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Can anyone recommend a Jamine for me?

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 18:12

The only white flowered evergreen jasmine I can think of is Trachelospermum jasminoides, but it needs a sheltered spot. Having said that, mine has survived -7°. It looked a bit unhappy one cold winter and lost leaves but when spring came it grew back.

I built a cat toilet

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 18:07

Sounds like a good idea.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 18:04

Thanks Wintersong.

Have been in garden this afties. Pruned the big grape vine, almost too late. Pruned the New Dawn rose and Rosa Complicata and 2 clematis. Princess Diana was making shoots under the tangle of stems, about 18ins from the ground, so that's where I cut her to, Group 3.
OH has mown the flower garden lawn, looks so much better.

Will have to make a new rubbish tip for things like rose prunings. We always put them on the bonfire but the woman in the Mairie has told me that all garden bonfires have been banned in France. They say because of pollution.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 12:41

Hello floralies. I see you live a lot further south than me, in the Spain direction. I'm in Dordogne, near Périgueux. I didn't know Hayloft delivered here. Have you seen the Promesses des Fleurs site? The plants I ordered were OK.


I use another French site for plug plants which arrive in good condition.


Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 10:53

 This is the Rebecca that I saw at the Malvern Show, but it was in the marquee, lit by electric light. I would call it bright crimson. The flowers were huge, photo doesn't do it justice.

Thanks for the tip, Wintersong. The place I was thinking of is in the sun. need to re-think. I wonder if Taylor's deliver to France? Will have a look.


Posted: 29/02/2016 at 10:43

Morning all.

Glad your neck is feeling a bit better, Dove.

That's a pretty bird, Pat. When you first mentioned skinks I thought they were something cute and furry so I looked them up. That was a surprise!

Welcome home the Fidgets.

Plan this afternoon is to do some rose pruning.

Pruning roses this year

Posted: 29/02/2016 at 10:36

If they really are Hybrid Teas (usually have one flower on each stem), then you can cut it low like in my photo and you can also cut out a couple of the thickest, oldest stems to encourage new growth. For Floribundas (clusters of flowers on the stems) then don't cut them so short. Then give them some rose fertiliser. They like a mulch of well rotted manure or compost as well.  Pruning and feeding and watering in dry spells will encourage the spindly ones to make more growth.

But I was wondering if the rose in your picture could be "Queen Elizabeth", which is a tall Floribunda and can make 6 - 7 feet tall. If it is, I would prune her to about 2 feet tall. Hybrid teas are generally 2 1/2 feet to 4 feet tall.


Posted: 28/02/2016 at 22:44

I enjoyed the Night Manager, don't ask me what it's about, but I find it quite gripping!

I live in SW France and the lawn is too wet to mow. But snowdrops are nearly over and daffodils are coming out. Earlier than usual. I actually have a clump of bluebells out at the bottom of the drive, they usually flower in early April!

Pruning roses this year

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 22:38


Hybrid Teas should be pruned quite hard so that they look something like the one in the photo. Cut out dead wood, stems that cross over and rub each other and spindly stems. Cut at an angle just above an outward facing bud. You can cut down to 6 - 8 inches tall. Floribundas a bit taller, about a foot. David Austin bush roses cut about a third off the height.

In the south you can start in February, in the north in March, but not in a cold spell when it's frosty.


Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 18:47

That hellebore is a lovely colour, Lesley.

My snowdrops are almost over.

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