Gardening Grandma

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The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 21:20

Hi, Dove. I quite agree about the lack of depth, but that has to do with the lack of time and it is unsatisfying. It reminds me of the newer methods of schoolteaching where everything is delivered in five-minute nuggets, as though people could not concentrate for longer.

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 21:17

Hi, Gardengirl. Hard to abbreviate your pseudonym without making it exactly like mine - GG. I agree - good programme, but couldn't believe it when it was over! Too short!

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 21:12

I liked his deep-dug paths for drainage, too, and the bricks looked great.

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 21:01

Well, I loved every minute and learnt a lot, especially from Joe. I know how to proceed with my borders now. Rather exciting!

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 20:27

As I write, the first, long-awaited GW starts in a couple of moments. Nobody will bother with this forum while it is on, I imagine, but afterwards I'd be interested to know what people thought of it.

can we start a free plant give away in our local area

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 20:14

Think I might start a thread about gardening clubs....

MOB rants

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 20:12

This thread was meant to be light-hearted with serious moments, so discussing rants is quite in order. It throws light on the truth or otherwise of the rant!

Mossy lawn

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 20:09

moss is a big problem at the moment because of last year's wet summer. Aeration and raking will help a lot, but what we need is a dryer summer and some sun!

Thanks for the tip about lawn sand from Wilko's, Gray. It really appeals to my economical nature.

Suggestions for suitable shrub on a cliff please

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 20:04

Very true about buddleia. I like the idea of species roses, too. To go smaller, I was also wondering about lavender though, if this is really a cliff, then presumably it has to cope with cold, salt winds. The RHS recomend the following for these conditions.

Euonymus japonicus (Japanese spindle) – dense bushy evergreen, good for hedging H 4m (12ft), S 2m (6ft)
Olearia macrodonta
AGM – vigorous, evergreen, daisy-like fragrant flowers in summer, H 6m (20ft), S 5m (15ft)
Rosa rugosa
– vigorous, deciduous, fragrant carmine-red flowers followers, orange-red hips, good for hedges H & S 1-2.5m (3-8ft)
Tamarix tetrandra – arching branches, scale like leaves, pink flowers in late spring, good for poor soils, H & S 3m (10ft)
Hippophae rhamnoides AGM (sea buckthorn) – bushy deciduous shrub/small tree with spiny shoots and silvery to bronze leaves, female plants produce orange fruit, H & S (6m (20ft)
Elaeagnus x ebbingei – dense evergreen shrub with dark or metallic sea-green leaves, H & S 4m (12ft)


MOB rants

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 19:45

Pergolas! Crumbs! I thought that if they were a couple of feet from the boundary, it was your business so long as they didn't exceed something like 6'6". Mind you, mine's a generous 6'6".... but of course, is within the limits!!!  Same for sheds and greenhouses, as long as they are not permanent structures, I thought. Oh well, think I'll carry on thinking that...

I agree, Derek, about the need for someone like Esther Rantzen. Adverse publicity is just what is needed for this kind of jobsworth!

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