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Posted: 10/10/2014 at 08:55

Mine have never self seeded, they rarely last though the cold wet Dordogne winters for a second year either. Forgot to sow seeds, just bought some plants. But Lyn on the Forkers chat thread has just said that she takes cuttings every year. Didn't know you could do that.

One year I made a nursery bed in the veggie garden and scattered the seeds on the ground. They were doing well then something ate them, so now I sow in trays in the GH or cold frame and then pot them on to plant out in the autumn.


Posted: 10/10/2014 at 08:48

Good morning. Good to have you back, Punkdoc, meant to say that last night.

Saw that UKIP now have their first MP. Could be disastrous for expats if the UK leaves Europe. But this isn't the place for political discussions.

Good luck at the dentist, Lesley.

Foggy this morning but that often means nice afternoon. Lots to do outside, as always.


Posted: 09/10/2014 at 23:12

Haven't had time to pop in since this morning.

Went to the GC, bought compost and wallflowers. Forgot to sow them. Oh, and gardening gloves and plant labels. Then went to lunch with a girlfriend, then went to visit a male friend in a convalescent home. He'd had a hip replacement. Watched TV all evening and did some ironing. Like DD, I iron most things, not underwear or towels though. Watch TV while doing it.


Posted: 09/10/2014 at 08:20

Morning all. OH has gone to the UK. Think I'll go to the GC to cheer myself up! It's pouring with rain.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 22:34

Glad you enjoyed it Chicky, sounds great.

Must go to bed as OH is catching plane to UK in the morning.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 22:26

Crikey! I have an old book about pruning shrubs and it says Kolkwitzia doesn't need pruning. So I haven't pruned it in 20 years and it flowers like mad every year.

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 22:23

He's lovely, Digger. I like seeing Nigel following Monty about. My dog follows me about.

Plants in France

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 22:14

I live in France and in my local Garden Centre plants are cheaper, but they are tiny and often in poor condition. When they do have large perennials for sale they are often unnamed varieties and more expensive than in the UK. I buy plants in England because you get bigger, better plants and more variety. Which part of France were you in? I'm in Dordogne.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 21:12

Woody said "Just remembered that someone, quite a few days ago so I can't find who, said they were going to plant their rose "Complicata" in a pot. I have this one, which I saw in profusion at Mottisfont, and it is HUGE. It has loads of arching stems which stretch up to about 7 ft. and then sweep down to the ground. It really is my largest rose. "

That was me. I bought a rosa Complicata from David Austin in June, impulse buy as the flowers were so beautiful. But I haven't room at the moment and it's stayed in it's original pot until now, I have fed it. So I've just planted it in a large pot and I'll see how it goes. It can stay there for another year until I decide what to do. But I do have climbers in large pots and they've done OK. I have a deer problem in the unfenced bit of garden. I had to dig up roses and put them in pots to rescue them. David Austin has a courtyard garden full of roses in pots and some are quite big.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 14:49

I replied to your other thread on this, deer don't eat ivy, but for ivy to make a hedge it first has to grow up a wall or similar and it won't make a hedge until it's mature and starts to bush out and grow different shaped leaves and berries which the birds love.

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