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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 19:08

Finished digging the hole for "Teasing Georgia". Quite a job as rocks had to be dug up and the underneath soil wasn't very good. Added lots of rotted manure. Planted the rose. It's to grow up a stone pillar. Then cut off the old leaves off the Hellebores and an Epimedium.

Never seen an earth star before, or even heard of one.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 13:18

They hunt deer, wild boar, foxes, birds, but seem to have different days for different animals, nearly always Sundays, and limited numbers of some animals, like deer. Each village is allocated what they are allowed.

Are you gardening in France too?

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 13:15

I live in France too, but not the same situation. Dordogne, on a belt of limestone that runs through the middle of it from left to right. Means topsoil is thin, poor and alkaline. Last winter was very wet, but usually it's like England but colder. Summer gets into late 20s early 30s with rain sometimes and thunderstorms, but still have to water as it's not enough. I live here all year round so easier for me than for you.

It can be hard finding plants that like hot and dry in summer and cold and wet, even snow in winter. Sorry I can't be of much help, the hardest thing for you is that you aren't there enough for the plants. But some plants  do survive without much care here, aubretia, yellow allysum, iberis (the perennial one) http://www.perennials.com/plants/ceratostigma-plumbaginoides.html     http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/geranium-macrorrhizum-bevans-variety/classid.2840/ 

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 12:53

I'm amazed to see that you still have hebes in flower. I always lose them in winter, but it's been -8° here several times already. Rarely see gooseberries in France, or Rhubarb.

I think Flumpy and I must have the same taste in TV programmes!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 12:43

How horrid for you Lesley, you must be more than slightly miffed. Better go and plant a tall thick hedge.

Dog walk is off. The woods around me are full of huntsmen with guns and dogs, it's making my dog nervous. A baying hound with a bell round it's neck passed in front of the garage.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 08:42

Good morning all. Quiet day planned. Had coffee.

Potatoes

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 22:53

I don't buy them until about 6 weeks before I plant them (late March, early April) so that would be 2nd half of February.

**NOT GETTING ANY EMAIL NOTIFICATION FROM MY THREADS?**

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 22:50

I haven't had any notifications for several months. Has always been a bit on and off.

apple trees

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 22:48

I would cut the upward branches to an outward facing bud and hope that they would grow outwards to make more of a cup shape. My trees were old and unpruned but we took 2 years to cut the old branches to a better shape and remove some of them as we were worried about the shock to the trees. They look a lot better now.

RABBITS

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 22:43

This site has a list http://www.complete-gardens.co.uk/online/online-gardening-plant-solutions-category.php?cat=15

My problem was deer, partially solved by high fencing.

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