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Posted: 14/11/2013 at 08:53

Morning all. Going out in a minute, Chichester.


Posted: 13/11/2013 at 23:25

It was a nice day today, went shopping for C pressies for OH's daughter and grandchildren.

Was hoping to meet potty gardener at GC, but I wasn't able to give her any notice and didn't manage to contact her.

Tomorrow we are going to the Weald and Downland Museum where the Tudor Monastery Farm was filmed. Then we are going to look round Chichester, then see King Lear at the theatre.


Posted: 12/11/2013 at 23:17

Busy day today seeing family and old friends. Really strange, haven't seen my brother for over a year and he went to Portugal for work, we drove through a town in East Sussex where our mother lived (she died 19 months ago) and there was my brother on the pavement! So we went to a pub for lunch and to catch up on our news.

Hope all is well Stacey and you enjoyed the Chinese meal. We had Chinese tonight with OH's daughter and SIL.


Posted: 11/11/2013 at 19:31

Got Christmas smileys at last. Didn't have them in France yesterday morning.


Posted: 11/11/2013 at 19:30

Hello all. I'm in England now, but OH has a horrid cold, he's in bed having a snooze. We were in the Arnedale shopping centre in Eastbourne at 11am. There was a row of old soldiers with flags and the Mayor and his wife were there and a soldier played the Last Post. We had the 2 mins silence and I found it very moving. I thought of those who lost their loved ones in the war, like my grandmother who lost a fiancé and a brother. But years later she met my grandfather.

But I was surprised by shoppers who pushed past the silent crowd as though nothing was happening.


Posted: 09/11/2013 at 17:19

Thank you Chicky. Sounds good.

Climbing Rose

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 14:48

Love all that trellis, chicky, so inviting to grow stuff up and the pergola must look superb when the roses are out. I have the shrub Constance Spry and the climber New Dawn. But the New Dawn gets a lot of black spot and isn't doing as well as it should. But it is about 20 years old.


Posted: 09/11/2013 at 14:43

Good luck for Tuesday Stacey.Is this one at Charing X too? Lets hope it's not the same staff but nicer ones.

Has anyone been to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum? It will be on TV on Wednesday in the Monastery Garden programme. We are hoping to visit it and West Dean Gardens when we are in England next week. Hope it doesn't rain. Pouring here now as usual.

Could do with a muffin Matty. They look good.


Posted: 09/11/2013 at 10:00

Morning all.

KEF - take care of that ear, don't delay going to the doc if it hurts.

Does any one remember LilyLouise (Pam) who posted here quite often? Her garden was in the yellow book, NGS. She showed it to me when we were in England. Anyway, she is going to be on that new TV gardening series, December I think, with Christine Walkden.

Planting Decisions

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 09:51

Verdun has just written the next bit I was going to say! It was getting late last night and I didn't want to write too much at once.

Knowing your soil is important, some plants, such as azaleas, like acid soil, others prefer alkaline. Some hate clay (clay can be improved with compost) and some hate light and sandy. You are lucky if you have loam. Same applies for sun or shade. Sun and shade can be interesting to plan, woodland type plants for shade, colourful flowers in sun. Gives your garden character. You can create shade by planting trees or use one side of the fence, but trees give dappled shade. The fence will give solid shade but may be sunny in morning or afternoon.

Make sure you remove the bramble roots. They can be a real nuisance when they grow up in the middle of a shrub. But sometimes I think that is because a bird has sat in the shrub and dropped or pooed the seeds. Also ivy can be a nuisance when it grows up your fence where you didn't want it. But ivy in the right place is lovely for the birds.

You may already know all that, but it can be more complicated than one thinks planning a new garden! But it's fun.

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