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Houses with lots of land

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 08:35

BL - that's gorgeous and with a proper 'cat slide roof' at the back - and not far from a mainline train station with a half-hourly service to London!

  Properly done the house and the barn would be worth at least a million each, possibly a lot more - if only I was still in the building business (but then I'd still be with the ex )   

We renovated a very similar property not far from there about 30 years ago. 

Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue'

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 08:25

Well, that's exciting news - thanks Nut

Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue'

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 08:22

Last summer I bought a Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue'  for thruppence in the 'nearly dead' section of the local GC.  I've repotted it and it's healthy and destined for the new 'sunny bed' that we're creating.

It's not a plant I've grown before so please tell me what you know about it, how you treat it and how it treats you.

Also, I'm thinking it might look rather splendid associated with a coppiced Cotinus Royal Purple?

What do you think?  Any other suggestions? 

Difficult shady area - ideas?

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 08:10
keenbutgreen wrote (see)

I looooooove roses, Verdun! Even my middle name is Rose... (admittedly, I can't claim responsibility for that...)

That's something you share with Wonky Womble - and that's not her fault either, it's mine

It's her step-daughter's middle name too ... what a lovely coincidence that is as well


Posted: 17/04/2016 at 07:42

I wouldn't plant them out until they've been out for a few nights in a sheltered spot - wait until this frosty spell is over too - but then I think they should be fine - plant them nice and deep and firm them in well and protect them from pigeons, slugs and cabbage white butterflies! 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 07:16

No signs of anything/anyone in there Pat - but no more damage - so far

Growing Ivy

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 07:15

And for permanent planting in containers don't use the ordinary multi-purpose compost - get some John Innes loam-based compost No 3 from a garden centre.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 07:07

Good morning all  G'day Pat

Bright and sunny here but frost on the roofs - not in my back garden thank goodness - on the coldest night of the spring I forgot to bring my tomato seedlings indoors - they're still out in the little greenhouse - but I've checked them and they're fine - Phew!!!

Houses with lots of land

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 06:57

And another

such a pretty place full of potential - but same caveat - get a structural survey.

You'll also need a builder you trust to tell you  roughly how much you're going to have to spend to make it as you want it. 

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