Posted: 20/07/2014 at 17:29
Hello, I met Jap 3 on her other thread about an overgrown garden in France. I'm about 1hr 20 south of Limoges, but I think Jap 3 must be east of me. We are probably less than an hour apart.
You are lucky having Gamme Vert and iplayer, I have Jardiland and no iplayer.
February is not usually warm, often cold. Mild wet winter this year. We have snow sometimes and it's usually colder in the winter than in the UK. Weather can be very variable and different from year to year. This summer is cooler than usual. I hate it too hot when there is a drought. But once it warms up things grow very quickly, especially the weeds! Weeds, slugs and insects are bigger here.
I have the herbaceous phlomis, I pull out the spreading roots, but it sounds as though yours is the shrubby one. I have echinops, I remove the excess seedlings, same with euphorbia, but there are lots of different types of euphorbia. I have a small one with spreading roots too which I pull out. If there's too much of something and you don't want it you just have to be ruthless. I would leave the roses until a mild day in winter then you can give them a good prune.