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Memories of your childhood gardens

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 13:18

So was I, Posy.

The first garden I remember was in a Surrey town. The garage was on the left as you faced the garden and there were raspberries growing by it. Lawn in front of the house, then a low wall with aubretia, then a row of apple trees, more lawn on right, veg garden on left. My sandpit at the end of the veg garden. At the end was a greenhouse on the left and a shed on the right. Between the 2 was a blackberry bush growing up the brick wall. I was sick from eating too many blackberries when I was about 3. In front of the wall was a patch of grass where our 2 tortoises lived.

The front garden had a large messy bed full of calendulas. My mother just let them get on with it. She always preferred growing vegetables.

There must have been roses, in the front, I think, because when horses went by, there was a racing stables, my father used to rush out with a shovel to put the droppings on the compost heap for his roses. There were trade people's horse and carts too, but I can't remember what. I loved horses.

When I was 11 and my parents had 6 children, 2 pairs of twins, we moved to an old farmhouse in the country with a bigger garden. My mother still grew veg and my father had a rose garden with brick pillars with roses climbing up them and roses on formal beds. There was a big shrub bed at the side. Mum used to moan about the ground elder in it and sometimes a man came to dig it out. There was a big flower bed, usually full of weeds, but flowers grew too. Also a fruit cage, we kept our guinea pigs in it as it was properly fenced and netted. That was kept much tidier than the flowers!

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 11:58

It's pre-school so 2 1/2 - 5 yr olds, but I expect the teacher will do the cooking and the children will stir. Pancakes too.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 10:52

-4° and cloudy yesterday morning, afternoon sun appeared but it only got to 1°.

This morning -9°, blue sky.


Re-Felting Shed Roofs.

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 10:35

Half the felting on my OH's shed roof blew off and tore in gales over a year ago. The felting came with the shed bought here in France. But we couldn't find roof felt for sale anywhere. So we replaced it with sheet metal roofing stuff. Wouldn't have suited the curves of a tea house though.

Which seasons do the following plants grow?

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 10:21

Where do you live, Deana?

This should answer your questions about what grows in woodland. The Woodland Trust is a charity that helps look after English woodland. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/trees-woods-and-wildlife/plants-and-fungi/woodland-wildflowers/ 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 10:04

Morning all. -9° this morning, frost, forecast says strong winds are coming and then it will rain and be much warmer.

Going to see small grandsons this afternoon. 2yr old will be cake making at nursery and parents are invited for tea, but my son and DIL work so I will go instead. Their Nanny will stay with the 1yr old as he has a sleep in the afternoon.

Resurrected Six

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 09:59

Morning all. -9°, frosty. Going to see little grandsons this afternoon.

Resurrected Six

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 18:16

I am hopeless at filing, 2 years behind, hate it, but the study is freezing cold. I know where it all is. When my father was boss of a large company he used the floor at his filing cabinet. Filed in yearly piles, he could find anything!

Identify please

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 16:33

I looked at the photo and was going to say the same as Berghill, then I saw Berghill's answer.

Hedging advice/suggestions

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 16:32

I have a copper beech tree and a hornbeam hedge. The tree has grown quite big, I have not heard of it used as hedging. The hornbeam grows wild in poor limestone ground here and my hedge is quite easy to keep narrow - the deer prune it!

But I agree with Hogweed. The shed is not bad looking, paint it a nice colour and grow something like a multi-stemmed amalanchier or a crab apple with pretty blossom and fruit in front of it and let the shed show through. I think a hedge would look a bit heavy. Otherwise, do what my OH has done, paint the shed, and attach wires to the shed wall and grow clematis Montana on it.

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