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  1. Estrella

    Estrella Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi, I've enjoyed gardening for over 35 yrs but I still feel like a novice! My current garden gets a lot of sun and many of the plants have been suffering this summer from scorched leaves in the unaccustomed heatwave. I am referring to plants that I understood were OK in full sun. To protect them, I've bought several large cantilevered garden parasols.

    My front garden faces south, back garden faces north. At the side of the house is the main part of the garden, facing south and north, so it gets sun all day.

    I garden organically and do not use pesticides, fungicides, or weed killers. The feed I use for my plants/shrubs is natural seaweed.

    I am looking forward to being a member of this forum.
     
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      Welcome to Gardeners Corner! Hope you enjoy the friendship , sharing and great sense of humour this community boasts :)
       
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          Hi Estrella, welcome to Gardeners Corner:thumbsup::love30::snorky: My garden is the reverse in aspect to yours in that my front garden faces North and the rear garden faces South....plus I garden on around 350' of pure sand improved with nearly 40 years of added garden and commercial compost. So my plants, mostly hardy perennials, were slow in getting away, but now seem to be racing through their cycle and setting seed early. The only plants I have had to nurture have been my 7 Hydrangeas and they have had to be watered every day. You'll like the Forum as it's members are very friendly and range from the outright beginners to the Specialists.:coffee::snorky:
           
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            Hello @Estrella :sign0016: to GC and nice to have you with us :thumbsup:

            I look forward to seeing you amongst our discussions as we're a friendly bunch :)
             
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              Good morning @Estrella, it`s good to have you on board. You didn`t say where you were based?
              This summer I`ve been really glad of a north facing back garden, and have considered putting up a timber frame in order to fix shading net across the biggest part of the far end of it to block out the fierce sunshine. Here in the Southeast the heat has been relentless.
               
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                Good morning @Estrella my friend and a warm welcome to Gardeners Corner:smile:

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                • Estrella

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                  Many thanks to you all for the friendly welcome.:) This is the first gardening forum I've been a member of, and I reckon I am going to really enjoy the conversations.

                  @Tetters - I am in the South East of the UK, as you are. I agree the sun has been fierce and relentless this summer. I've lived in my current home for 30 yrs and never before had the need to protect my plants from the sun to prevent them from 'frying' in the heat.

                  I am interested in your idea of erecting a timber frame and attaching shading net. I would like to do something similar if I could find a way to incorporate it into the garden so it is not intrusive looking. e.g. perhaps some strategically placed arches.. but not easy as my garden is not large enough to carry any big timber structures.
                   
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                    @Estrella , I made a frame for my fuchsia collection in a previous garden which worked very well with shading net - (the dark green thicker net is best)
                    In a smaller garden, you could use the net quite effectively without a frame - as long as you can find places to fix hooks into. It`s a case of ''using your skill and imagination'' really. Netting is not heavy and so needs little support.
                    Maybe it will be a freezing cold wet summer next year though, and then we won`t need it :snorky:
                     
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