Monday, October 19, 2015

A Return to Paul's Garden

Autumn is in full swing here and lots of expected changes in the garden are happening. Before we look into these seasonal changes in our garden let us look take you first a month back into Paul's garden first. A fabulous exotic garden that we have featured before and revisited last month as part of our Koi Club day of pond visits.

This bed greets you as you enter his garden from the side entrance, fabulous isn't it?



Then there's the koi pond of course...




Back to the planting, his display this year is just as good, if not notches higher from what he showcased last year.





His main passion of course are cacti and succulents, and there were so many lovely specimens on display.






Echeveria agavoides varieties in one display
This made me smile, a trait shared between Pacific Northwest and Southern/Coastal British garden: Cacti and Ferns growing together:



More beautiful displays...









Aeonium 'Sunburst'
Suffice to say he has an extensive collection of Sempervivums...






A little garden humour never did harm...








The only other thing that stole the show from his fabulous plants and planting is this friendly fella...




Paul's garden is certainly a place we'll be visiting year after year!

Mark :-)

28 comments :

  1. Hi Mark, wow, that is an amazing garden, which surprisingly many plants that would thrive in my Southern California climate as well. The overall impression of this garden is just much more lush, of course. Love the turtle! I can completely understand that you want to visit this garden year after year, I would love to do that, too. Thanks for sharing!
    Christina

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    1. A pleasure Christina :) although if that planting is in your area most of the succulent planting will be permanently outside.

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  2. What fantastic garden ! He must have to dig up a ton of that stuff for winter ?

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    1. He does dig up a lot of it at the end of the summer but whilst out the displays look great :)

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  3. Love the Semps in the triangular beds, and the egg-shaped rock with teeth -- too funny!

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    1. Same here, a made everyone visiting smile!

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  4. It's a fabulous garden and, if you hadn't identified the location, I would have guessed it was in SoCal (except that it looks bigger than most of the gardens here). The Sempervivum collection is larger than any I've seen even in botanical gardens. The tortoise seems unusually tolerant of humans.

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    1. It's a friendly tortoise, amazingly tame :)

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  5. Wow! This garden blew my socks of in your post last year and this year is incredible as well! All of those agaves and other tender succulents/cacti that appear to be growing in the ground are so cool. My back hurts just thinking of hauling that many plants inside for the winter! Love his combination of great plants and garden humor! What a friendly and huge tortoise! Does he have to live inside in the winter as well?

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    1. I think the tortoise has his own home all year round, inside one of the greenhouses which I think i kept heated. Most of the big agaves do stay outside all year round but yes lots of digging involved too!

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  6. Wow, Paul has got it going on! So many amazing specimens and all so well presented.

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    1. Could spend hours poring through his extensive collection!

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  7. It really is an extraordinary garden - and I love the humorous touches.

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  8. Wow, that's a fantastic garden and this is a fantastic blog!

    The garden humour strikes a chord with me and I will endevour to place some humour into our garden without telling my wife. She will love it, and the kids too, once she starts to notice what I am doing.

    Gardening is such a great family activity.

    Anyhow glad to find this blog. Now I'm going to make a cup of tea and read through it. :-)

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  9. Just fabulous! Such a wide range of plants, and so much to enjoy!

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  10. Thank you for sharing with us! Outstanding! I love the plants, the pond and the garden furniture too! What a treat for the neighborhood!

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    1. I can just imagine :) he got it all right!

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  11. This looks like a huge garden! It's so well cared for. And the plant palette is fantastic as well. It's the kind of place I love to explore because there's so much to see.

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    1. We'd love to have a garden at least as big as his :)

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  12. Weird, wonderful, quirky and passionate…I love it!

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  13. a flower garden is nature's palette!

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  14. Wow! impressive garden! I love all the succulents...I suppose the turtle doesn't eat them. I love that turtle too!

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  15. Except for the style of the home and bricks (and the Gunnera), that could be a garden on the California central coast.

    Amazing tortoise, however did he end up in the UK? He (or she) is a very special creature.

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  16. I wasn't sure if that tortoise was real for a minute there! And that is quite the semp collection! Impressive garden.

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  17. Amazing Landscaping Design. I love the plants you used I hope I can do a similar landscaping project like this.

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