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About the member known as Crosswater.


My wife Tessa and I have lived for three years in an area of East Hampshire close to the Surrey border and Crosswater, Churt, a place of fond memories for me from my childhood. This is how I became fond of the heaths and the large gardens of the locality and the heather, scots pine and Rhododendron ponticum[!].
We have a third of an acre garden in Headley Down which sits in the corner of Ludshott Common [and which I usually refer to as the Headley Garden Suburb]. Our garden is half the size it once was but many are now a lot smaller having been subdivided more that once, since the site began as a place of weekend cottages for people wanting respite from London at the turn of the last century. Our ‘chalet bungalow’ was built in 1926.

Our garden was laid out mainly with borders of rhododendron, camelia and heathers surrounded by the large cherry-laurel hedges typical of the area. I would like it to be a bit wilder and include scots pines, so it is a bit formal but generally suits the grey acid sand of the area.
I am slowly adding compost to the soil, making sure it keeps its ericaceous ph and I have two scots pines [discreetly collected from the heaths] in containers!

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Looking forward to seeing photos Richard .

26 Aug, 2015


Welcome to Goy Richard, very good description, I enjoyed reading your post and also looking forward to seeing your garden, I like your mention of discreet collections and was wondering how deep your pockets are, I have to admit I acquired a grass seed head last week when out and about, I couldn't resist its feathery fronds, lol....

26 Aug, 2015


And I collected some Arum berries and promptly forgot where I put them...
Welcome to Goy Richard. May I suggest that you copy this blog into your profile so that anyone who missed the blog but later is curious about your garden will be able to see it?

26 Aug, 2015


Yes, would love to see some photos Richard.

26 Aug, 2015


Oops!!! Stera I hope they're not in a pocket...

26 Aug, 2015


No - they're sitting in a green paper napkin, or were last time I saw them...

26 Aug, 2015


Hi & welcome to GOY.
I'm looking forward to seeing pics of your garden too. It sounds lovely from your description.
There are lots of gardens here you can view for ideas too.

28 Aug, 2015

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