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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

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.

Ground Elder

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 15:37

Glyphosate is about the only way to go. If the ground elder is actually in the roots of other plants you will have to dig them up and rinse the roots, pot on in fresh compost then work on getting rid of the ground elder in the bed. Sorry! That's if you want to get rid of it properly.

orchid compost

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 15:34

How does it look? Last time I bought some there was a lot of lumpy bark in it, but then orchids grow in trees.

Planting out seedlings

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 15:33

I think they would all suffer, but as the farmers here (Dordogne) have just sown maize, perhaps sweetcorn is the hardiest. Quite cool here at the moment.


Posted: 27/04/2015 at 15:30

Hello, Clarice, welcome to the forum, I'm in Dordogne, cold winters, hot summers, can rain very hard. Well done for taking the plunge!  I use a laptop so the smileys work.

I answered your question about posting photos on other thread, but I've never used an ipad so hope you can work something out.

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