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Posted: 17/12/2014 at 10:31

Morning all.

I have a water meter but my bills are the same as Verdun's. Must be because of watering the garden.

Verdun said "Convolvulus maritima will take over down here.....climate, soil and aspect allow that ...but perhaps elsewhere this beautiful plant will die kerria is another mistake for me.  Invasive becoming more so over time"

Cornwall and Dordogne must have very different growing conditions. I have lost 2 Convolvulus maritime and my Kerria is very well behaved, has taken years to grow to a reasonable size. I can't grow acid loving plants or moisture loving plants or anything at all tender in winter or anything that doesn't like heat in summer.

Must go and clean the place up and put up some decorations.


Raspberry Canes

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 22:52

Yes, Catherine.

Growing Shop bought Ginger

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 18:38

I have tried growing it in my greenhouse here in SW France, but although it grew it was only some spikey leaves and when I dug it up it was about the same size root as the one I planted. Ginger needs a long hot summer and plenty of moisture. Somewhere like Thailand!

Wild Flower Identification Needed.

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 18:35

It isn't alstromeria. It looks so familiar, but I can't think what it is. Looks as though it should have had a purple thistle like head.

Two ID's please

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 18:24

That is definitely Phlomis Russeliana as Dave now knows. I have lots in my garden. But as Nut says, it needs sorting out, looks rather tatty and compacted.

large beds

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 18:19

BM, can't claim credit for the photo I posted. That is Sussex Prairie Garden, the one I was talking about in my post.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 18:17

Verdun nominated euphorbia griffithi and oxalis purpurea as embarrassing plants. Why won't they grow in my garden when I want them? I don't like grasses, which are all the rage now. I just think they look like weeds, except the one with big pussy willow fluffy heads on it ? penisetum - I planted that one. It died.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 14:54

Mine is huge, never get around to dealing with it, but it's not in the flower garden, it's on the verge of the drive by the veggie garden so it can just get on with it.

Been shopping for last of the presents and Christmas bits and pieces. I found crackers!! French don't usually do them. In a shop called Gifi, a bit like the old Woolworths. Tom Smith ones with a little film to tell the French what to do with them. Hope someone buys them.

Raspberry Canes

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 09:43

I'll just add - don't plant too deeply, about 3 inches, spread roots out and cover with soil then mulch.

When planted they should be pruned to about 10". Summer fruiting raspberries fruit on 1 year old canes, those are the new ones that grew in the summer. The ones that fruited should be cut down to the ground when they have finished. That means that after planting and pruning to 10" you won't get a crop in 2015. But you would if they were autumn ones.

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