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What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 11:11

You should definitely go Wonky.   I dragged OH off to Hyde Hall and Beth Chatto's last year after a day at the Chelsea flower show.   We both loved BC's gravel garden which is flat and manages to be lush with foliage and colour but not so much the one at HH as it is a mound with great rocks all over the place and lots of acid yellow.  Our gravelled area is flat.

It already has an oval bed around an albizia julibrissin that we have cleared of crud including landscape fabric and rocks, piled on 10 bags of compost and planted up with bulbs and some perennials.   There is a smaller bed witha  lilac tree that has just had the same treatment.   The rest of the area has to wait till some building work has been done but I have found both autumn and spring daffs growing in it so they need rescuing.

I have a picture in my head but do try and draw things to scale.  For the veg plot, I'm playing with Sutton's vegetable planner software as it will be raised beds with grass paths.

There's an entry charge for BC's garden but you can also by a season ticket which may be worth thinking about if it's near enough to go a few times and see it through the seasons.

May 2016 - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160527%20Beth%20Chatto%20-%20Essex?sort=2&page=1 


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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 11:05

Glad that new ways of thinking are helping Pat.   I think we all need that or we get stuck in a groove, even for every day stuff, so it must be a boon when you have real troubles to get thru.

Plan A today was get washed and dressed while OH walked the dogs and then head off out to explore and have lunch as soon as he was sluiced.   However, Possum was only just starting her morning exercise routine and has has only just got out of the shower so plan B is brunch at home and then explore.    She'll just have to video my "restaurant" instead.


What plans or changes do you have for your garden this year?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 10:03

Pergola sounds good Wonky.  You could grow grapes across it if the aspect is right or maybe perfumed roses and honeysuckle and go all romantic.

Pretty well a blank canvas here which will take years of fun to sort out.   Plans include a potager to be almost self sufficient in fruit and veg and cut flowers; a fenced, courtyard garden with perfumed plants and winter interest; a gravel garden because we have the gravel but not yet a garden; shady beds for my hostas, pond clearance and re-planting to make a home for my gunnera; pergoal'd and trellised seating area and so on and so forth.    

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 09:57

Here's one article - http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/chelsea-flower-show-setpiece-gardens-slashed-after-sponsors-pull-backing-a3475556.html 

It could be a golden opportunity for some designers.  Remember the year of the crash when smaller people got in and James May did a plasticine garden?    I doubt it will affact the floral pavilion as that's mostly nurseries displaying their own stock and well deserving of a thorough browse.

Bright and sunny here but fresh.  Up late today as Possum didn't land till 1:30.  OH is out walking the dogs and then we'll all go and explore the coats and a fishing port for Possum's video project and lunch.

Surely Trump doesn't really believe that excluding news organisations with a record of investigative journalism will stop them finding and reporting the truth?

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 22:55

It does seem that we are very busy at the mo.  So much for a quiet retirement!  But once the basic work is done on the house and in teh garden we can potter along at our own pace.

Gertrude Jekyll is a lovely rose.  I took cuttings of mine before we moved, along with Teasing Georgia, Queen of Sweden and another whose label has disappeared and I can't rememeber if it was Generous Gardener or Crocus Rose.   Looks like at least one of each is growing so fingers crossed.   I have others that were already growing in pots and more on order so lots of lovely roses to come.   There isn't a single one in the garden.  I do hope your deer fencing works.

Wonky - heroic.   My windows need a good clean but they can wait till after the earth moving and kitchen projects.

Yvie - sounds like a good lesson learned.   Love the look of your Lady of Shalott.   Let us know how she gets on.

Starting off dahlias

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 22:39

That's good to know Busy.  I was intending to grow them all in raised beds as cutting flowers so it's good to know I can leave them out all winter and not faff. 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 22:37

Thanks Floralies.  There are a couple within striking distance.  have to say they're the worst in terms of pots, compost and plants but I'll happily check out their bird feed range.  I found the shelled sunflower seeds in small packs in France Agricole.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 20:41

Giddy - do both but place them apart as the two don't mix.

Liri - yes, I have been looking online.   Fat balls with insects but no peanuts so far.   Will keep looking.


Posted: 24/02/2017 at 20:39

We only arrived in October GD.    Most of the plot is grass and has been pasture for centuries.   There aren't many herbaceous  plants here and a lot of shrubs and trees suffered from the drought and died or struggled.   We have cleared dead stuff and weeds from 3 beds now and they have all had several inches of cheap multi-purpose compost poured on to improve the soil.

I have a lot of pruning of dead stems and overgrown neglected shrubs as well as a few more corpses to shift.   We are planning to install water butts on at least 4 down pipes from the house roof and lay a pipe to the planned potager for watering babies but we expect good soil management to allow for decent crops and plants.

As we make new ornamental beds to accommodate the plants we brought form Belgium and the babies I plan to sow, we will make sure the soil is well prepared and beefed up to help it retain moisture and nutrients.

I will not be planting bamboo and I am currently off ornamental grasses too.

How to Pronounce 'Gean' as in Wild Cherry?

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 20:29

It's going to be your house.  Pronounce it in the way that suits you best.

Or change the name if you like.   Mazzard or massard is an old alternative to gean but you can call it what you like.

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