son prepare the hole for this plant there, I would dig out the new hole mix in plenty of well rotted compost from the midden and then we wou;ld dig well away from the root ball and with spade or fork would gently ease the root ball free. It would go onto a potato sack back then be carried to the new position and planted firmly well watered in and watered daily after, we got used to moving things and I never knew him lose anything. The Geum was moved from back to front then each side of the house, it just sulked, on its last move I told it, thrive or the compost and it is glorious at this moment. The Deutzia was in full sun and hated it so got moved to shade and hated it the final move part sun part shade is what it wanted and looks like a bridal gown as I look up the garden.
Verdun I could see your garden as you described it and as we are also on a hill near the North East Coast I know the salt problem, quite often we can taste the salt in the sea mist that turns to sunshine half a mile behind me.
Most of my early gardens were vegetable for the simple reason I was away a lot, over the years I did the Modern touch everything new, Roses with no scent, bedding add nausium flowers that were here and gone because the position or weather did not suit them until retirement and a good old sort out. My Daughter has gone all minimal and I will not let her touch my garden, maximum use of every space plus pots galore.
The gardens reflect out souls, we become part of it knowing the plants as we would old and trusted friends, our own Eden on earth what could be better.