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Thank you all for making me so welcome – lots of good advice already. A bit more detail for those who asked – I’m on clay with underlying limestone. I guess the builders have compacted the soil quite a bit in places. The front garden is about 12’ by 24’, south-facing with no shade and a slight slope back towards the house. I want just a riot of colour, a few paths and hardly any grass, no bare soil, and lots of height (without completely blocking the windows) I can get plenty of manure.

We’re quite high up – 500 feet on the north edge of Gloucestershire.

I’m really pleased to get a such a range of replies. Hywel especially – thanks for the warning, I burnt a cake last night because of watching a film with my daughter! – so I’m just the one who will wreck supper because of the website. LOL.

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welcome to the club of burnt dinners . GOY has a lot to answer for lol

27 Dec, 2008


Sounds like roses and lavender would do well on that plot.
I'm sure you'll be overwhelmed with suggestions. LOL

27 Dec, 2008


Welcome...sure you will get lots of tips and advice here on GOY......

27 Dec, 2008


Thanks for the extra information. I'd say, get the area roughly dug over when you can (ASAP) and let the frost break it up more for you. Then dig in that manure so that you'll be ready to plant lovely things in the spring!

27 Dec, 2008


Nice to here from you again, as for burnt dinners i make sure i've done everything i have to before coming on here, because once you on it's hard i find to turn my laptop off.

28 Dec, 2008


You're in a beautiful area. I hope you're able to make a lovely garden and show us some photos of it.
Mind those cakes. lol !

28 Dec, 2008


there are so many plants you can choose from, Clay soil maybe hard work, but once you improve the structure, it has lots of neutiants, i have had quite a few clay gardens, and find that you can grow quite a lot, very well. Roses are a must, every garden has room for at least one and sounds like the conditions you have would be ideal.

28 Dec, 2008

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