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Planting ideas for a war memorial

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 07:53

Yes, that is the right pic, including the socking great tree! Thanks so much for all your splendid ideas, MuddleUp. Will put them all forward to the volunteers, I particularly like rosemary for remembrance. 

I'm still feeling absolutely dreadful, so please forgive the short reply. Feel nauseous and as weak as a kitten. Worst bit is boredom, I can't do anything and it's driving me crazy!

Planting ideas for a war memorial

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 20:36

Hi MuddleUp, first, many thanks for your interest in our project, and let me apologise for my tardy reply. I've been laid low by a horrible stomach virus and horrendous cough, feel dreadful and have barely looked at my iPad last few days. 

Currently the memorial is mostly covered with crazy paving, some of which we've removed round the edges to make wider borders, of which there are only two but quite long. We've been donated some good topsoil, so that should be fine. There is one planter, not very big. We were going to add more planters, but there's a spanner in the works as it turns out the council are going to do a £90K refurb on the memorial in 2018, with the help of lottery funding. Which is great, but they've asked us to scale back our plans till the work is complete, as it would be money wasted. So we're just concentrating on getting it looking good for Malton in Bloom this year, then we'lol think about more permanent planting after 2018.

The overall scheme will be red, with touches of other subtle colours from things like verbena bonariensis, and clipped box shapes to provide the 'bones' of the scheme. Apparently quite a lot of points are gained for being wildlife friendly, so any ideas you might have on that front would be most welcome!

yes there are volunteers, two of us plus the local Cadets have volunteered to do heavy work. Yes it does need to be low maintenance as there's no access to water nearby. And there is a limited budget, though local garden centres etc have been very generous in providing us with plants. Oh, and did I mention there's a socking great tree in the middle of the memorial site? Could give us shade problems in summer. Wish I could send you a photo but I don't have a smart phone and can't get to the site anyway as bed-ridden!

Planting ideas for a war memorial

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 13:51

with Britain in Bloom in mind, I've volunteered to help restore and replant our local war memorial in Malton, north Yorks. We'd be grateful for any planting ideas you guys might have. the memorial is situated on a mound, bordered with low stone walls, so there's potential for lots of trailing plants. 

We were thinking of a colour scheme of red white and blue, plus box to give structure, and possibly Peace roses. So fiels poppies, geraniums, nasturtiums and lobelia will come into play, but if anyone can suggest any more imaginative planting, fire away! 

Best climbing rose?

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 14:34

Ah yes! New Dawn is rather lovely. Will put that on my list of possible, thanks.

Best climbing rose?

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 08:15

Thanks, obelixx. As it happens I have Generous Gardener on the north facing wall of my house. Maybe not the ideal spot (though I did lots of research before buying) as the blooms, though lovely, tend to be a bit 'flollopy' lower down; better and more open near the top. I used a proprietary rose feed this year, will take your advice and give it a good mulch in autumn.

Best climbing rose?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 19:39

I love David Austin roses but not all of them do well on my rather dry soil. The ones that do have such gorgeous, heavy blooms that they tend to hang down on their rather spindly stems! Can anyone recommend a rose that's suitable for a west facing 6ft high fence (north facing garden). Preferably pale pink or peachy coloured, and scent is really important! 

Rounding up the slugs

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 07:30

I find early morning and near dusk are the best times to go slug hunting. I thought I'd found loads using the manual method, but having resorted to judicious use of non-methaldeyhide pellets I'm amazed at how many more there are. I guess they live in the soil and emerge when we're not looking? It's a good idea to sprinkle the pellets not just around precious plants but also in the dark, dank places where they hide, like under hedges, plant pots and so on.

Rounding up the slugs

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 09:01

Sorry, pressed send button by mistake. Hope the frogs don't eat the poisoned slugs. Main thing to worry about is dogs, they really are dumb enough to eat slug pellets. Apparently one pellet per square yard is enough to be effective, no need to chuck them around in great piles like some of the old boys down at the allotment do...

Rounding up the slugs

Posted: 18/06/2016 at 08:57

Aym280, I'm glad it's not just me that's been plagued with SSs this year. Couple of weeks back, it was so bad with black slugs, it was like The Birds, only with...slugs. Tried dropping them into a bucket of salty water, won't do that again, it doesn't kill them instantly, some were crawling out the bucket. Then there's the disgusting remains to dispose of... Have gone back to stamping on any snails I find, always say sorry as I do so 😇 and black slugs I chop in half. Plus using these amazing slug pellets, sparingly and judiciously. Weirdly, next morning I find other slugs apparently eating the slimy remains. Eugh, this all getting too grisly, not to mention time consuming. I too agree that nematodes are the best solution, a friend used them last year and has seen very few SSs since. They are expensive though, when you have a big garden to cover.

I've never seen birds eat slugs, dead or alive. I've seen little toads in my garden tho', hope 

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Rounding up the slugs

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 19:04

I've killed so many slugs and snails in my garden this year (especially since I discovered slug pellets called Eraza - OMG, there's piles of bodies everywhere!) that I'm actually starting to feel pangs of guilt! Everything in nature has a purpose, so I'm just waiting for Chris Packham or someone of that ilk to tell me that slugs and snails are good for the soil ecology or something...

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