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Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 12:29

Thanks folks

Fidget - it is a south facing slope, so gets full sun.  I do find that side drier than the other (there is another border facing it on the other side of the grass path) ....I assume that's the tree roots taking a lot of moisture.

Hollie - the big white blooms are Hydrandgea Annabelle - you can see the faded flowerheads still standing in the first photo (March) ....such a great plant

Maureen - the stone you can see is a sort of retaining wall that OH and my Dad built - the soil is actually a mixture of clay and hundreds of years of fallen leaves.  We mulch it in spring with compost or FYM, and just let the worms do the rest of the work for us. There is a fair bit of weeding to do, even through the mulch.....sheeps sorrel is my nemesis.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 11:33

Thanks Lizzie.  I tried to get them all in one post but lost it all after photo 7.  So played safe on the second attempt

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 10:57




 Now (got some tidying up to do)


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 10:36

One of the great things about this Forum (of which there are many) is that it has encouraged me to take more pictures of my garden than I would ever have thought to before.  Looking back, it seems that one of my borders gets more paparazzi attention than the others I thought you might like to see how it changes through the seasons

March - all cut back and freshly mulched:

 April - tulip and forget me not time:








Posted: 13/12/2015 at 10:16


welcome back Winter - glad its all done, and lovely that you are pleased with the way its turned out.

Decorating the house with tinsel etc today. Need some santa smileys

Will have everything crossed for LilyP and the scan - hope it gives signposts to a good way forward.

Buxus or Taxus?

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 14:41

I agree with Dove ....we planted box edging and are now forever fearful of blight.  If I were starting again I would definitely go for yew

Camera Corner

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 14:38

Gorgeous pics guys.  I went from feeling very cold, to feeling very warm in the space of half a page !  !

.....or maybe I am sickening for something

Plant ID

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 14:36

Can't id it i'm afraid ....but it is beautiful

tastiest cherry tomatoes to grow recommendations?

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 14:33

Having read loads about Sungold, I tried it this year - it did well and was very tasty

Gardeners Delight is a banker for me every year.

Both are hardly adventurous....but I guess they are everyone's favourite for a reason


Posted: 12/12/2015 at 13:13

Lily - as Dove has discovered, Paddy from home is exactly the same as her Ring on a String game .....the only embellishment being that you sing a meaningless ditty whilst you play ("Paddy from home has never been, a railway train hes never seen, he likes to watch the great machines as they travel along the railway").  Its a game that has been passed down from my Grandad's family, and he was Norfolk born and maybe its an East Anglia thing.

Similarly Tippet ....where two teams of 3 or 4 people sit on either side of a dining room table. One team hides a coin in one of the players hands and they then all put their clenched fists on the table - then the other team guesses where the coin is, by choosing hands to take away.  When they think they know where the coin is they "tippet".  You keep score of which ream wins using a pile of matchsticks.

Both came from more simple times ....but if they are only played once a year they still cause quite a giggle.  Tippet, in particular, requires a very good Poker face

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