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Front Garden Borders -a blank canvas

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 21:47

You can lift our turves with a spade to make the borders wider, but B3's plan of marking out with a hose pipe is a good one, or you can use a bottle of sand.

It rather depends what you want to plant. Plants grown in pots and sold in garden centres can be planted any time. If you want bulbs it is almost daffodil planting time, tulips in November. Then plant perennials in between. Pansies and violas should be in garden centres now or soon. Good for edging.

The orange flower is red hot poker or Kniphofia.

I think your soil could be on the acid side as it looks as though there are azaleas and rhododendrons, but you can buy a soil testing kit in a garden centre. Make sure you use demineralised water for accurate readings.

Dead heading is right. They will need proper pruning in March, you can look it up on Google. But gardening books are good to read in winter.


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 21:11

We had our evening meal outside in a thunderstorm. OH has roofed the place we sit on the terrace. But the wind did get a bit scarey and tried to blow our wineglasses away.

I saw that link to Monty Don talking about English gardeners. I think a lot of the reason why the English are the best gardeners is because the English weather is right for gardens. Here in SW France heat, drought and extreme winter cold and wet make gardening very difficult.


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 16:14

RB I expect your hair will be fine. I often cut mine (with the use of mirror wardrobe doors) because I hate hairdressers touching my head, even when I haven't got shingles.

My MIL was lovely, too. Sadly she died aged 61, younger than me now.

Been to see my horse, she looks fine, has new friends in the field.


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 12:20

When I was in Crete years ago with first OH there were little stalls selling freshly BBQ'd lamb and thyme shish kebabs.  Some were in quite out of the way places!

Hope you enjoy coffee Womble. I'm having lunch, after 1pm here.


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:50

We are getting excited too, Dove, just downloaded our boarding passes for Sicily.

Hosta, I'd rather have kebab than Chorizo. Was that Doner or meat on a stick?

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 08:54


Am loving my Lady Emma Hamilton at the moment, has flowered several times this year, smells gorgeous.



Posted: 31/08/2015 at 08:11

Morning all. Going to see my horse that I lent to a 16 year old girl today.

DD, if the party is on Saturday it won't be the holidays, back to school tomorrow.


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:46

No cake. Bakewell tart, lemon meringue pie, Eton mess, plum tart, and a big bowl of crème caramel. Raised nearly 300€ after expenses.

ID anyone - please.

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:39

I think it is Vitex Agnus Castus. I have one. Prune it like a buddlea, hard in March. Likes warmth.


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:19

What a gorgeous view in Fairy's photo.

I seem to have missed a lot of fun chat this evening. BBQ went well. 31 came, had good helpers. They all ate 18 large marinaded chicken breasts (which I'd divided into 2 or 3 pieces), 48 sausages and 18 burgers, loads of salad, lots of cheese, 5 baguettes and 5 puds each of which was enough for 8 people (or so I thought)! I'd bought 3 x 3L of red, white and rosé, almost all drunk. Wonder who drove home!

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