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Posted: 02/04/2013 at 23:18


OH has a lovely wooden shed, bought last year. We painted it and I planted clematis on 2 sides. In this photo (which some of you have seen already and are probably getting fed-up with!) you can see a clematis which looks very sad, but it's coming into bud now, a Montana. He keeps it beautifully tidy. I have a lean to behind the garage for tools, it's always a mess and I have the GH, which is usually a mess too, but at the moment it's full of baby plants.

What tree is this?

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 19:09

Hello Bob, think you must mean to the right of the door, looks like a hydrangea. One on the left of the door isn't a fig. Pretty cottage.

Stupid weather!

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 17:43

Doesn't it depend whether you have perennial ones or bedding ones? The bedding antirrhinums should not be planted out until risk of frost is over. Here's advice on growing from the RHS.

What tree is this?

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 17:20

It will need attaching to wires or trellis, it doesn't dig into bricks like ivy. Here is an article about it.

Help! What colour should I paint my fence?

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 17:13

We painted our shed with Cuprinol Garden Shades "Willow" and I like it, but it's really a matter of personal taste.


What tree is this?

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 16:59

Could the one in your photo be a solanum crispum? It has rounder clusters of flowers than wisteria and oval leaves. May need winter protection but should be OK on a South wall. Here is a photo of a vigorous one in full flower.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 11:13

It was lovely yesterday, got lots done in the flower garden. Raining today, was going to work in veggie garden. It will have to be greenhouse.

The average gardener

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 10:37

I'm not average because I live in France! I read an article in magazine that said all ex-pats are a bit strange because "normal" people don't leave their country. But, it was my OH's (at that time) idea and I propbably would have gone back to England if my children weren't living in France. But I don't want a French garden full of topiary! I want flowers and lawns!


Posted: 02/04/2013 at 10:30

Morning all. Raining here. Was going to plant potatoes, need to re-think. French marigolds ready to prick out but that won't take long.

Flo that sounds good, will we get a pic on garden gallery when it's done?

Lawn problem

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 10:24

Has your grass started growing yet? It may be that the roots are still there and it will come back with the warmer weather. We had a terrible heatwave and drought in 2003 where I live in SW France. My lawn didn't all recover. I gave it a good raking to make a bit of a tilth in the autumn, then mixed grass seed with compost and threw it all over the earth. It worked! Is your lawn compacted after all this wet? You make need to stick a fork in it and wiggle it a bit at regular intervals all over your patch to aerate it, before chucking seed and compost (if that's what you decide to do having seen other people's advice).

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