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Posted: 10/05/2013 at 10:16

Morning all. Up late as out last night. My daffodils are well over and tulips are almost over, but hard to plant anything yet as leaves all over the place. But I often plant dahlias between daffodils and they usually survive the winter in the ground. I plant snowdrops all around the hostas then the hosta leaves hide the dying snowdrop leaves.

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 00:03

I love that stone trough and the colour arrangement in it.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 23:44

Did no gardening today, rained. A boring snippet for you all

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 23:43

Hello all and welcome Rosie. I've arrived a bit late. OH was singing in a concert with his choir so I went to watch and there was a supper afterwards. I was invited, well I had made 2 cakes for it.

Rosie, if you ask the right questions (the ones I know the answers to!) I may be able to answer! I've been gardening for around 40 years but been in Dordogne over half that time, so don't ask me when the last frost is!

red onions

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 23:32

I hope your foot op went well obelixx and it isn't too painful. I hope the garden waits for you, anyway sounds as though it won't be very long.

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 23:21

Hi Bev! We were staying in Eastbourne so we drove through more than once, went to Alfriston and Lewes. I thought of you and your pretty window boxes. The day we went to the GC it was pouring with rain so we left before I'd finished looking. We'll be back 2nd half of June and hopefully do some garden visiting.

new border for boring garden

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 16:03

Well done! So much more interesting now.  What about putting some trellis or wires on the fence and growing a clematis? Or is there something climbing there already. There is a problem with this site at the moment for posting photos so they are smaller than they used to be.

Leggy mint - help!

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 09:58

Mizzli, I think you need to get a good book about herb and vgetable gardening. Some of your plants are annuals, some hardy and perennial and some, like parsley are biennual. Some hardy, some aren't.

Italophile has said your mint is hardy, it doesn't need any shelter in winter. It is also perennial which means it will die down completely in winter and come up again when the weather gets warmer, but to do that properly it needs to be outside. If you just want to use it in the kitchen then treat it as a temporary plant and get another when you've used it all, like a cut bunch. Strawberries are the same, they die down in winter and come up in spring, when they will need feeding. They like being outside and they need replacing every few years.

Basil is not hardy and will die in the winter, sow some seeds or buy another plant in the spring. Rosemary is a hardy shrub, likes to grow outside but may need some winter protection - though mine (on a south wall) has survived -17°. Being a mediterranean sort of plant it won't like being too wet and soggy, whereas basil doesn't like to dry out.

Plant of the Centenary

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 09:45

Thanks Obelixx. I hadn't looked it up, so easy when there's a good link! I don't think I would have chosen any of those plants! Possibly the Rozanne I saw in Cornwall, but not the sort they have here in France. Purple, low growing, not particularly vigorous. How do the French get away with it?

Also possibly the rhodo. I have one in a pot as I have limestone here. Lovely when it flowers, bit gloomy the rest of the year.

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 09:38

Matty, lunaria is honesty. Confusing!

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