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Average Spend in garden centre

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 16:58

I think you probably need to be a bit more specific Nic10.  Are you referring to Plants alone ( spends would depend on whether the plant/s you want are available I would think ).  Or do you mean tools and equipment too ?  Or compost ?  Or a coffee and cake whilst you make your mind up ?

I've been to places where there was nothing I wanted to buy......on other occasions, I might spend quite a lot if I see something I am after

Small pond

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 16:51


Small pond

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 16:46

DD.......obviously the bigger the pond, the less trouble with stagnation but given the right combination of plants it shouldn't be a problem.  All I would say is that if it is only small and not very deep, take care exactly where you site it. Evaporation can be more of a problem in a long hot summer in S. France than it can here.  Surface coverage (say one of the Dwarf Water Lillies ) would certainly help that possible problem.  If you get a problem with blanket weed, don't forget the Watercress solution !  Small guage netting spread over in Autumn will help keep the majority of debris from ending up in the pond.

Look forward to hearing how you get on 

So fed up with all this rain!!!!

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 15:55

Sky still blue here.......been a gorgeous day but I suspect we'll pay for it soon

Small pond

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 15:52

DD.......I don't know whether you are far south enough but if you do a Pond, look out for Marbled Newts.  Larger than ours and a beautiful Green/Black.  We had them in our 2nd year of the pond (Midi Pyrennees area ) .

Fast growing hedging

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 15:38

The B.A.S.....good thinking John....hope you get your hedging sorted

Blooms in November

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 15:33

I've always understood that, traditionally, the flowering period for Roses was June to November ........I don't know whether that still holds good for the majority of today's roses tho ? 

Plants for lightweight arch

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 15:26

Daintiness.....your Golden Hop sounds terribly well behaved compared with mine ( tho I don't mind the rampant growth as it fills a large gap ).  Does yours flower ?

Bouganvillia and Yucca

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 15:22

BusyB.......Yuccas are often in flower at this time of year......always take me by surprise as the flower spikes look far too "exotic" for November.  Bouganvilea IME will flower more or less all year given the right conditions.  Yours is a lovely colour

Small pond

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 09:48

DD......IMO even a small patch of water adds an extra dimension to your garden.  There are a couple of threads about Ponds so would be worth looking thru.  Can't help with the solar pump...sorry.

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Sweet Peppers

Ripening off the plant. 
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Using Damson Sauce

Ideas/Recipes appreciated. 
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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Great gardening weather

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Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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