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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.

how to

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 17:22

If you are using a laptop then you can click Control and the letter c together for copy and control and v together for paste. So you go to the bar right at the top, mine's on the left, and put the cursor (little arrow) at the end of the web address, click and it should go blue (well, mine does) then hold Control and c together, click. Then when you are where you want it copied hold Control and v together and click and it should appear.

Or you can do what Paula suggests.

Mystery Bush

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 17:15

I think it is a deutzia. A double flowered one. Here is a link about pruning. General rule is after flowering.

http://www.gardenseeker.com/pruning/pruning_deutzia.htm

Clemaitis lovers - please identify

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 17:10

What a shame, it was so pretty. But I have a double white clematis which I haven't seen for two years and it's popped up again! It was supposed to be a Florida with a purple middle, but it turned out to be Florida Alba Plena.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27548.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 

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