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GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 12:48

Getting excited now .....

Panda - Which station will you be coming into (ie bus or which rail station)?

It looks as tho' Snoodle and Dove will be at BC's abt 11 - 11.15 (assuming no plant distractions on the way!) - so -  is there an arrival time between 10.30 & 11.00 you can make? 

Will PM you my phone no a bit later so we can keep in touch if necessary on the day.


A Senior Moment.

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 12:21

This is such a reassuring thread....... 

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:36

Hey Panda - glad you can come!

Colchester will be on my route so I can pick you up no probs. Can I suggest that I do that & Snoodle & Dove make their way from nutty Norfolk together?

Offer to collect the 2 of you from Stowmarket still stands if you prefer to do the train. You won't have to travel with legs round necks - but you can if it makes you happy 

Hope the weather holds for us - everything crossed.

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 22:37

Hi Dove & Snoodles - I can do either late morning or early afternoon - whichever works best for you two. If either or both of you want to get the train from Norwich I can pick you up at Stowmarket. 

Can pick you up too Panda if you want to come  

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:21

Me too 

Anybody else want to join us? The more the merrier!!

Ideas for privacy solutions where Dry & Shady,

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:28

That's the ticket ! 

cancer has meant I can't manage my garden

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 18:15

Hi Trudi

Just wanted to add my best wishes & to agree with many of the comments above.

Dove's suggestion to contact Macmillan is an excellent one. Similarly, many towns now have a local Volunteer Centre and they often have a list of people who would be pleased to help you look after your lovely garden - either short term or long term.

On a practical level - if you (or somebody) is able to manage the lawn, I think I'd keep it (or most of it) - a neatly edged & mown lawn can detract from a multitude of sins elsewhere!

The suggestion to significantly reduce the number of pots is a good one as they are really quite labour intensive and unforgiving if neglected for more than a couple of days in hot weather. I would also consider planting a lot of low maintenance shrubs in the borders (things that require a once a year tidy up rather than regular dead heading) - viburnums, eleagnus, cotinus spring readily to mind. Some good ground cover plants in between will help cut down on weeding.

If you are still able to be out and about pottering you can still have a couple of small areas to do the jobs you really enjoy doing - perhaps a couple of patches to sow some annuals each year for a bit of colour allowing you to keep your hand in with some light dead heading - especially if you can do it whilst sitting down.

Good luck with your treatment and - as others have said - give us an idea of where you are & you might have a small team of new friends turning up - trowel in hand  

Ideas for privacy solutions where Dry & Shady,

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 17:09

Nice blackthorn FG - they have done really well. I think given GD's situation (ie deep shade & dry as a bone) that he could not expect such good results in such a short space of time but (as you say) good soil preparation & lots of watering until they're established will probably be successful & provide some decent screening within 2 - 3 years. 


Ideas for privacy solutions where Dry & Shady,

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 10:18


Glad you like the idea & fully understand your need to seek privacy in your garden - we have a similar problem & have found the hazel panels a good solution in a rural environment. They should last a good few years (by which time any other shrubs should be large enough for at least some screening).

I was thinking of wooden poles abt 2 -3" diameter (I think these are about £3 each from our local fencing / shed supplier).

If you found the cost of putting up panels across the whole of the boundary too daunting would 2 or 3 strategically placed ones help solve the problem? 

Other plants I had thought of if you want a natural / woodland type affect include hawthorn & blackthorn. Hawthorn, in particular, will grow quite quickly & seems to grow in most spots including under trees - so you could, perhaps, have 2 or 3 panels strategically placed for privacy with some hawthorns filling in the gaps at the sides.

If you want to maintain hawthorn as a hedge you can (although not nice with all the spines) or, if you have the space you can leave it to do it's own thing. There are quite a few online companies selling very cheap native hedging whips (or you might have a local nursery) which is a very cheap way of doing hedging (but they still take a few years to grow).

Blackthorn, of course, will eventually give you sloes. Sloe gin at Christmas - yum 

Ideas for privacy solutions where Dry & Shady,

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 21:17

... and have no idea how / why my posting ended up on here twice - sorry all 

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