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Posted: 18/10/2014 at 14:11

Wow Fidget - what a great photo!

Dordogne Damsel said "my gardening advisers all seem to have had bad experiences with DA roses". All except me, if I count. What you have to remember is that they were bred in England which is cooler and damper than here. So they will need regular watering, here in summer, unless it's a real downpour, there isn't enough rain to keep the ground moist without watering. Where I am the soil is poor - yours is better further north, so they need regular feeding. My daughter near Poitiers has had success with them.

Spent 2 hours mucking out the horses' summer shelter, they'd pulled the hay all over the place and trampled and pooed in it. I don't do it regularly as it's some way from the house and has an earth floor. Usually the farmer does it with his tractor. Now must go and bang in some fence posts and replace some of the electric ribbon. Preparing to stay with daughter, only 2 days, but OH isn't horsey so don't want to leave him that sort of job.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 23:53

Lovely photos, Punkdoc, Lesley and Wintersong.

Mature Roses

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 23:39

I did what Dave above said to 2 old roses, over 20 years old, one is Penelope and they've grown back bushily. I hadn't dared prune them before because I had a problem with deer eating the lower shoots. OH then fenced the flower garden so I cut the roses right down last spring.


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 23:35

Welcome back, Pentillie.

I'm on Granny duty on Monday and Tuesday. Going to stay with daughter and 3 grandsons near Poitiers.

We had curry tonight, too.

Growing fennel bulbs...

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 12:04

I shan't bother any more, they all bolted for the second time, despite lots of watering. It's not because of lack of warmth because I live in Dordogne. They sell super fennel in the supermarket.


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 12:00

I hope I never meet a seasnake!

I'm in the middle of cutting down a lot of the 20 year old, never been pruned, honeysuckle by the front door. Keep having to come in as I keep getting bits in my eyes. It's a tangle of dead wood in the middle. It's helped block the guttering on the porch so that water pour down when it rains and there are logs stored there.

Talkback: Plants for dry shade

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 09:06

I am also surprised that astrantias have been included. They like some shade but they don't like being dry. I have found this from experience and all the growing instructions I've read say moist soil.


Posted: 17/10/2014 at 08:54

Morning all. Blue sky, but garden is sodden after last night's rain.

Can't go to supermarket early (even if I got up in time, which I don't), as it doesn't open until 8.30am. Why do people always stand with their trolleys and chat in the narrowest aisles?

unidentified veg

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 22:32


Posted: 16/10/2014 at 15:01

Oh dear Fidget! Hope they don't eat Lyn's. One year the mice ate my anemones.

It's really pouring. Looked out of upstairs window and realised a lot of gutters need cleaning out, including the garage ones. Left my sown sweet peas in open cold frame, hope they don't rot, not going out in that to rescue them.

Had lunch on sofa, then felt too fidgety to watch telly so lit woodburner and cleaned the sitting room. But when I took a log out of woodpile by the burner a load of huge ants fell out of the bark  Had to spray them and hoover them up. Wonder how many more there are in the pile? Did I carry them all in?

Now shall go and sit in nice clean sitting room and watch "Escape to the Country".

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