Posted: 16/03/2015 at 14:32
I too have a large garden and limited finances plus which I'm fed up of spending money on interesting plants that then turn out to be too nesh for the winters here so I now stick to good doers and sow and divide and swap plants.
OH retires next year and we plan to sell up and get somewhere with a smaller, more easily managed garden now rather than waiting till this one gets completely beyond us. I'd also like shorter, drier winters so France is a possibility. The property market there is certainly going through interesting times. Belgium has similar inheritance laws - Napoleonic Code and all - so selling early is probably a good idea for us.
I'm quite enjoying the current format of GW but do wonder at some of the topics chosen and their relevance to the majority of gardeners. Half an hour is too short to please everyone but I feel that that very short time should concentrate the producers' mind better than is currently apparent.
I love hellebores and have loads of creamy, pinky, purpley, black and speckled ones and am waiting to see if I get some good babies but have left them to cross pollinate by themselves.