Gardening Grandma

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Posted: 01/03/2013 at 10:23

Hi, Bunny. Liked your pictures on Fork Handles. Here is a link that might be helpful, since there are early and late-flowering spiraeas.


Fork Handles

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 10:17

I've been hesitant to get on this thread because it has been going for so long and it is impossible to read what has gone before (unless you haven't got a life). However, it is St David's Day and I am Welsh. Well, Wenglish. So Hapus Dydd Gwyl Dewi. (In case any particularly patient person wants to know, that's Happis deeth gooil dehwy). 

Plant suggestions to cover an arch

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 09:52

I have a similar problem at the bottom of my garden since we reclaimed a bit of land next to the summerhouse. I've been researching this and found the following advice from the RHS. It is from

They say that (among others) the following plants are good for shade.

'Clematis alpina, C. macropetala, C. montana, C. Jackmanii Group: Deciduous; flowers variable according to species or cultivar; 2-7m (6-22ft)
Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’ AGM or L. periclymenum cultivars (honeysuckle): Semi-evergreen or deciduous; flowers, sometimes fragrant, from spring to late summer in white, yellow or pinky-red; 10m (30ft)'

Obvously, one would have to choose the smaller among these, or be prepared to do some hard pruning. Type of soil is also an issue.

In general, clematis (as you probably knkow) like their feet in shade and their tops in sun, and some actually fade in sunlight, so there are others not mentioned in this list that would be good. I have foiund, though, that you don't get much of a display on an arch unless you put in more than one of the less rampant clematis.

planting on verge.

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 09:39

Quite right! It is benefitting the entire neighbourhood.

allotment vandalism !!

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 08:05

My husband wants your address!  One dog is female and sweet and the other is male and an utter pest but very funny. I've told my husband, get rid of the dogs and you get rid of me, and he's thinking it over!

sea holly

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 07:57

Thanks for that recommendation, Verdun. I've not been pleased with the Sea Hollies I've had so far - taken up too much room for their decorative value. I,too, am suspicious of bare root plants, though I understand that those from Toby Buckland are good.

Reference Index for GW magazine

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 07:46

Me too! Maybe this is one for the Insiders group.

Things you did in the garden as a kid which were extremely bad!

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 07:38

Yes. I remember a group of us taking jam sandwiches and a bottle of water and going to the sand dunes three miles away and staying all day. I also remember my brother being with us on his scooter, so he lust have been below school age. Nobody worried. If my mother wanted us, she would send the dog with a note pinned to his collar.

MOB rants

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 07:31

Karen, this is also happening to my sister in law.  Horrid! The development at the bottom of my garden is from the 1950s. Whoever owned my bungalow at the time sold off the end of the garden!!! That's why it is small. This bungalow was supposed to be our retirement home, suitable for our old age, so we bought it opposite my son and grandchildren and chose a suitably stairless home with a small garden. Since then, my son has moved away, we've had to put in stairs and an upstairs bedroom to help accommodate the five of them when they come to stay and the size gets on my nerves!  Especially the garden!

It is quite nice really, Just moaning!

MOB rants

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 07:22

Sorry, Frank!! You are right - I got muddled. You are right about cheeky Welsh humour - that's a good way to put it.

Oh Brummie, that is rather touching (even though your wife is not W elsh!) It is a mistake to try to lump Welsh girls together, too, because there are different cultures in Wales like everywhere else - valley culture, Vale of Glamorgan posh, etc.  All good, all different.

Sue, you reveal the other side of the picture. Perhaps receptionists get defensive because some people are rude and then come across as rude themselves - or some of them, anyway.

As for the behaviour of those darling children, Chica, I can speak from my lifetime as a teacher. Write to the Head, giving dates and instances. Say roughly how many children are involved. Unless she is useless, she will do something. There are teachers on duty at lunchtime who could patrol that part of the field and if necessary, they could even make it out of bounds. Children who are little angels at home sometimes turn into little when they are unsupervised and feel they can get away with giving cheek to a stranger. If you still get trouble, the school should have a photograph of evey child and you could go there and identify them. Get the school on your side by being firm but utterly charming to the head and senior staff and let them know that you have entire confidence in their ability to deal swith this. (Yes, I know...) If you don't get satisfaction, try writing to the chairman of the governors or the Director of Education. Be charming at all times - you don't want to be categorised as a difficult person making a fuss about nothing. If you shout at the kids, you could provoke them to a trial of strength - children only obey someone they know has authority and with whom they are in a relationship like teacher/pupil (mpost of the time).

I could now engage in a rant about thew bahaviour of children. Believe me, I am tempted.

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