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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 22:23

Gosh, you get about John! Lovely clear photos which enlarged well. Herb bed looking very good.

Sick roses

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 18:41

You may have to resort to something like "Fungus Clear". It doesn't have a pesticide in it anyway.

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 18:37

I better get my coat before I start, except it's too hot!

I don't mind the kitchen ads.  You don't have to look at them. I have a perfectly OK kitchen, made over 20 years ago to my and my OH's design by a local carpenter, so I'm not looking for a new one. But I do like looking at kitchens and kitchen web sites. Just for fun. They won't earn anything from me, I'm in France anyway. There was a lovely one, all wood. Here in France the current kitchen designs are bright red, shiny shocking pink or black with glass work surfaces. I hate them! It's interesting seeing the differences in taste in the two countries.

Ice cold winters and red hot summers

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 09:39

I live in France. Here it has been down to -17° in winter and up to 35°. My shrubs that have survived without problem are - Forsythia, Weigela, Kolkwitzia, Kerria Japonica, Viburnums, Cotoneasters, Berberis, Deutzia, Philadelphus, Caryopteris, several different Spireas, including Anthony Waterer and Bridal Wreath, Exocorda The Bride, Choisya (sometimes a bit of frost burn, but recovers in summer), Buddleia and Pyracantha. I probably have others, but that is what I can remember.

Preparing heavy clay soil for first planting

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 09:31

If it were in a flower bed I would say add as much compost and manure as you can lay your hands on, but for a big area like a lawn that may not be so easy. Do you have a rotavator? I had the same problem in part of my garden years ago. I rotavated and raked, not easy. So when I needed to do the next bit I had a lorry load of top soil delivered. It was hard work shovelling and raking it out, but so much easier than trying to break down clay.

BLACKSPOTS

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 09:25

Blackspot is worse if you live in an area with pure air. If lichen grows on your apple trees then the air is pure! I wouldn't want to put any ash around roses apart from wood ash.

Begonia F1 Mocca

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 22:36

Read about mocca begonias here http://www.shootgardening.co.uk/plant/begonia-nonstop-mocca    They are not hardy in winter but can be stored as they are perennial.

Antirrhinums can be annual or perennial. The colourful bedding ones are usually treated as annuals.

Plants to be potted at the front of a house.

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 22:27

But as they are in pots don't forget to water and feed them.

what is this please?

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 22:26

Yucca. New Zealand Flax and Phormium are the same thing, but not the one in your photo. Totally different flower.

Blueberry problems

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 17:28

I don't really know why one fruits and the others don't, but I do know they need watering only with rain water and planting in ericaceous compost and feeding for acid loving plants. The other thing is that if you have 2 or more different varieties they produce much more fruit, something to do with cross-pollination.

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