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gardens in west scotland/ cornwall /devon

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 08:28

I've been to Inverewe ~ it's beautiful 

There's also a garden which I think is not too far from Loch Melfort near Oban. Can't remember the name at the moment - will come back to you on that one.

gardens in west scotland/ cornwall /devon

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 19:32

Depending on which way / how you are travelling I strongly recommend Margery Fish's gardn at East Cranbroke Manor in Somerset - small(ish) but perfectly formed. Ideal for an hour's stop over.

Congratulations BTW 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 18:38

Remind me to wish you a "Good Moaning" tomorrow Wonky  - but listen very carefully - for I shall zees only once 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 17:15

Well I'm glad you like 'Chateau de Gateau' - although if you say it with an Estuary twang it does sound like the sort of thing Del Boy might say to Rodders don't you think? 

Was trying to think of a classier alternative and came up with 'Le Millefeuille' or "Maison du Millefeuille' because:

Millefeuille is my favourite pastry 

Both Brits and French know it's a pastry

The english translation of millefeuille is 'a thousand leaves' - so a subtle reference to DD's love of gardening. 

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Posted: 04/07/2016 at 14:07

Oooh - budge up Dove - managed to get away early and do the SM sweep so now it's time for some serious sofa-holding-down. Seems a shame on such a lovely day but someone has to do it. 


Posted: 04/07/2016 at 08:32

Gonna be a hot one folks 

Office this morning, then SM, then 'a little bit of Roger' 

See yous all later


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 23:54

Thanks for the heads up about Roger's match Joyce - I've just set the recorder in case I don't get home till later. Might have to see if I can sneak away early 'cos I need to go to the SM too.

It's very late now - need to get some shut eye. Night all 


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 21:28

Got a lot done in the garden today but it was quite hot this afternoon so am feeling it now. Lots of big gaps in the borders now the spring / early summer stuff has been hoiked out or cut back - honesty, hesperis and aquilegia are really quite large plants and leave a big hole when they've gone. Still, there's a nursery bed full of plants so no doubt it will be stuffed to the gunwales again in a few weeks.

Didn't see any tennis today - was it good? Hoping to watch some when I get home from the office tomorrow - hoping Federer and Murray will be playing. A little bit of Roger always makes my day

Nice cake Fairy - could do with a bit right now with a nice cup of tea.


Posted: 03/07/2016 at 21:14

Hi Angela

Roses are hungry, thirsty plants and they can be a bit funny about competing with other plants.  I wouldn't have thought they would like being underneath a conifer hedge unless you have super enriched soil. They often need a few hours of sun each day as well - would they get that there?

Also - how large are the roses expected to grow? - would they have enough room to spread their wings in front of the hedge assuming the soil was good enough?

Roses which are in poor, dry soil and / or cramped conditions will not flourish and will be very prone to disease such as black spot.

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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 03/07/2016 at 21:06

Chateau de Gateau ??  

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