Posted: 07/10/2014 at 10:52
Liri, I haven't experienced much in the way of climate differences and when I was in driest Essex I doubt if I knew any different as that was the garden I cut my teeth on.
Main difference has been in soil. Always alkaline but varied from stiff clay in Sussex ( brick making became a sideline) to relatively light here. Even that can be a b****** to dig at times of drought. Not very good for roses but some seem happy enough.
My soil and clime are relatively benign so I haven't had the challenges you have faced and don't know how, or if I would have coped. I always think gardening is 70% motivation, 20% knowledge and 10% luck. Not forgetting 15% perspiration too. Never was any good at sums.