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Posted: 11/02/2014 at 10:52
Unfortunately Dove the one in question has done just that. One side of the plant is completely merged with a crack in the base of the conservatory. I aim to relocate it if possible. Unfortunately I cannot do anything until April. I'll be leaving the flowerbeds for a year as discussed so you'll all be able to help me identify the plants as they show.

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Posted: 11/02/2014 at 08:26
Sorry for the hiatus guys. The buddleia has purple flowers. One of them I definitely need to move as it's too close to the conservatory and I am told the strong roots they have can mess with foundations etc. I like the cutting idea although I have no idea where on the plant I could take a decent one. My track record with cuttings isn't great as I haven't had much practice. I'd be happy to compare notes fairy girl. Let's hope they will be positive and practical instead of sharing our frustrations *fingers crossed*. My bee friendly plant of choice for the thin birder is verbena boni. It provides a good mid height confetti of small purple flowers that last long into Winter in Oxfordshire. I'm also looking forward to growing snakes head fritillery for the first time.

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Posted: 07/02/2014 at 08:33
I may well only prune them but they are about 9-11ft so something needs to be done or they will not let anything else grow in the thin border they are in.

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Posted: 07/02/2014 at 06:13
Oh yes I wasn't going to touch the borders in the first year other than replacing the buddliea.

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Posted: 07/02/2014 at 00:06
The veg plot will be ready to use and the greenhouse is intact so I'm aiming for a flying start. I have my trusty seed box ready and currently selecting squashes for starting in the conservatory of my current house. Spuds are the one veg item I've never even attempted to grow (no space) although I'm told these new spud bags you can grow on patios are easy to use. In the new place they can go straight into the ground.
I haven't got much in the way of tomato seeds but we do have a very good garden centre in Oxfordshire so I'll have my pick of young plants.

We really fell on our feet with the garden of our first family home. Most new builds come with a postage stamp sized patch of grass but this garden hearkens back to the war. It has a patio leading to a giant flower bed, two play lawns for when our 1 year old learns to walk, workshop, greenhouse, veg plot and even a little suntrap hidden in the back where I can hide all the out of season terracotta pots until the bulbs inside are ready to be wheeled into the main garden for their debut. There's a lot of work to be done (two buddliea that need battling back for a start) but I'm going to love every bit of it. I will happily post pictures on here in April and maybe you can all help me identify some of the plants in the borders.

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Posted: 06/02/2014 at 08:02
My family and I will be moving into a beautiful new house on April 11th. A lot of my favourite plants will transplanted in pots but I would like to make use of the huge greenhouse and vegetable plot in the first year (I'm only accustomed to a 6x2m allotment for my veg). I realise I will be starting relatively late 8th the year so are there any particular things I should avoid trying to grow? I will be starting some things from seed here before moving.
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New Garden!

I'm getting a huge new garden in April and asking general advice on how to kick it off in the first year. 
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