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Plants in your churchyard?

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The garden centre had a sale on the weekend so I bought some plants

I have

2 proteas
Leucodendron
Poor knights lily
Christmas lily
Gladioli
Bird of paradise

I plan to plant these at church but might have to do this on saturday when Im free. Its just finding the right spot to plant the shrubs I dont want to lose them to the lawnmower! Because last time I attempted to plant some hydrangeas and the lawn guy just mowed straight over them. It wasnt as if he couldnt see them.
 

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Lanolin - You can make up some little flags to mark the new plants. One way is to use the rigid wire from wire coat hangars straightened out so it is about 50 cm long and tape a piece of square red, white or yellow cloth 8 cm square to the wire and place that in the ground next to the plants.
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Nice idea gary but I have placed some heavy rocks by each plant instead.

Am feeling a bit disheartened that the church managers keep saying they dont want this or that, but they dont really tell me what they DO want or would like. For example, No trees, no vines, no olives, no agapanthus, no fruits or vegetsbles basically no plant grows too big or requires any sort of care. Weeds are fine because you dont have to look after them, and grass is fine because it can be mowed, even though that requires more work its that kind of mentality. How can you show people any vision when they would rather see nothing. Or maybe the cars whizzing past the intersection, I dont know.

Am thinking of doing something creative with the roadside like maybe a display bed with rainbow shaped colour flowers or maybe fish symbol, or some topiaries shaped like sheep. I cant do the Lords prayer in clipped buxus, but thats actually already been done somewhere else.

I need some inspiration Lord!
 
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Nice idea gary but I have placed some heavy rocks by each plant instead.

Am feeling a bit disheartened that the church managers keep saying they dont want this or that, but they dont really tell me what they DO want or would like. For example, No trees, no vines, no olives, no agapanthus, no fruits or vegetsbles basically no plant grows too big or requires any sort of care. Weeds are fine because you dont have to look after them, and grass is fine because it can be mowed, even though that requires more work its that kind of mentality. How can you show people any vision when they would rather see nothing. Or maybe the cars whizzing past the intersection, I dont know.

Am thinking of doing something creative with the roadside like maybe a display bed with rainbow shaped colour flowers or maybe fish symbol, or some topiaries shaped like sheep. I cant do the Lords prayer in clipped buxus, but thats actually already been done somewhere else.

I need some inspiration Lord!
I think you already have inspiration enough, in yourself! Make a display with a fish symbol. That sounds amazing:)
 
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Arrgh as you might have heard, the lawnmower contractor mowed over our flowering shrubs. Again. Even when I put big rocks next to them.

I asked the church secretary and elders to sort this out. On the upside, we now have a compost bin.
 

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You could always plan yourself a picnic in the churchyard on the scheduled mowing day, and guard them :)
Or change to a new sign that reads "If you mow it, you buy it!" :)
The yard where we live now has metal rods or pipes at every tree & shrub from the previous owner. It's kinda impossible to mow over those!
 
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Am going to plant some petunias and geraniums in church flowerbed for more colour. Am bit sad as one of the elders passed away he was a keen gardener and helped with the roadside bed. We going to miss him.
Gave out flowers today in church its lovely spring day today.

Weve got gladioli and dianthus in bloom. Sorry I havent got any photos as it says too large to upload.
 
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Am going to plant some petunias and geraniums in church flowerbed for more colour. Am bit sad as one of the elders passed away he was a keen gardener and helped with the roadside bed. We going to miss him.
Gave out flowers today in church its lovely spring day today.

Weve got gladioli and dianthus in bloom. Sorry I havent got any photos as it says too large to upload.
I have abandoned my little garden, because Winter is coming! But you guys must be in the middle of Summer. Your gladioli and dianthus sound beautiful. For some reason this summer in England, there were alot of cut gladioli being sold. I don't know where they were grown, but they seem to be one of those flowers that live beautifully in the ground, but once they're cut they droop within a couple of days, which made me quite sad because they are such majestic plants. I do hope that you can post some pictures to give me some summertime colour now that the nights are drawing in here.
 

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My family was in a US location recently where plants grow all year. We took a walk in a Pitcher Plant reserve area and saw thousands of the plants along the boardwalks. For persons who do not have the species close by, the Pitcher Plant actually 'eats' insects that get trapped inside the tubular structure of the plant. Fascinating to observe.
 

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Am going to plant some petunias and geraniums in church flowerbed for more colour. Am bit sad as one of the elders passed away he was a keen gardener and helped with the roadside bed. We going to miss him.
Gave out flowers today in church its lovely spring day today.

Weve got gladioli and dianthus in bloom. Sorry I havent got any photos as it says too large to upload.
Do you have any updates on the flowers? I hope you were able to get things planted & growing nicely.
 
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That's going to be a lovely church yard. Have you considered the Rose of Sharon bush? It is the bush referred to in the Song of Solomon.

I too agree with AtomicSnowflake in hoping you post a picture of the finished yard. I'd love to see that.
 
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