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Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:36
TinaTurner wrote (see)

Age discrimination Dove.

Thanks Pamela.  I'm in Bexley, Kent.  I even found my road!!  At least you know the names of your plants, which is more than I do.  I have to keep referring to the labels I now keep so I sound as if I know what I'm talking about, not that I ever try to give gardening advice. I'm just here for the chat.  Any plants bought before I joined a garden forum, about 5 years ago, I haven't got a clue.  When folk talk about plants on here, I have to google them to know what they are talking about.  How sad is that.  Still love it out there though.

Google images is invaluable isn't it? I tried using labels but my dogs developed a taste for them  so I have taken photos and made a list to try and help my ailing memory along!

TT, I think someone else beat me to it with the map 


Posted: 13/05/2013 at 09:58

Hi Tina - just bumbling along really! If you tell me where you are I'm happy to add you to the map 


Posted: 13/05/2013 at 09:48

Hi Bev - will do! Sending you virtual cake - any preference?


Posted: 13/05/2013 at 09:04

Thanks all - great advice, especially Dovefromabove! We moved in in August 2011. The first year was taken up with tidying up and planning our wedding, unpacking boxes and managing to fit in work too!

Summer 2012 and this spring have been a revelation with so many surprises popping up in the garden. Apparently we have fritillaries- didn't see them last year.

I think my favourite job has to be pruning - I'm ruthless and it's so cathartic!

A friend helped to remove a particularly evil and diseased kiftsgate rose which was great fun. However, it has left the overgrown rhodie it was growing through somewhat decimated! has anyone got advice about how hard to prune a rhodie for regeneration and control?

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 08:55

Yay - I'm a blue balloon in Romsey. Took me a while to work out that you need to click on edit 

Vine Weevil

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 08:48

Thanks Verdun - what about adding the lavender?


Posted: 13/05/2013 at 08:45

Hi GillyL!

I'm not sure what some of them are. The previous owner was very keen on collecting different varieties of things like hellebores, many different roses and clematis. There's an ammsonia (?) which took ages to identify, and different varieties of epimedium - beautiful this spring once I read about cutting back the leaves . I have myrtles which sadly have been blasted by the frost as has a mexican sunbush - but they look like they are making a recovery. Rhododendrons (when is a rhodie an azalea?!), the most fragrant daphne I have ever come across and lots of camellias.

I am going for a cottage garden look with foxgloves, aquilegia etc as well as herbs and soft fruit. I am keen to get a veggie garden going but I'm not really sure how to get started on that. Hubby is v keen so maybe I can pass that project on to him!



Posted: 13/05/2013 at 08:31

Good morning everyone! I felt moved to say hi as I've been reading your threads for a little while now and it's such a warm and supportive community. 

I am fairly new to gardening but I love it already! I have moved into a house previously owned by a very keen gardener so I have inherited great planting schemes and really unusual plants. Quite a responsibility to keep it going!

Everything is finally bursting into life which is wonderful to see

Have a good day everyone 

Vine Weevil

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 08:18

Hi again everyone!

Thank you for all your valuable advice and such an interesting debate to follow.

A quick update - I spread the soil out for a day or two (much to the excitement of my two jack russells!) then used it to top up a depleted border that had had elderly lavender in it for many years (now removed and I'm questionning whether to add it to the compost heap).

As a stop gap before I think of something more dramatic to do I have planted the border up with pretty bedding plants (with the help of lovely hubby) and have stood back to see what happens.

Everything is healthy so far, early days though. I have since found one VW grub which was unceremoniously squashed!

thanks everyone

Compost making

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 08:07

Morning all!

Is lavender a suitable addition to a compost heap? I gather it has antiseptic properties and I'm concerned that it may have a detrimental effect on the useful bugs in the compost heap!

Can anyone help?

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