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Plants for new border

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 22:13

As I said before, if it's a raised bed filled with good earth and compost it should be fine, especially if you feed and water it when necessary.

I had typed out a long paragraph all about plants before the privet hedge bit, but Internet had been playing up because of a fault in the phone line and it all disappeared. Don't know if I can remember it all now!

Is any of it in shade or will it all be in sun? Will you have shrubs and roses under planted with perennials? I was thinking about plants for winter colour and plants to contrast with the hedge. What about cornus that has brightly coloured stems in winter even though it will lose it's leaves? Or euonymus Silver Queen which would keep it's leaves and show up against the privet? Heucheras come with different coloured leaves, gold, caramel, lime green, dark red and they keep their leaves. There is choisya ternata Sundance with it's golden leaves. You could under plant with bulbs for spring and if you know anyone with too many snowdrops soon it will be time to divide them and replant. Some of these will grow in shade.

What type of peas.

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 19:08

There is nothing to beat a fresh young pea, eaten raw from the pod, you can't experience it unless you grow it. Worth any of the bothers of growing peas. But if you want something with hardly any waste then I recommend mange-tout peas (really good in stir fries) and runner beans.

Plants for new border

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 13:41

I don't think it's as bad as that. Could you move the bed forward a bit, keeping a strip for walking along at the back so that you can cut the hedge easily? If you have already dug the back you could put bark on the walking strip to keep your feet clean. Dig in plenty of compost and well-rotted manure, if you can get it (? local farm, riding stables) as the hedge will steal nutrients. It looks as though your bed is raised, so if it's filled with good soil the hedge shouldn't be a problem.


Posted: 20/02/2014 at 09:48

Happy Birthdays KEF and Pam xx

Good morning all. I didn't see any Spam, must have gone now. What you all need to do is come here later and take it in turns for one person to get up earlier and report it! But I suppose that's hard for those going to work.

Supermarket this morning.

Plants for new border

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 23:37

Not sure that link works. Here's a different one. 

Plants for new border

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 23:34

Have a look at Nandina Domestica, it gets red leaves and has red berries if the summer is warm.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 22:19

It's been very wet, but I'm inland and on the side of a hill. Poor Brittany has had it bad, like Cornwall, and the Var in south France, near the Pyrenees and Atlantic coast have all had problems, flooding and red alerts. But I think the wind has been a lot worse in the UK.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 21:40

I just posted and it didn't work.

Rosie, you sound just like the contact that was needed.

I've been following this thread with interest. I wish I could help, but it's difficult living in SW France.


Posted: 19/02/2014 at 21:15

Back from my meal out at the Hotel School. The theme was apples, except for the soup. Apple, chicory and Roquefort cheese salad, really tender pork with herb crust, potato cake and apple, apple sorbet, tarte Tatin. Each table had it's own apprentice  waiter, ours was sweet and practiced his English on us.

Thanks for the link to Southwold, Dove. Just watched a couple of videos, one about Matt Baker looking at beach huts. My grandmother had one. Apparently they sell now for £50,000 - £120,000! One day I would like to take OH there, we could meet, but won't be this year. Complicated going away and my house sitter is moving back to England. Have to find someone for September when we go to Italy.

OH is still at choir.


Posted: 19/02/2014 at 17:21


Clari, are bosses allowed to stop your holiday? I thought everyone was entitled to a certain amount a year.

Have you been to Venice before, puncdoc? We went in September, it's wonderful, we walked miles exploring and there's so much music and art.

Near the Chilli Festival at West Dean gardens is the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum where they filmed the Monastery Farm series. Worth a visit too and the countryside North of Chichester is glorious.

When Dove mentions Southwold I get a warm and fuzzy feeling! My grandparents used to live there and it brings back happy memories of childhood holidays.

Photos of a restaurant near where we stayed and view of the Rialto Bridge from the waterbus on the Grand Canal. Just to give puncdoc a taste.


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