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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Toscana Strawberries

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 15:48

I have just bought some, mail order, for the first time. They are nice healthy little plants to plant in a pot. Looked good in the brochure, with unusual pink flowers. Here's hoping!

Those wonderful blue salvias

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 15:43

I saw lots of Salvia Patens in Hidcote Garden some years ago and wanted them, but I couldn't find them here in France until fairly recently. I tried a few from the GC which were rather spindly and quite expensive. They didn't do very well, nothing like the Hidcote ones and they had much paler flowers.

Evergreen fast growing shrubs

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 15:39

Elaeagnus Gilt Edge, Cotoneaster Franchetti (berries for the birds), and I like Photinia Red Robin, already suggested. They are all evergreen. Make sure you improve the soil after removing conifers, they leave dry acid soil behind them. Add lots of compost. Here's a site with masses of hedges on it.


Posted: 04/04/2013 at 15:18

I liked the Woodentops. I got into gardening early - I liked "Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men", litle weed was my favourite. She isn't now, I keep digging up her relatives!

Fork Handles

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 08:26

Morning all. Sweet peas don't work very well here, too hot in summer and I don't get time to deadhead! But I won a prize at the village show for them when we lived in England.

Busy day today, going shopping in a minute. Making tea for 30 tomorrow. Making cakes this afternoon.

Another "Guess the plant" Thread

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 22:57

I agree. This shows the leaves of viburnum tinus.


GardenIng jokes

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 22:48

A mother found her small child eating a slug. "Oh no" she said, trying to wipe the infant's mouth. Then she couldn't resist asking "what did it taste like?" "Worms" said the child.

Bee spotting

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 22:40

I saw quite a few bees in my garden a couple of days ago, bumblebees and a few honey bees, but I live in SW France. The plum and cherry trees are covered in flower buds and the peach tree is flowering so I hope there will be enough bees. Last year we had a huge frost followed by about 3 weeks of rain and there was hardly any fruit.

MOB rants

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 22:35

Are you two, Frank and Fairygirl, really father and daughter?

Fork Handles

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 22:27

When we lived in England our house was listed (in Kent). We were allowed a conservatory on condition it was in oak and brick with leaded light windows. But that was 1982.

Discussions started by Busy-Lizzie

Garden Gallery 2014

photos of our gardens 
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Does anyone recognise this cactus like plant?

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Thank you to Tech team

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Changing avator picture

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Trouble typing on some of the threads

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Gardens we have visited 2013

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no emails as well as small text

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Cleaning greenhouses

What product to clean greenhouse 
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Rose pruning and frost

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why do everyones reviews say they've reviewed 1237 plants 
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Why did you all start gardening?

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uploading photos

Can't upload photos anymore 
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