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Belinda Chisholm, My Garden (DD82)

Styles: Child friendly, English cottage, Organic, Rural, Wildflower, Wildlife

Soil types: Loamy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

Approx. 36ft x30ft. completely enclosed by low stone buildings, all 150+yrs old. Suntrap and haven for insects and wild life. Part of a country estate. Soil rich, and more acidic. Use home made compost a lot. Lots of plants. Large grass rectangle with borders and 2 beds made in the grass. Also rose, magnolia and maple tree planted in the grass which is laid down over cobbles. Area used to be used for horse and coaches. Cobbles can and are dug up for a plant when neccessary! Soil underneath very good. Garden very sheltered but can suffer from high winds as they just seem to go round and round the garden.Plants seem very happy to grow in my garden.

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Belinda Chisholm

Belinda Chisholm

About me
I am an amateur but very keen gardener and when I started my present job nearly nine years ago, I was given the chance to turn a very sad and neglected garden into something lovely. I have always wanted to create a garden so this was a golden opportunity. I love growing plants from seed and cuttings and as my employer has a beautiful large garden, open to the public, I have a wonderful chance to propagate some beautiful and unusual plants for my own use. I am more into flowers and shrubs, than vegetables. I am also very interested in wild flowers and try to keep parts of my garden for them, and to grow bumblebee friendly flowers as I am a keen bumblebee conserver.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Turning a wilderness into a very pretty, very rural, though rather chaotic, country garden. Finally learning and remembering many plant names and greatly increasing my knowledge about them and their care.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Not being able to take a photo of my entire garden because of its shape, and basic lay-out, (an enclosed square) which I cannot change. An aerial close up is what I really need! Pruning and spraying the tops of shrubs, trees and climbing roses and clematis because I am quite short!

The gardening project I am currently working on
My "lawn". The turf was laid over cobbles and is only about four inches deep. This has lead to problems with moss and plantain, due so I am told to poor drainage. I also want to edge it properly and to edge round the roundels and sites where I have plant

Belinda Chisholm's forum posts

Re: Re: Rust on hollyhock leaves
Fri. 12th August 2011 19:45

Rust on hollyhock leaves
Wed. 10th August 2011 18:53

box hedge in trouble
Mon. 7th June 2010 20:34


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