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23/06/2014 at 23:37

We bought a house in France in February and unfortunately were not able to move in until late April - by which time Spring had sprung and the garden had got a bit wild. It is well stocked and beautifully planned out, but with the super weather, rain and shine, it has definitely got away from me. If anyone fancies a weeks holiday in beautiful France, in a lovely converted barn, all rooms are ensuite, free food and wine, all I want in return is a bit of hard labour in returning flower beds to original glory and probably a lot of pruning, advice and plant identification, Failing that advice on here on where on earth to start!!! 

23/06/2014 at 23:43

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23/06/2014 at 23:46

If I was younger and tougher I'd be on my way

24/06/2014 at 07:18

Unfortunately, that is my problem too, I keep saying to my husband why is my back aching so much - he says because your fifty now! 

24/06/2014 at 07:41

Fifty!!!  Nowt but a spring chicken m'lass - you're just not used to it -  all you need is a hot bath and a glass of something alchofrolic at the end of the day 

24/06/2014 at 08:18

Bonjour, fifty + myself and living in france.Where abouts are you? I have some free time and a change of scenery might be nice.

24/06/2014 at 08:42

We are in between St Yrieix La Perche and Payzac (officially the Dordogne, but only just). Limoge is our nearest big town, about 45 mins north and Perigeux is about an hour south.Getting used to the fast pace of growth here is difficult, everything seems to double in size overnight, just when you think you are getting somewhere. Love being in the garden all day but seems to be such slow progress.

24/06/2014 at 10:44

If I didn't have family and work I would be over on the next boat!!!  Would love a gardening break in France with French wine, French bread and French brie on tap 

We have another lady (Busy Lizzie) who also loves in France, I'll try and get her attention for you 

24/06/2014 at 10:47

I've put a link ti this thread in the Forkers thad for you, I know Lizzie's garden was quite overgrown when she moved in so may be able to offer some advice for you......I'm off to daydream of a gardening holiday in France now 

24/06/2014 at 12:29

hello again, let me know if you would like a hand. Not very experienced and learn most gardening tips from the internet but enjoy the "graft" of gardening.

I live in Béziers in the Languedoc but wouldn't mind driving up for a few days for a change. Let me know via messages if you are interested. 

24/06/2014 at 17:20

Sounds great, if I didn't have family commitments I'd be there too. Look forward to 'work in progress' pics

24/06/2014 at 22:17

Bonsoir Jap3, I am in Haute Garonne down near the Pyrenees. I agree with you everything grows so fast here! I wish I could help but spend all my time in my own garden! but would be very pleased to help with suggestions etc.

25/06/2014 at 08:57

Thank you, I will be posting some pictures of 'mystery plants', I am afraid whilst clearing the beds I may be throwing out the baby with the bath water! Also, timing of pruning etc. seems to be out here when using UK sites, we seem to be about two months ahead.

 

25/06/2014 at 15:30

An unidentified but lovely tree, now in full flower that look like snap dragon flowers. Also a plant that I uncovered and rescued from underneath the geraniums. Any ideas anyone?

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25/06/2014 at 15:49

The second plant is one of the euphorbias - they can be striking archetectural plants - yours looks as if it suffered a bit under the other plants.

Do be careful not to get the white latex-like sap on your skin - use gloves and long sleeves when handling it - the sap can make the skin photosensitive and sunlight can cause nasty burns.  

25/06/2014 at 16:18

The first one is a golden Catalpa, or Indian Bean tree. Lovely!

25/06/2014 at 19:45
25/06/2014 at 19:50
Thank you both very much. So much easier when you know what you are dealing with.
25/06/2014 at 20:58

Oh, yes please, just tell me when & where and I'll be there.  But, on second thoughts, who will look after the granddaughters and the garden in my absence?

13/07/2014 at 10:38

Some pictures of my efforts so far - looks good from a distance,managed to clear 3 beds a few weeks ago and can now see the flowers.The veg plot is doing fine too, eating some of my efforts - and making jam.

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Starting this week going to have a go at clearing bed number 4, then only 2 more to go, then of course will have to start all over again! Loving it really though 

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