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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Newbie with lots of questions

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 18:38

For container - Clematis, but most lose their leaves in winter. 

I have a star jasmine in a big pot, trachelospermum jasminoides. I also have some climbing roses in big pots.

Newbie with lots of questions

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 14:32

I can see all the photos on the links, but back garden is very dark, probably a bit too early in the day.

Now that I've seen the very small gap I don't think it would be wise to fill it as it may cause the fence to rot. Better to put troughs there instead with violas then bedding plants.

I think the mysterious plant could be a euonymus, there are several varieties, some just green, some with gold, some with silver. Good, easy evergreen, nice in with Christmas wreaths and decoration greenery.

Raised Bed Under Plum Tree?

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 09:18


I have daffodils around a greengage tree. One greengage tree fell over a few years ago in the gales, it's lying on the ground but, amazingly didn't die. Last year I made a bed around it, I added a lot of compost and rotted manure. One end is shade where the branches are and the other end is sunny. It was quite possible to plant between the roots, there weren't many in the way. The tree seems to like the soil enrichment because it send out new shoots, and had a crop of greengages.

This is it in June, the anchusa went a bit mad, twice as tall as it said on the label!

Funny, the pic has gone on top!

About raised beds for veg. If they are raised then you won't be digging and disturbing the roots. The compost and earth will be on top. The more important thing is that they have enough sun and the tree doesn't cast too must shade over the beds.

Newbie with lots of questions

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 08:58

Archiepem, is there an up to date photo of your daughter's garden? I think I've seen some photos before.


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 08:56

Morning all. If I took a photo it would be grey, thick fog, can't see my garden either, 0°.

Used to watch Corrie years ago before Ken married Deirdrie and Hilda Ogden was there.Then first OH said it was a tie so we stopped. We moved to France and couldn't get English TV for years. Pre-satellite.


Posted: 20/01/2014 at 22:02

I am very normal because I have a highly intelligent Border Collie who knows he is not allowed on the flower garden lawn. He also knows he mustn't steal food from tables. Once a member of the local Chasse (French) left a joint of venison (he didn't know I'm not keen on the Chasse) on a table in the covered terrace for me. I was out shopping. When I got home my dog was sitting there, salivating, but he hadn't touched it!

Newbie with lots of questions

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:55

Poached Egg Plant is Limnanthes douglasii, Tracey. Thompson and Morgan sell the seeds, I'm sure others do too.

Container grown roses

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:49

I live in Dordogne, France. Limestone area, so lots of stone houses.

Every May I replace the top layer of compost and plant bedding plants and every November I do the same and plant violas. I also feed regularly with an organic rose compost and in May I use granules for bedding plants that are supposed to last a long time. If you don't feed enough the rose leaves start going yellow and if you don't water enough, like the house sitter didn't when I was away, then blackspot starts appearing. When the roses are happy disease stays away it seems.

I really wanted roses climbing up the house, but the house is on rock and the ground is concreted and paved. I wanted more roses in the garden but the deer developed a taste for them. It was OK at first.

Container grown roses

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 18:49

Oh that's funny, not the order I posted them in, but I expect you'll work it out!

Container grown roses

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 18:48

 I thought these pink ones wouldn't survive because of the deer.

 The Pilgrim


I use large containers and fill with a mixture of soil, compost, and rotted manure up to a few inches from the top. I plant the rose and fill the last few inches with potting compost, which will prevent weeds. I have had to remove quite a few roses from the garden as the deer kept eating them, so I've put them on the terrace round the house. They need quite a bit of watering in summer and dry periods and they need regular feeding.

Malvern Hills and Phyllis Bide


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