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building houses on green belt land

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 17:15

In our village the builders have built an estate with more houses than the original village - the houses front straight onto the roads which are very narrow so pedestrians and vehicles share the space and each house is allocated one parking space where there are usually two working adults each with a they park on the narrow road leaving little room for a fire engine to pass if needed.  At the planning stage they applied to build a quarter of the number they ended up with, and local people wanted family homes with gardens so we got - guess what - three storey blocks of flats which are mainly owned as investment properties and rented out.

City of trees?  Well there were lots of trees originally, but that concept is long past and its more a case of "how many units can you cram into this space"  and to h*** with quality of living.

When you cram people into a small space you create problems as youngsters have nowhere to go except to the pub, or to take their cans into the local playpark.

Have we learned nothing from past mistakes?  Profit comes before absolutely everything else.

Blooms in November

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 17:00

Verdun - I'm not sure it was the roses themselves Christopher Lloyd disliked, I thought it was just the formal rose garden he inherited with the house that he thought was such an awful waste of space.

I still have one or two isolated roses in flower, but I have been cutting back to prevent wind rock so probably lost anything that might have come.

Pittosporum from seed

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 13:26

what kind of pittosporum?

the one I have in the Languedoc selfseeds readily - it has leaves a bit like a smaller rhododendron and wonderful creamy heavily scented flowers. 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 22:49

I'd love to try growing some interesting sages (only have the bronze leaved herby one and one that is a bit rampant and wild) - anyone got any seed to spare?

where have all the avatars gone?

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 11:04

After struggling tyo work out how to get an avatar for myself - the last few days all; the avatars have disappeared.

Forum manager - please bring them back, we miss them.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 11:00

Hello Susan - sadly I no longer have my white one and can't remember it's name for the moment (possibly Marie Boisselot or something like that) but you are right, it was a big blousy beauty and wonderful at night when being white it was highly visible.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 10:08

just been out to photo the clematis - the first is the President, the second Ernest Markham but I think they are both more strongly coloured earlier in the year. Regarding a dark red - Niobe does very well for me against a wall (last picture).




Weed or flower?

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 17:13

you'd soon know if they were macrorhisum - usually pale pink flowers and  the leaves have a very pungent smell and they spread by surface rhizomes.  It comes into its own around this time as it has the most beautiful autumn  foliage.

I also have hellebores around the base of an apple tree - they self seed prolifically and if you opt for ajuga (bugle) you could mix it with London Pride (I'm sure somebody else will remember it's latin name).

That's a very colourful display of what you have got - lovely.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 17:06

looks a bit like The President LP - I have flowers on that too, but without a close-up it's hard to identify.  I'm a bit sad that because I did not trim three plants hard enough last year they were straggly at the base and only flowered high up, so I have already cut them hard back.  Never mind - bet I get a good show next year.

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 07:35

naughty Verdun - you just needed to sprinkle the petals onto a salad

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