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About me

British wrinkly living 500 metres up in the Appennines above Bologna. Trying to maintain an English garden with lawn, roses, Coxes Orange Pippins etc........ Not doing too badly so far, but I have to keep reminding myself that what grows in the UK maybe deeply unhappy here. It certainly isn't "gardeners' world", but I love it. Empty UK garden centres each trip back, and not quite everything ends up in the plant cemetery. Learning something every day.
Soil here is very chalky clay, shallow over rock. Use cow manure straight from the shed and try to rot it down for at least a year before using it, but it just isn't the same as horse manure. Long dryish very cold winters, very hot dry summers. "helpful" neighbours. Every day a challenge. Every day a joy.

Latest photos

  • A reward for all that hard work.....
  • Perennial mesembryanthemum (Delosperma cooperi (Hardy Ice Plant))
  • Perennial wallflower "Winter Orchid" (Erysimum)
  • Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare (Blue Weed))

Latest blogs

A very , happy, calm and peaceful Christmas to you all

Posted on 23 Dec, 2014 18 comments

Invasion of privacy!

Posted on 15 Jul, 2013 83 comments

Progress, of a sort.

Posted on 6 Jul, 2013 34 comments

Latest questions

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Joined in Sep 2011

Country: Italy

County/State: Bologna