Large new outdoor c&s project

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Large new outdoor c&s project

Post by Paul in Essex » Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:31 pm

My lockdown project :) The old fella next door died last year and his tumble-down old 20s built house eventually came up for sale. To cut a long story short we decided to buy it, mainly to preserve our tranquil bubble and save it being developed/new build/family from Hell etc.

The house was demolished and I asked for the rubble to be kept and spread over the footprint of the house and a couple of metres to the side. The whole site slopes southwest and in places on the upper slope the rubble is 4ft deep. So what I now have, in effect, is a large, open, sunny slope that - with all that masonry - is going to absolutely bake in summer. High lime content, prefect drainage. To say I am excited by the prospects is an understatement :lol:

I had some potted plants, also - having massively overplanted my existing garden - had loads of plants to transplant. I decided to plant multiples of things I know do well here so have a more limited palette of plants but planting on a bigger scale. I have so far planted/transplanted 40 cacti, 26 agaves, 12 yuccas, 10 nolina and a whole load of Mediterranean type plants. Plus a few experimentals, of course. I am keeping the hard landscaping to a minimum because a/ I like the challenge of letting the plants provide the structure and b/ I haven't got much money left :)

Away from the slope, clearing the neglected and massively overgrown site has been incredibly hard work but huge fun and very rewarding. We have found all kinds of original walls/paths etc including lovely old sundial that hadn't seen the light of day for decades. Dead trees and shrubs, self sown hollies, layered privet, a 40ft Russian vine, brambles as thick as my thumb. You couldn't walk around it at first.

I'll probably show updates of various things depending upon how they get on a grow. But already the first few things seem to revel in the extra light and warmth.
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Re: Large new outdoor c&s project

Post by Stuart » Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:46 pm

Now that's impressive, once you have an idea like that you just have to do it. Looking forward to watching the progress. It won't be long before you get letters like we get that ask if you'd want to sell part of your garden for a building plot!

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Re: Large new outdoor c&s project

Post by Pattock » Tue Jun 22, 2021 6:44 pm

I hope you had a mattock to use for the weed clearance.

Are you going to add an impenetrable hedge? Puya or something worse?
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Re: Large new outdoor c&s project

Post by edds » Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:04 pm

Wow! What an opportunity. Can't wait to see more pictures!
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Re: Large new outdoor c&s project

Post by Paul in Essex » Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:11 pm

Pattock wrote:
Tue Jun 22, 2021 6:44 pm
I hope you had a mattock to use for the weed clearance.

Are you going to add an impenetrable hedge? Puya or something worse?
Luckily we don't need a hedge. The plot is shaped loosely like Tenerife and the only open boundary is down at the narrow bottom, near the airport :) And that will be extra parking space. Yes, an ancient mattock and, yes, it was useful. My best tool, though, is a solid steel trenching spade with the tip sharpened.
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Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:46 pm
Now that's impressive, once you have an idea like that you just have to do it. Looking forward to watching the progress. It won't be long before you get letters like we get that ask if you'd want to sell part of your garden for a building plot!

Stuart
Funnily enough the week we bought it a friend of mine who lives nearby offered me an immediate profit on our outlay as he is looking for somewhere locally to build. It is a good spot - from the top of the plot, slightly to the left of Puerto de la Cruz, there is a rather fabulous location for a mirador with views across the estuary, should we get the funds to do it. Push comes to shove we could always sell it - a better investment than money in the bank - but hopefully nothing catastrophic will force that upon us.
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Re: Large new outdoor c&s project

Post by Paul in Essex » Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:17 pm

edds wrote:
Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:04 pm
Wow! What an opportunity. Can't wait to see more pictures!
Yes, I can still hardly believe it has happened, tbh.

I will update this thread with pics now and then.
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Re: Large new outdoor c&s project

Post by Tina » Tue Jun 22, 2021 9:36 pm

That's a big undertaking, have you got a picture of the old place before it was 'taken down, lots of plants in already , you have been busy
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Re: Large new outdoor c&s project

Post by fero » Tue Jun 22, 2021 9:44 pm

Hi Paul, that is a great bed your making their. New ventures are always exciting.
I thought that puya reminded me of chillyensis. Three flowers very impressive. And a lovely garden you've created.
I'm shore the new one will be just as good,, ( room for another greenhouse :wink:)
I've a few hardy cacti for you to try, as I mentioned before.
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Re: Large new outdoor c&s project

Post by Pattock » Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:24 pm

¿Tenerifito? ¿O Tenerife del Norte?
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Re: Large new outdoor c&s project

Post by Patrick » Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:19 pm

Fantastic Paul, I look forward to seeing how it develops
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