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Les Challen, Les (CR09)

Styles: Suburban

Soil types: Sandy

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Neutral

Light: Partial Shade

Aspect: South

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)

2 Jays checking on progress of my new pond

Les Challen's garden plan


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Les Challen

Les Challen

About me
I must be the last possible person to have been denied being given a 'green fingers' chance; but this never stops me from trying to succeed with my planting attempts. That said, I planted 3 separate goes with sunflower seeds this year (for a family competition) and all failed miserably! Been to Dorking Garden Centre today and could not resist their sale section of perennial plants, so ended up with Anemone - Lady Diana and Emily; Rudeckia, Osteospermum, Nemestia-Honey pink, Phlox and Dahlia. Although I only know the names of the last two. I have found two free, dismantle and take away 6ft x 4ft greenhouses this summer and with my 25ft x 9ft allotment plot at the end of the garden, I am looking forward to grasping the magic 'green finger' knack like my Mum has - but then she is 95 years young next month. All that remains is for me to stick my neck out and say.... 'watch this space'.

Gardening expertise

Biggest gardening accomplishments
I recently sowed some grass seed and it actually seems to be working!! That's a 1st. for me anyway.

Biggest gardening frustrations
My garden must have more stones than the whole of Shirley Hills - Surrey close by.

The gardening project I am currently working on
Laying paving slabs and quater circles as a patio and to set off the rest of my gardening projects. I can dream can't I????? As a newbie, my ticks for the for the following Gardening interests must be taken lightly.

Les Challen's gardens


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