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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 16:57

I think gardening and talking about it help many of us on here. Nearly 15 years ago my husband died (some of you may know already) leaving me with 3 children at university and 1 at school, I was 47. We were living here in France. I was like a zombie the first year and for 2 or 3 years I neglected the garden. Then I became interested again. One thing that helped as well was my mad horse, Hannah, who I don't ride any more because I don't want to die anymore! She's lovely and affectionate but terrified riding out.

I never really wanted to live in France, I love England and all my friends and family were there, but I've grown to love France too. I'm very lucky, I met a lovely man 3 years ago and I have a lovely house and garden, but I'm still homesick for England, which is why we go there on holiday, also we visit friends and family of course.

Anyway, it's good to write to people who like gardens too and to exchange views. The French aren't quite the same and the language, although I'm fairly fluent does make a barrier. So thank you everyone for being there.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 15:27

I won't cut hard at the moment as the top half is fine and she's need her leaves for nourishment.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 15:25

It's funny the way some plants go for a walk around the garden to find where they would rather be! My Phlomis Russeliana has done that, but I'm happy with where it's decided to go. The other place was getting too shady where a tree has grown. Planning on putting Hostas and Epimedium there next March/April. My Monardas sometimes disappear only to pop up again another year. My autumn raspberries go walkabout too, so the veggie garden is sometimes planned around them.

My Madonna lilies were magnificent for 2 years, then the dreaded lily beetle arrived. I often can't find the beetles, I know they drop off when disturbed, but the lilies are eaten.

Don't know Haquetia, see it likes moisture, which you must have as you tried Gunnera and Tricyrtis. I have Tricyrtis is a shady damp place, but the deer have discovered it so that's probably the end of it. I lack damp, shady places. With beds above walls and the normal Dordogne summer my garden tends to be warm and well drained. This summer warmth hasn't happened yet!

Summer has arrived

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 12:19

I had to dig up my Tess of the d'Urbervilles, beautiful crimson, because the deer were killing her. I put her in a pot 2 years ago and she make a great recovery and now the blasted deer have found her again, right near the house and she has a bare bottom.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 12:17

Oh dear Fidgetbones, you are in the wars, hope it heals quickly.

Was hoping to buy anmone White Swan in England, but didn't find it, bought a double pink one instead.

That looks heaps better Andy.

Went to the Doc, have pulled muscle in back, nuisance have lots I wanted to do outside. He said too much gardening!


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 12:10

WW, the tree is a robinia, it's been snowing white petals on the lawn in the photo. It's an old French farmhouse and part of the garden used to be the farmyard. I've been told the bit where the sundial is used to have a barn on it. It slopes so it's on different levels with walls in between. When we bought it in 1990 there wasn't a garden, just brambles, nettles, bindweed (the bane of my life!) and grass.  We had some earth delivered and the lawns flattened and sown, we were busy with 4 children and decoating the house as it hadn't been lived in for 6 years. Then I made the garden.

When we lived in Kent I used to buy a lot of plants from Beth Chatto and I've chatted with her on the phone years ago. I opened that garden to the public for leukaemia research.

Am at a bit of a loose end today as I overdid the weeding when we got back from England and I've pulled a muscle in my back.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 09:14

Keen, there are photos of some of our gardens on this thread, but perhaps you have seen it already.

Here is a view of part of my garden from a bedroom window. This is the main flower bit as it is fenced against the deer. The lower part has to have plants that deer don't eat and the veg garden on the other side of the house is fenced too.



Posted: 04/07/2013 at 09:05

Hello Keen. I've just found this post as I've just come back from visiting England and gardens, on holiday. I have a garden a bit over an acre in France (Dordogne) which I'm trying to do English style, but there are more extremes of weather here and the soil was limestone with clay pockets.

This thread seems to have got very long very quickly, it's taken some time to read and there are old friends from other threads on it.

If anyone would like to see the gardens I saw they are on this thread   Some of you will have seen it already. I bought a lovely book at Great Dixter called "Dear Friend & Gardener with correspondence between Beth Chatto and Christopher Lloyd.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 08:36

Morning all. Bev, did you mean Brumbull or Blackest?

Back is really aching, it was bad yesterday too. I had so much I wanted to do while I don't have to make meals as OH is away for old boys reunion at his old university. Perhaps it was digging up the perpetual spinach from last year in hard earth. Have to go to the Doc anyway for tetanus jab.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 23:00

Hello Blackest, we were wondering where you'd gone.

Done too much gardening, the weeds grew a lot while we were away, and cutting down and tying up and digging out (last year's perpetual spinach). Now I've done my back in. It'll have a rest tomorrow, rain, and I'm going to a meeting in Bergerac.

Sorry to hear about your shunt FB. Hope it all gets sorted out and neck is OK.

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