Busy-Lizzie


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What is your weather like?

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 09:19

Once we had a thread where people wrote about what their weather was doing. It was quite useful as people could warn those who were travelling if conditions were bad. Also interesting to see the different conditions in different parts of the country.

Today, in Dordogne, it is has been raining, is now just grey and was 1° this morning.

I've read on other threads that some of you have snow.

New wall planters need advice on planting them up :)

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 09:15

I have stone planters just a little bit bigger in width and height. They are too small for perennials but I plant annuals in them each year. Trailing plants that hang down the wall would help make it prettier, such as trailing petunias, million bells, diascia, lobelia etc.

I plant violas in mine in the autumn for spring flowering then dig them up after risk of frost is over and plant summer flowering annuals.

You could paint the wall and, if funds ran to it, put a large planter with trellis attached to the wall and grow a clematis, suitable for growing in a pot.

Project - overgrown garden

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 08:58

Dave has given good advice. I would wait a bit too, until it is less boggy. You don't want to compact the soil by walking on it, wet clay is very difficult to dig and you don't know what plants will be coming up. When it's dryer you can remove obvious weeds and send photos for the forum to identify if you aren't sure.

Clay soil can be improved by digging in compost and well rotted manure, but not when it's too wet.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 22:46

Sounds as though you had a good Mother's Day, Marion. You deserve it. I love the colour of that rose.

My Mother's Day will be the French one on 29th May.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 22:39

RB What a shock for you and your daughter, I hope it was just cars not people who were damaged. But you always keep your chin up and your sense of humour.

Must have been a shock too for Liri, to hear she had died. Wonder how they found out?

I went to a Convent School in Redhill. Not really happy memories.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 14:23

Very pretty garden Davids10. Has started tipping with rain here so pruning is now out.

Plastic containers

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 14:18

Yes Fairygirl

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 14:15

Again I agree with Dove.

Verdun, in answer to your question, I have been involved with the re-housing in a local village here in Dordogne of 2 families from Iraq who were picked up of the streets by a charity, having been thrown out of their homes by ISIS. One mother was pregnant, her baby was born here in a local hospital, they have 4 other children and narrowly escaped having their throats cut. I have also given beggars in our local town a meal, clothing and a sleeping bag to one young girl who was shivering.

But all that is not anything to do with Europe and whether the UK leaves it. It would probably be disastrous for ex-pats if the UK leaves Europe. Over 20,000 in Dordogne and over 170,000 in France, over 300,000 in Spain. Who knows what will happen to their pensions and their health care.

Plastic containers

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 13:48

I like the plastic, or is it resin, ones that look like terracotta. Long lasting, not too heavy to move, don't crack up in the frost (as a lot of the French ones do), need less watering - but quite expensive. They seem to have stopped selling them here. I had a look in the GC and all the new pots seem to be bright pink, purple, lime green or black, very stark lines. Didn't like them.

Yet another beautiful day!

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 13:00

Was -3° frosty this morning. Now it's 6°, mostly cloudy, with a nippy breeze. SW France. May do some pruning though.

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