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Posted: 12/01/2015 at 12:00

Early lunch.....with my iPad on my knee. 

Re solar panels I looked into this 3 years or so ago.  I also did the maths and reckoned any savings would be minimal.  Down here though solar panels work as well as anywhere...high light levels....but panels on the roof are not everybody's choice and could spoil a future sale.  My neighbour has them but there are costs too as the "transformer" apparently needs replacement occasionally and it is not cheap. 

it has been very mild but rain is now here.  And huge winds forecast on Wednesday.  

I had a parking fine issued on Christmas eve.  Although I had paid the ticket was deemed to be not displayed correctly.  I took a photo of it and challenged the charge.  accused the warden of being petty and unfair and no fraud was committed.  Fine cancelled today . Frees up money for more plants 

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 09:56

Ah yes!  That Toblerone.  Voices in my head made me eat it so not really my fault,

Trouble with Russian sage is that the site has very good soil and sage is better on poor soil. some good ideas here though.

It's my birthday

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 09:48


Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:24

Love orange in the garden.  

Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:20

For seed orders Thompson and Morgan are fine.  Dobies, D T Brown, Suttons, Mr Fothergills are all good.

don't confuse seed orders with plant orders.  I think most of the big seed companies are reliable.  I go by price when dealing with these companies because they are all of the same quality.  

For plants I shop elsewhere. seed is fine.  

Splitting a clump of Trachycarpus Fortunei

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 21:36

And grow much more quickly than many think.  

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 19:05


Depending on final position a rich blue geranium would nestle beautifully at feet of limelight.  If sited by a path then  Geranium it will be.  However, I think it will prob be further back. 

So oranGe not popular then folks?   As in heleniums?  

I have some white foxgloves too for that area (originally planned for red hydrangea) but I think I will use them to sparkle some brighter colours elsewhere.

Victoria, I have persicaria Red Dragon.  Possible contrast to limelight's an idea 

Splitting a clump of Trachycarpus Fortunei

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 18:54

Yes.  I would do it now

Witch hazel

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 18:52

Sounds good .....maybe room too for a couple of dogwoods?

Plant Selection Planning

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 18:48

A ph test too would be sensible.  What plants do your neighbours grow?  Any hydrangeas for example?  If so, are they blue or pink?   any rhododendrons growing there?

if your soil is acid mushroom compost would be disastrous if you want to maintain its current ph. 

As for trained fruit trees I too would opt for maidens.  Especially for espaliers as you can grow them to fit your framework and, as already said, they are much cheaper.  

You don't say how big your plot is, what exactly the tree is that's remaining or why you think your ground doesn't drain very well...except that parts are heavy clay.  Does water collect and not run away easily?  

I would spend time digging by hand, incorporating manure or compost, rather than rotovating.  This is better for removing any roots remaining and you get a better understanding of your it drains, how it feels etc.

I wouldnt be in a rush either to fill your space with plants.  If you have heavy soil you can choose plants to suit, thrive and look good as time goes by...season by season as you see them in garden centres.  Initially considered structure.....a couple of evergreens for example. 

Get your lawn in.....wouldnt dig holes though.  Mixing in grit as you go is better.

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