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Recently moved, new garden but no skills! Any suggestions....

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 22:55

If you like gardening then get rid of what you don't like and plant what you do like. If you don't like gardening then leave it, looks easy to maintain and not unpleasant.

Rosebed & Rockery

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 22:45

Having seen your rose place, I wouldn't worry about it. It looked fine to me. Some roses love sun. My Lady Emma Hamilton is in a pot on a sunny terrace and it's flowered almost none stop. I am going to put Pat Austin in a pot next to her. Paul's Scarlet Climber is on a hot sunny wall and it blooms amazingly. Your place wasn't totally full sun, there were trees, when I saw it it was fairly shady, end of afternoon. Soil looked good. Just don't let the roses dry out when we get a more typical hot Dordogne summer.

I am a bit off rockeries, having had one that got infested with bindweed. I think here it may get too hot and well drained. I would prefer a raised gravel bed with rock plants in it, if you really want alpines. They aren't so easy to find here as in the UK either - loads of common stuff like aubretia.


Posted: 28/09/2014 at 22:33

Clari, my plum tree leaves are falling off too, ditto the greengage. Thought it was because of autumn.

DD, I wonder where that nursery is. Why invitation only? Don't they want to sell plants?

Did lots of deadheading today. Watered a lot of the flower garden this evening, it was so dry, but now it's raining. OH has been ripping out a shrub bed that was planted over 20 years ago, cotoneaster horizontalis was scruffy with big dead bits and they was a horrid prickly bluish conifer spilling onto the path. It's been heavy going. He's gone to bed aching.


Posted: 27/09/2014 at 22:41

No, not the sofa, looked back - Panda pegged the washing machine on the line.


Posted: 27/09/2014 at 22:39

Panda must be very strong!


Posted: 27/09/2014 at 22:38

Was a busy day. Shifted manure, then OH wanted the tractor (garden one) and trailer so I sprayed the brambles in a paddock that is trying to turn back into forest. They've been cut several times, including by local farmer. Ground is very rocky, but horses' summer shelter is in that paddock and they need access to it. OH is having a clear out of a shrub bed that is past it's sell by date, also full of brambles. They will be dug out. Then I must think of which new shrubs I want and tell all my children before Christmas

Strictly 2014

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 22:28

Frankie was great and so graceful. Alison had a great sense of rhythm, but more like size 20+, pretty fit and full of energy though. Size 16 is now the average size of the UK woman.

Recording the weather in your garden

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 09:29

I used to write it on my kitchen calendar, but have forgotten in the last few years. I've only been noting exceptional or surprising weather.

Ideas for impact tree/bush

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 09:25

If you have bushes again your wife will have the same problem. What about a crab apple? Pretty blossom in spring, coloured fruits in autumn that you can make jelly with and feed the birds. Not too big and your wife would be able to see your daughter on the grass.

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 09:19

What a cute rat on previous page!

Dove, it was an Asp viper, I'd never heard of them at the time. He was allergic. But his leg swelled and was black and blue as well. He's OK now, has 2 daughters and plays rugby! It was very scarey though. The children's hospital in Bordeaux said there are about 25 deaths a year in France from Asp viper bites.

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