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Posted: 28/04/2015 at 16:43

Didn't get time to post earlier.

Disaster this morning. The children had a guinea pig and a rabbit that have lived in a tough cage in the fenced garden for the last 3 or 4 years. A badger has visited in the night and taken them. The cage is destroyed, holes have been dug in the garden and there is a hole burrowed under the fence with a big poo (not fox) by it. Floods of tears. But then the sewage lorry arrived and took their minds off it. We went up the lane, boys on their bikes, to watch the men emptying the sewage tank for the hamlet. Bit smelly, but boys seemed to enjoy it!

Now I'm home, other Granny has taken over.

Two more plant IDs please

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 21:58

My eyes see pink too, Nut.

Favourite "Weed"

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 21:44

Years ago, when my children were children, we went on a little train up a French mountain, think it could have been Mont Blanc. There was a sea of gorgeous pink - Rosebay Willowherb, loved it, so beautiful. But it doesn't like my garden, too dry in summer.


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 20:58

I have a Nelly Moser that has lived in a large pot for years. They do need extra feeding and watering though.

Newly planted leylandi dead?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 20:55

I was just thinking you'd had a lucky escape, Leylandii yuk. Enormous thugs. Thuya would be better.


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 20:53

I'm not nuts KEF, I'm boringly sensible

Dordogne is the opposite of Cornwall, too cold in winter, too hot in summer, alkali soil.

Grandsons are all in bed, phew!

Plant Id

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 20:47

I'm afraid to say I agree, get rid.


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 20:46

You could do with a book on shrubs. That could give you an idea, then Google them to find out more. There are a lot of spring and early summer flowering ones, such as lilac (normal and the little leaf one), forsythia (if you like yellow, some don't), deutzia (many sorts, small pink to big white), philadelphus (white, tall, perfumed), weigela (pink, red, variegated, kolkwitzia. Also shrubs with different leaf colours, such as Choisya (ternata has evergreen shiny green leaves, Sundance has evergreen shiny golden leaves, Aztec Pearl has evergreen smaller green leaves, masses of white flowers in spring), Sambuccus Nigra Black Lace, euonymus with variegated leaves.

For later summer and Autumn there is Fuschia Riccartonia which is a hardy fuschia, Ceanothus Gloire de Versailles (may need a sheltered spot, buddleias, Vitex agnus-castus (grows quite big), Caryopteris (not big)

It also depends on soil, all the above grow in my rather alkali soil. Many other shrubs for acid soil. It depends on light and sun and dry or moist. So there is a lot to find out! But fun doing it.

All shrubs need extra watering the first year until they become established. Most will need some sort of pruning, late flowerers in early spring and early flowerers after flowering.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 20:27

Barbara Jackman is so lovely, delicate and rather shy with her beautiful drooping heads.

Planting out my Broad Beans

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 16:28

I sowed Aquadulce outside in early March and they are growing well. They have survived several frosts and so have the ones that I sowed in February in the GH and planted out in March, having hardened them off during a few mild days.

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