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Best Roses

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 15:41

You say colour is the easy part. If you knew what colour you wanted that would narrow down the choice. With lavender you could have pretty pink, or a blue and yellow theme etc, then choose roses of that colour.

Pink ones, I like and have Louise Odier, Gertrude Jekyll and Geoff Hamilton.

I like Falstaff and Munstead Wood (don't have that one - yet!) of the Crimsons, yellow the Pilgrim and peach A Shropshire Lad.

Weeds-wanting to grow lavender border

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 12:43

I added rotted manure when I prepared the bed, but haven't fed since.

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 12:41

Now seen Berghill's reply too. They were nice if picked very young and watered a lot, I think the warmth here helped them to grow quickly so they were tender. But if picked too late they were stringy and horrible.

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 12:37

I'm not growing asparagus peas this year as they need so much picking and watering, but I'm growing mange tout peas which did really well last year and are great in stir fries. They froze well too. I also grow Kelvedon Wonder, much the sweetest and most reliable. Easily available here too. My mother used to dip her peas in paraffin to stop the mice eating them.

My Garden

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 11:01

Do you have somewhere light and warm to keep the seeds when they have germinated into little plants? I don't start sowing yet, there may be a lot of horrid weather to come and plants can get weak and leggy while waiting.

Best Roses

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:57

I agree, there are so many that it's difficult to choose. I love David Austin roses with big flowers and wonderful scent. Have you seen his website?

http://www.davidaustinroses.com/english/advanced.asp

New to gardening and forum

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:53

Hello Wendy.

I'm lucky enough to have a big garden, but I have pots on the terraces around the house. I'm growing winter pansies, violas (which are flowering now), bulbs, double daisies and wallflowers. In late May these will be past their best and I plant up the pots with summer bedding. I also have large pots with roses, clematis, a star jasmine, a golden philadelphus and a dwarf rhododendron.

Violas should still be on sale in garden centres now, also primroses, for some colour until it's warm enough for summer plants.

Asparagus Peas

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:43

I have grown asparagus peas. If the weather is dry they do need a lot of watering. I live in Dordogne and one hot summer they weren't worth the effort. However, they are delicious if you pick them small and young, only about an inch long. You eat the whole pod. I grew them in the ground. The flowers are very pretty. But I don't soak any of my pea seeds and they always germinate. Just keep the soil damp.

Lunar Gardening

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:37

I've never tried it, but when we first moved to France our neighbour, the local farmer's wife was very keen. Then she said that my veg was doing better than hers and my tomatoes were earlier and she couldn't understand why. But there must be something in it as the older French are very for it. But I think the weather has a lot to do with it.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 10:32

Morning all. Horrible outside today, raining, cold 1°. If it gets colder we'll have snow. Must look at the forecast.

Been reading your blog Clari, great stuff, how do you get time? I expect the pond looks smaller now it's in. I think it looks about the right size for the space.

Hope you feel better today puncdoc.

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