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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 23:18

I suppose I'd better write what I came here to write, but it is with feelings of sadness.

Been gardening at the Norfolk cottage. Have moved some plants in the front bed. The Bowles Mauve has grown huge and was smothering a Nepeta and a yellow alyssum so I moved them and another plant to places where something else had died in the winter. Planted 3 Osteospermum as the one I had last year was very successful. The soil was very dry, watered it all. There are Spanish bluebells flowering in the gravel in front of the cottage walls. I think there had been beds there before the renovation.

Then I weeded the bank behind the wall and planted 14 rockery plants for well drained sunny places. The violas I planted there last autumn are in full flower so I left them. But there weren't enough plants so we went to 2 GCs, one was the big one at Bressingham, pricier than the other one, and I bought 16 more plants, that should cover it. I'm hoping the bank will become a mound of low growing spreading plants with aubretia, sedums, phlox subulata, creeping thyme and others.

The wall is about 45 inches tall and behind it is a load of rubble and earth, covered with earth, going downhill to the ditch at the edge of the farmer's field. Looked awful, covered in nettles, brambles and bindweed but I sprayed it a lot last year and cleared all the dead stuff and planted the violas in the autumn. Not a sign of brambles or bindweed now, but there were some baby nettles that I weeded out.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 23:16

What sad news, I hadn't seen it as we are on holiday in our Norfolk cottage. I will miss Michael's posts. Thank you for letting us know, Ellen.

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Posted: 06/05/2017 at 23:08

I hope you aren't exhausted in the morning, Dove!

Thank you Topbird about the bark. We are going to the Tesco next to that GC next week to get Marmite, Golden Syrup etc to take back to France. We'll go and have a look then.

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Posted: 06/05/2017 at 20:54

The policewoman asked about her family but she wouldn't say. Not fierce, like Boudicca (I prefer Boadicea), just not good at judging distances and a little confused. I felt rather sorry for her, but cross about my car too.

Thanks about bark. I'll have another look. 

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Posted: 06/05/2017 at 18:57

Hello all, don't think I've posted for a couple of days. Our friends have gone. On Thursday we went to Blickling Hall, gorgeous. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate  On the way home TomTom led us down a narrow lane. An old lady was driving towards us in the middle of the lane and I went up the verge as much as I could and OH shouted at her to stop, which she did. But then she decided to carry on and scraped paint off the rear wing of my brand new red car  She headed for the car behind us with a young couple in it, but the man leapt out and stood in front of it so old lady stopped. The couple lived nearby and said she wasn't fit to drive so the young woman called the police. Then a chap from the National Trust turned up and said the old lady had been driving around the car park at the Hall and narrowly missed other cars and nearly knocked him over and they had reported her. Then a jolly farmer turned up and said he knew her and locals thought she wasn't safe. A lovely lady policeman arrived, took down all the details and took photos of the cars, then we all went home. I have ordered some red paint from the Renault garage in France, the scratch isn't too bad, not dented. Old woman's car was worse.

Today I have been planting up the slope behind the wall with rockery plants. Ran out so we went to 2 GCs and bought some more and had a drink in a pub on the way home. I'd wanted some bark to put on the bank, but English bark is shredded, not at all like French bark which is in pieces like slate chips. I fear it will all blow away in the wind, or slide down the bank, so I didn't get any.

work in progress

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 09:45

Good news about the clematis. Petunia tower should be gorgeous.

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Posted: 04/05/2017 at 10:18

Morning all.

Off to visit a huge stately Norfolk home with our friends. Had a good meal in a local pub last night.

Hiding a wall

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 16:29

Ivy, different sorts, variegated as well as green are available. Honeysuckle, climbing hydrangea (how tall is it?) Or evergreen bushes to plants in front? Holly, of course, Choisya, Eleagnus (Gilt Edge is nice) Is it sunny or shady?

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Posted: 03/05/2017 at 14:28

Moira, thank you for letting us know where Nigel is. It must be so upsetting and worrying for you, but, on the other hand, it is very brave of him. The people of Syria are in such a desperate situation and few people are brave enough to go there to help, but Nigel is your husband and, if I were you, I'd be wishing he would stay at home and not interfere in the wars of other far away countries.

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Posted: 03/05/2017 at 10:31

Obelixx, I saw on other thread about your being kept waiting at the solicitor's. I'm afraid that is fairly normal in France. People joke about it here. Must be something to do with the laid back lifestyle!

Off to the amazing hardware shop in small local town. Wish they had that sort of shop in France.

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