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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

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/36224.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 

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

 

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 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

 

Newbie with lots of questions

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 18:32

I find it hard too, without a photo. Click on the green oak tree symbol and be guided how to post a photo, if you have one in your picture files. It takes a bit of time to work so patience.

By all means, if you have a sunny, bare bed sow some hardy annuals, like calendulas, nigella (love in a mist), Californian poppies, clarkia, lavatera, cornflowers, poppies, godetia, poached egg plant etc. Rake to make a tilth, divide into sections, you can use a trickle of sand, or even flour to see what you are doing and sow each variety into a section. Sow in lines so that the seedlings in lines you will know aren't weeds. Then you will have some colour for this year while you decide more long term what to do with your garden. Sometimes you need to live with a garden and find out about it and what comes up. There may be perennials already planted.

Look up on google about plants for damp shade, there are quite a few, hostas, rodgersia, dicentra spectabilis, actaea, monarda, Solomon's seal, astilbe. It would help to add some compost, especially if the damp soil is sticky. But will it still be damp in summer? There's been a lot of rain.

If you want an instant fix in that gap by the decking then fill it with compost and plant it with violas which you should find in your garden centre. It will be pretty until around May/June, while you think about what to do next and if it works.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 18:06

KEF, I thought you meant Walter Pigeon, the children's book about a homing pigeon, but you must have meant the film star, who I have actually heard of, and seen the odd old film.

I have done very little today. Cold and wet, got soaked feeding the horses. But I did a lot of housework on Friday and Saturday and fed 12 for Sunday lunch.

I'm having soup tonight because of 5-2 diet, OH is having smoked haddock because he loves it and I'm not so keen - unless it's in a fish pie with other fish as well.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 13:46

Having a very quiet day today, there are lots of things to do, but I'm not doing them.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 10:38

Morning all.

Glad you had a good time Dove. Food looked yummy in that restaurant. Hotel looked pricey!

http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-sieboldii.html  I bought one this autumn for a pot, it had flowers so I know it's right. Last time I bought a Clematis Sieboldii Florida it wasn't Florida, it had white flowers. Taylors say group 3, prune hard.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 18:46

I expect Chicky was looking lovely behind the camera!

I shall put my feet up in front of "Call the Midwife". I was nearly a midwife, but met first OH before I got started. He broke his leg. I was a nurse.

Teach an Old Garden New Tricks???!

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 16:41

Not always a good idea LF. I saw my old house last year after 15 years since I last saw it. Big garden, opened it to the public for leukaemia research. Now the rose garden is a tennis court, the veg garden has gone and so have most of the flower beds, some of which had some rare plants. No more rhododrendron walk by the ponds either, so now you can see the whole thing from the road, just grass and trees, and some of the trees I had planted had been cut down. The people who bought it after us looked after it beautifully, these are the newest people.

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