Jess is in the Garden

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Another caterpiller to ID

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 08:49

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 18:45

Thanks Lyn, you're a star.

 It's  the old St.Marylebone cemetary in East End Rd, East Finchley, GardenM. Sounds lovely that the new graves were planted with perennials - what a lovely idea.

I'm now worrying that my narcissi and crocuses, plus any poppies that make it, will be destroyed 

I should have gone for snowdrops too....

Maybe I can try to plant as close as possible to the headstone? I like the stone pot idea too, though don't have time to get one before. Friday when I'm due to go. I'll get some cyclamen in a pot instead of cut flowers and put them adjacent to the headstone, I think.

thanks again all x

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 16:39

Hi Pansy, no I think our cemetary, st marylebone in east finchley, is tended, grass mown etc. May leave the machete behind then  They've just told me that unless I have stone 'kerbs' around the grave to demarcate it (which we don't, I've found out), then it ought to be covered in grass By now, if it's abandoned. They look after that to some extent. They've said I'm allowed to remove any grass within the grave area if I want, to get my bulbs in, but that the grass mower man will go over in spring so not to plant and perennials. they actually suggested bulbs. I hope they won't mow my tulips etc when they're giving it the once over in April though 

Thanks everyone xx 

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 15:29

Thank Lyn, very helpful. 

How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 15:01

No house plants as such, but a rose belonging to my grandmother, which she had since the 60s, in a pot on her baking hot balcony in Milan. After she passed away, the rise was taken to the south of France, where it was planted out in the ground of our garden. It's very happy there now in its new home and grows to six feet every year, with the most amazing pink flowers 

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:47

 Dove, that sounds idyllic, not fussy at all.


now primroses I like the idea of too...good cover with all their leaves, for when bulb leaves are dying back.

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:46

Any thoughts on whether I'm ok to scatter poppy seeds now? Will they take next year if I do it this week?

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:44

Thanks everyone for your ideas. I've been told over the phone that the plot is fairly open and exposed. It's in North London, so not too cold. Hadn't thought about geraniums obelixx, that's a good idea to cover bulb leaves. Wonder if it'll cope potentially being in bright sun with no watering...fuchsia a great idea. Hadn't realised they were so low maintenance wither.that's a lovely story Busy Lizzie 

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:11

That's a good one pansy, thank you.

Manages with very little care or watering.

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:09

That's my favourite too 

Git in touch with cemetary and her grave is raised up slightly, so apparently no problem to sow or plant in it. Yay!

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