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Posted: 12/08/2014 at 16:30

Homer (who isn't) is lovely.

Welcome back Lesley. I hope your Dad is better soon.

Whats happening?

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 14:29

I was an ex-pat who was left alone. Husband died when I was 47, we'd been here13 years and had 3 children at University in Bordeaux and a son still at school. The first years were awful, but I've sorted myself out now and I'm still here and met a lovely man. When husband had chest pains he wrote me a letter to explain what to do in the event of the unthinkable, it was so useful.

Whats happening?

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 14:13

Really, when I think about it, I would probably be happy wherever I live so long as I have family, friends, a comfortable bed, a decent loo and my garden.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 11:05

That's a gorgeous flower, Fidget, love the yellow edging.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 11:03


Looks like a canna. Here's mine in a pot, but it's a red one.


Whats happening?

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 10:17

Hello Smokin Donkey. I think we've met here before. I live in Dordogne, next to Creuse where you are, near Périgueux. I had a friend who had horses in Creuse, but she's moved. It was wilder and even more countryish than Dordogne.

People say it's a bad summer, but I like it like this - not too hot and saves money and time on watering. But each time I've been to England this year the weather was lovely.

The French have been pretty good to us and my children have all married French people. I have 8 French/English grandchildren now. We moved here in 1985 when the children were small, the French schools were good, and free. The countryside is lovely. But I still love England. I suppose it depends where you go and who you meet. My family that we left behind all live in lovely parts of England.

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 09:57

I started a thread on this subject some time ago. Here are all the answers then  There are some interesting tales there, but there are people who have arrived since then so it would be nice to here their stories.

container plants prematurely dying

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 09:46

As hanging baskets and window boxes are quite small they need lots of watering, trimming, deadheading and feeding. Looks as though you have some antirrhinums that need deadheading in the window box. They should flower again when deadheaded. I don't think the choice of plants is wrong, certainly not the petunias, it's a question of maintenance. I've given up on hanging baskets because of the watering, I use bigger pots on the ground.


Posted: 12/08/2014 at 09:33

Morning all. The family, 6 adults 7 grandchildren (all staying with me which is why I haven't posted, chaos, noise!) have gone to the aquarium and alligator park. I may get to do some deadheading in between making fish pie and cheesecake for tonight.

Dordogne Damsel, did you mean me or is there another one here in Dordogne?

So sad about Robin Williams.

Strawberry Plants

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 14:54

You do have to renew them every few years, planting in a different place. Have you fed and watered them? Do the birds eat them? Slugs?

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