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We have 2 x 20m long x 1.5m high limestone bunds from the swimming pool spoil and cannot be strimmed or fly mowed as stones will break glass in the Abri. Any ideas for ground coverage which won't break the bank? No top soil to speak of. Situated in Maine et Loire. Thank you.
artjak

I see loads of people have looked at your posting, so I will be the brave one; what are bunds, and what is an Abri?

nutcutlet

I know what bunds are, I live surrounded by gravel diggings. They're the long heaps of soil removed from the hole.  Abri not in my vocabulary.

I'd throw wildflower seed mix suitable for limestone areas and see what germinates. I might try and landscape it  to make it look more natural first

Abri is a fixed cover for a pool. Good idea about the wild flowers, cowslips and lizard orchids grow naturally on the road sides here. The bund also provides privacy from the lane (although only about 2 tractors a day go by) and an extra wall to the sheep fields so cannot really landscape, just use on its natural state. Will definitely check out wild flowers though, thanks.

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artjak

Dove, that sounds like a fabulous place to visit

Dovefromabove

It is magical Artjak - I love it - there is nothing there but the landscape and the plants. Oh, and apparently nightingales visit in the summer.

And when you visit you can imagine the stone being hewn from there to build all the little cottages locally - my mother in law's home is built of Barnack stone.  

Thanks, will definitely look up the site.
nutcutlet

I live about 15 miles from Barnack and I've never been to Hills and Holes. It's on the list though. Next spring/summer maybe

Dovefromabove

Go when the Pasque flowers are in bloom, late April early May - so special  then go again a bit later on, to see the orchids 

nutcutlet

Good idea Dove. There were Pasque flowers on Royston Heath when I was a kid (probably a housing estate now) my mum took me on the bus  to see them. 

 

Dovefromabove

That's my part of the country Nut, I was born at Hitchin, Pa grew up at Guilden Morden, we lived at Flitwick. 

nutcutlet

I didn't realise that was your patch Dove. I'm from Cambridge.

Dovefromabove

Well, we moved to Suffolk when I was little, but it's an important part of the world to me - it's where Pa spent his boyhood and where all his stories come from, and where all my earliest memories are from 

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