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Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 19:32

I think this thread is great. I loved the RHS gardens at Wisley - truly spectacular & Sissinghurst, near where I used to live, is lovely especially for me the White Garden.

This 'garden' display is well worth a visit if you're visiting the Charente Maritime department of SW France. It's called Jardins du Monde (Gardens of the World) & that's exactly what's displayed as you stroll from one 'country' to another. There's also a tropical house as well as a wonderful bonsai room. It looks like they've added more for children since I last visited but it doesn't matter what time of year it is as there's always something lovely to see. Sorry the links is in French but if you access 'Visite Virtuelle' it'll give you an overview of the gardens.

Another unmissable garden if you're visiting France is the Palace of Versailles. Be prepared to queue, even if you buy tickets in advance you still have to go through the security checks.The whole place is truly stunning - wear VERY comfy shoes!


Happy Summer !!


Magnolia Sieboldii trouble. HELP -Have a look please

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 19:02

Thanks Bob - I'll get the torch out & deerstalker to see if there are any caterpillars. Would they also be responsible for the problems with the flower buds dropping off?

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 18:25

As I've only just joined & live in SW France I thought I'd add a few photos of my garden  .

Camelia beside patio


Summer clematis on patio trellis


Clematis Montana rambling along side fence

Euphorbia polychroma loves life here but didn't seem to thrive in the UK

My husband's pottagère & view to our poplars at the end of the back garden

Summer clematis climbing along a side fence

Juvenile windbreak of photinias & variegated shrubs overlooking fields up to next village

Old well in front garden planted with arum lilies & aquilegias

Magnolia stellata in front garden



I particularly like this Albezia tree because the flowers remind me of the 'clock' dandelions we blew as children but these flowers are more delicate & the palest shades of pink. Never seen them in the UK. Twice tried to grow a Chocolate Albezia (has gorgeous aubergine coloured leaves) but they both died. Too expensive here to keep buying more.

Buddleia which I grew from a cutting overlooking evening sunflowers

Buddleia with butterfly


Campsis tree beside rear patio


Container shrubs & hanging baskets on rear patio



Magnolia Sieboldii trouble. HELP -Have a look please

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 17:39

Hello - I've just joined Gardeners World & thought I'd ask all you experts for some help with my Magnolia Sieboldii shrub.

I originally planted it 3 years ago in the ground but it didn't seem to like that so I lifted it & planted it in a large pot in general purpose compost to begin with. It didn't seem to improve much so I re-potted it into ericaceous compost & fed it. It seemed to pick up & lovely cream flower buds began to form. This year one or two began to open but the edges soon turned brown & they fell off. The leaves are now gradually curling up & turning brown & some look like filigrée lace. I've looked for pests but can't see any. The photo of this in the suppliers' brochure is beautiful but mine has yet to deliver. I've attached a photo & look forward to your comments & advice.  Kind Regards


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Magnolia Sieboldii trouble. HELP -Have a look please

Flower buds turning brown & falling off.Leaves curling & turning brown  
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