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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 18:41

Have pruned 2 climbing roses, 3 shrub ones and one HT. Cut back a Lagerstromia, 3 Perovskias, 2 Abelias, a small spirea and 2 Caryopteris. Cut down 2 asters, 1 penstemon Husker Red, and 2 heleniums. Trimmed a Cyprus tree.

GW 2015

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 18:36

GW 2015

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 16:39

It's Brahms' birthday too on 7th May.

Tree recommendations for my site please.

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 14:47

Depends how often you water them! In SW France it can get very dry in summer and, especially the crab apples, will need a good soak every week. I have both, but they were planted over 20 years ago so I can't remember.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 13:35

I hope the district nurse manages to sort something out. It sounds an impossible situation.

GW 2015

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 13:22

Obelixx, there was a thread about GW  but there have been a lot of posts since as people tend to post just after the programme.

I do have a big garden, can't get round to all of it, not a millionaire either. I grow seeds, take cuttings and hard landscaping is a thing of the past.

Did hellebore lady earn her living from Hellebores? If so she couldn't have been very rich.

I fell asleep in first one, (tired after being ill then gardening!) but luckily it was repeated so I recorded it, still haven't watched it.

They are always talking about small gardens. Why don't they talk about an ordinary person with a huge garden that they struggle to look after? Can't sell the house for various reasons, some to do with French inheritance laws some to do with impossible French housing market. I do love my garden though. Started planning it in 1990.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 09:25

I've just read Lily's article. That is just what I used to do when I was nursing the elderly. It's not really that hard, no lifting involved and do it slowly and carefully.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 09:23

Could your husband help turn her? Or would it have to be a woman? I think the most important thing is to prevent pressure sores and keep her clean.  Do you have any friends who could help? I note she has an incontinence sheet. Does she wear those nappies for ladies? My Mum found them a great help.

Tree recommendations for my site please.

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 09:18

I think crab apples would be lovely, I often recommend them, blossom in spring and fruit in autumn, but you were asking for something like Monty's pleached limes in the beginning.

Levelling garden and starting from scratch

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 09:13

I think a rotavator would be better than a digger, I use one in my veggie garden, which is well over 200 m2. The only problem is that they tend to chop up perennial weed roots like bindweed so you end up with more weeds if you don't pick them all out.

Woodchips are fine as a mulch to keep weeds down and moisture in but they shouldn't be dug into the soil, especially when fresh. They tie up nitrogen and inhibit natural fungi in the soil which makes it less fertile. That is one reason why they are a weed inhibiting mulch. You can add wood that has been through a shredder to a compost heap to rot down.

We had a firm to level and sow our lawns as the area was over 2000 m2. They rotavated, didn't remove perennial weeds or use weedkiller. With hindsight I think it would have been better if the whole area had been treated with glyphosate and left to die down before the work started. But not everyone wants to use weedkillers.

There is a problem on the site at the moment for photos. Click on the oak tree symbol, upload your photo as instructed, then an error notice in computer speak will appear, just click on OK at the bottom right and it will disappear, then wait. Your photo will eventually appear depending on you internet speed, then click on "save".

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