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Old 03-04-2003, 10:45 PM
Jayne
 
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I found this newsgroup with help from one of your posters - I need help
with gardening!
You see, I moved to England from South Africa 4 years ago & the seasons are
topsy-turvy now........I always knew what to plant each season, when to
prune etc & of course many plants are different.

I *am* learning though! At first we bought a house in town with a small
garden where there wasn't much I could do, so I planted up containers to
practice on. A year ago we bought a house in the country on 1/2 acre which
is next to farmland & although the previous owners kept the garden neat it
is boring, boring, boring ..... so I need help!
There are two ponds which were empty so we have started with a few plants &
goldfish in one & have been rewarded with a family of frogs in the other &
just this week the tadpoles started hatching.

I am also encouraging birds by feeding them & we had a Robin family nesting
in the ivy outside the kitchen window last year. I'm also learning what the
different birds are too!

Unfortunately, for a house which was once part of the farm it doesn't have
much in the way of interesting plants (I don't think so anyway!). There is
an awfully long conifer hedge, a couple of cherry & damson trees & a huge
expanse of lawn.
We live down a long lane which ends at the farm so it's been interesting to
see different plants growing along the lane during the last year.

Anyway, I also do flower arranging so I need the garden to be a sort of mix
between cultivated & wildlife garden - luckily we do have the space for both
& I like an informal type garden. The garden also has to cater for 2
children, 2 cats & a dog!


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Old 03-04-2003, 11:09 PM
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"Jayne" wrote in message
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I found this newsgroup with help from one of your posters - I need help
with gardening!
You see, I moved to England from South Africa 4 years ago & the seasons

are
topsy-turvy now........I always knew what to plant each season, when to
prune etc & of course many plants are different.

I *am* learning though! At first we bought a house in town with a small
garden where there wasn't much I could do, so I planted up containers to
practice on. A year ago we bought a house in the country on 1/2 acre

which
is next to farmland & although the previous owners kept the garden neat it
is boring, boring, boring ..... so I need help!
There are two ponds which were empty so we have started with a few plants

&
goldfish in one & have been rewarded with a family of frogs in the other &
just this week the tadpoles started hatching.

I am also encouraging birds by feeding them & we had a Robin family

nesting
in the ivy outside the kitchen window last year. I'm also learning what

the
different birds are too!

Unfortunately, for a house which was once part of the farm it doesn't have
much in the way of interesting plants (I don't think so anyway!). There is
an awfully long conifer hedge, a couple of cherry & damson trees & a huge
expanse of lawn.
We live down a long lane which ends at the farm so it's been interesting

to
see different plants growing along the lane during the last year.

Anyway, I also do flower arranging so I need the garden to be a sort of

mix
between cultivated & wildlife garden - luckily we do have the space for

both
& I like an informal type garden. The garden also has to cater for 2
children, 2 cats & a dog!


Hi Jayne,
Welcome - I'm sure you'll find this a source of excellent advice.

Chris S


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Old 03-04-2003, 11:45 PM
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Hi Jane,
Welcome to the group, What part of the UK are you, just the area will help,
and will also mean you may get advice from those close to you.

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David Hill
Abacus Nurseries
www.abacus-nurseries.co.uk


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Old 04-04-2003, 10:32 AM
Jayne
 
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Thanks David - I'm in South Gloucestershire. The soil seems good - nice &
crumbly, not solid clay like at our previous house.

Jayne

"david" wrote in message
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Hi Jane,
Welcome to the group, What part of the UK are you, just the area will

help,
and will also mean you may get advice from those close to you.

--
David Hill
Abacus Nurseries
www.abacus-nurseries.co.uk




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