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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.

Climbing Rose

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 23:25

Constance Spry, although spectacular and perfumed, only flowers once. David Austin have developed new varieties from it which repeat flower and are more disease resistant. Gertrude Jekyll, the climbing version, is a good one.

Planting Decisions

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 23:07

Unless you are familiar with what you are planting, I think it is best to make a plan because when you buy the plants you may think "Oh this shrub looks big and healthy so I'll put it behind that little one". Then you may find that the big one will be smaller than the little one when they mature!

See if you can find pictures on Google of what you choose, or buy a good gardening book with pictures and advice.

If you can run to some trellis, or you could use metal eyes and wire, that fence looks as though it would look good with a few climbers, like clematis.

Make sure the ground is well prepared before planting, add rotted manure or compost if possible. Don't make narrow little beds around the edges, generous curves would be better, then you could have shrubs with perennials and bulbs in front.

Will you have a path? Best not skinny and straight and best if it actually goes somewhere, like to a seating area.

Climbing plants

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 22:56

I have clematis and small climbing roses in tubs, but they need regular feeding and lots of water. Have a look at this site for clematis.

I have Phyllis Bide in a large tub from David Austin roses.

I also have Trachelospermum Jasminoides in a tub, Star Jasmine.


Climbing Rose

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 22:42

Oh bother, that link didn't show the photos, but you should be able to find them in it. Here is Falstaff, wonder if the photo will work.

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