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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 22:13

Agde is about 450 kms and 5 hours drive away. France is so much bigger than England. My daughter lives in the north of France and that's over 7 hours drive, I take longer because of stops.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 20:40

Hi Zoomer. Agde is the proper South of France, on the Med. sea. I'm south west and 3hours from the west coast - much colder here in winter. But summer can be hot, and longer than in the UK. Last winter it went down to -17°! It's nearer the Massif Central  than the sea, where people go skiing.

Fork Handles

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 19:28

I've been very naughty. OH went to choir early tonight so I nipped off to GC where they had 3 lavender Grosso for the price of 2 and clematis at 5€ off - bought 3 of each. Then I went back to that supermarket where they had shrubs at £3.40ish so I bought a deutzia rosea and another hebe of a different variety. And a variegated Daphne which was more expensive.  Now I'll have to make another bed! There's a fallen greengage tree which will probably die but it hasn't yet so I'll do the bed around that and let the clematis scramble through the branches. If the tree does die I'll cut off the small branches and leave it as clematis support.

That's a pretty Pieris Deano. Can't grow them here except in pots, got limestone.

Front garden very uninteresting

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 15:29

Loropetalum, but it needs winter protection. I answered on FH, but I'd said the berberis that you mention here, if it's the purple one. Nandina Domestica "Fire Power". I'd also suggested Photinia Red Robin, but it may be too tall. If you want a small red tree for somewhere there is Cercis Forest Pansy, I love it.

How do I chit sprouted Poatoes?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 15:22

Pebble Garden why are you not growing potatoes in the ground? Is it because your garden is the same as your name? You can grow many more and more successfully in the ground, but if you don't have the space you do have the option of growing them in bags.

Suitable plants for shallow trough

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 15:17

Sorry, Kenc3, I don't understand sweet peas or honeysuckle for someone who wants short plants. They are tall and need much more room for the roots than 15cms which is only 6 inches.

Swiss Sue's campanulas look lovely.

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Posted: 13/03/2013 at 15:09

I never soak morning glory and they germinate well, but not growing them this year, first time for ages. Going to try black-eyed Susan from plug plants.

Loropetalum, but needs winter protection. Photinia, but may grow too big. Nandina domestica. Berberis atropurpurea nana.

Don't think people milk by hand anymore! We had a house cow, Jersey. When we came to France no where sold Fresh milk or cream. It was all sterilised so we grew our own! I had kept Jerseys before, though, in England. 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 13:36

Looks mighty chilly at your place.

How tidy is your garden?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 12:45

Lyn, it looks like you're doing a pretty good job. What lovely views you have. You good post your pictures in the "garden gallery" thread. Lots of people have been looking at that and your garden is well worth looking at. Lovely snowdrops. I'm aiming for that but it takes a while.

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Posted: 13/03/2013 at 12:39

Brummie Ben, Sue has carpel tunnel, I had tendonitis from milking, years ago. I now have osteoarthritis in thumbs. Hope the Doc does something successful with Sue's.

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