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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?


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 14:43


Hello all. Sounds like you had a good night last night.

It's been thunderstorming, raining and muggy here on and off. I slept badly, too hot then too cold.

This is what we did this morning, grooming followed by horsey rides.




Posted: 08/08/2014 at 18:25

Hello Janetclaire, Lily's not the only sensible one, there's me too.

Just had huge storm. We now have 8 adults and 7 grandchildren in the house, was hoping to do a BBQ on the terrace.

David, is the whole house dog and cat free? Is there not a corner in a utility room that could be a dog bedroom? They must find it pretty hard to find somewhere to stay that lets dogs on the beds.


Posted: 08/08/2014 at 09:39

Morning all.

Off to make bread and marinade chicken to feed the hoardes.


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 21:11

Just been walking about with crying baby granddaughter, 3 weeks old. Son and DIL have been trying to settle other gd aged 2 1/2. Daughters x 2 and GC x 5 arrive tomorrow. May not have time to be on here!

Today went to help other son tidy his garden for his baby's baptism party. I removed loads of brambles from his shrubs. Ouch, stinging nettles too. OH mowed his grass, big garden. Tired.

Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 17:54

Thanks Bizzie B. For anyone popping in there is a new thread for gardens we have visited for 2014.

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