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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,979
    Years ago I was thinking of moving and looked at a beautiful cottage on a village green that had a tiny real ale pub just 50 yards away :)
    The cottage had a big garden with a good size copse at the end that was part of the garden - it was wonderful to just stand there amongst all those tall old trees - I've wanted a copse ever since.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Main one would be a Sorbus aria (white beam tree). Its not the biggest tree and I really like the bright colour to the leaves early in the year so maybe if something else passes away I might get space for one in the future. I did plant one I bought as a sapling a few years back but it never sprouted leaves in spite of having a healthy looking root system. It may have gotten overgrown by the shrubs near to it and not got enough sunlight to get a good start. The space I had planned for one is now filled with self seeded cotoneasters and some other shrubs which I like. Failed with propagating with cuttings since then and have just put some berries in a windowbox a few months back to see if I can get one going from seed. Also could do with having some more space for a few more Pinus pinea (Italian stone pine) as I read the one I have growing wont yield any pine nuts without more trees to cross pollinate with. Maybe I could organise a garden extension at some stage.

    Happy gardening!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,303
    Whitebeams are gorgeous in the right spot @robairdmacraignil. We had a young one in a previous garden, but it had been very badly staked and wasn't very healthy. It still made me a bit unhappy when we had to remove it for an extension though.

    I'd like one of those Cornus controversas [wedding cake tree]. It would take up most of the back garden though, so I'd definitely have to move  :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • herbaceousherbaceous Posts: 2,314
    edited 17 January
    Having moved to a very small garden I find myself hankering for something like a sequoia. Now I'm focussed on lakes @B3 with an island in the middle where the ducks live, ahhh
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • newbie77newbie77 Posts: 1,656
    lots of things actually, couple of fruits trees like pear, plum etc. Some Ornamental trees like rowan and few other types for autumn display, i wish for a large wisteria, and some rambling roses.

    More than space I wish had more time. If I had more time and less slugs, I would have lovely vegetable garden and perennial borders.
    South West London
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,002
    I would like a wisteria like I had at my old house but there is nowhere suitable to plant one.

    There are a lot of climbing roses that I would like too but now I'm no longer young they would be too much maintenance and, same again, nowhere to put them.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • I'd like to grow more raspberries - one row just isn't enough to provide fresh, and extras for jamming. Same goes for gooseberries, red and blackcurrants. 
    I'd like to have room for Acers, more fruit trees, and just space. Preferably away from prying eyes!!
    Lots more crocuses and alliums, and plenty of bee friendly plants.
    Space for quiet!!!
  • And lots of these, whatever they are.
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