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Designing a Garden Centre from scratch

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 17:51

But Jontydoggle had that idea on the previous page. I think it's a great idea.

I would like a good choice of healthy plants at reasonable prices, tools, equipement, fertilisers, weedkillers etc a good coffee shop and a nice clean loo.

What is this?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 17:43

Sorry, don't know. But photos are a bit small and don't enlarge when clicked on. I've replied to push you up to the beginning - someone may have an idea.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 17:40

Lucky you. Hope you have a good day. Send some photos please!


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 17:38

You can use a bit of wood ash,apparently it's good for raspberries too, but tomatoes will need tomato fertiliser as well, more balanced for them.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 17:34

Keen your hostas look great. Do you have any advice about slugs?

My robinias flower better some years than others.

I haven't written a book. Don't think I could sit that long! I may write more today than usual because I have pulled a muscle in my back.

What is it?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 17:27

It's quite pretty in a vase and lasts a long time.

Hello :)

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 17:23

Hello Addict and Susan. I live in Dordogne, France. I have a bit over an acre of garden with perennials, annuals, shrubs and roses and a veggie garden, also a deer problem. Deer like roses and a lot else!

Just back from England. Met Bev in a garden centre, lovely to meet her.

I wish I was 27, but my daughter is 37!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 16:57

I think gardening and talking about it help many of us on here. Nearly 15 years ago my husband died (some of you may know already) leaving me with 3 children at university and 1 at school, I was 47. We were living here in France. I was like a zombie the first year and for 2 or 3 years I neglected the garden. Then I became interested again. One thing that helped as well was my mad horse, Hannah, who I don't ride any more because I don't want to die anymore! She's lovely and affectionate but terrified riding out.

I never really wanted to live in France, I love England and all my friends and family were there, but I've grown to love France too. I'm very lucky, I met a lovely man 3 years ago and I have a lovely house and garden, but I'm still homesick for England, which is why we go there on holiday, also we visit friends and family of course.

Anyway, it's good to write to people who like gardens too and to exchange views. The French aren't quite the same and the language, although I'm fairly fluent does make a barrier. So thank you everyone for being there.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 15:27

I won't cut hard at the moment as the top half is fine and she's need her leaves for nourishment.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 15:25

It's funny the way some plants go for a walk around the garden to find where they would rather be! My Phlomis Russeliana has done that, but I'm happy with where it's decided to go. The other place was getting too shady where a tree has grown. Planning on putting Hostas and Epimedium there next March/April. My Monardas sometimes disappear only to pop up again another year. My autumn raspberries go walkabout too, so the veggie garden is sometimes planned around them.

My Madonna lilies were magnificent for 2 years, then the dreaded lily beetle arrived. I often can't find the beetles, I know they drop off when disturbed, but the lilies are eaten.

Don't know Haquetia, see it likes moisture, which you must have as you tried Gunnera and Tricyrtis. I have Tricyrtis is a shady damp place, but the deer have discovered it so that's probably the end of it. I lack damp, shady places. With beds above walls and the normal Dordogne summer my garden tends to be warm and well drained. This summer warmth hasn't happened yet!

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