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Love your garden

Posted: Today at 09:45

If you missed the programme and wondered what everone was on about, it is repeated on Sunday on ITV1 and ITV +1.

I think they should intermingle the shows with out of a hat who has there garden made over, not always the really sad story....

Young Olive Tree

Posted: Yesterday at 23:07

Hi Chrissie

i managed to pu t a short video on youtube on how to report an Olive tree- it took two days to laod but eventually. 

You should be able to view it by typing into google - youtube repotting an olive tree gardeners world

Remember it is an amateur video, never done it before and had my galaxy tablet balanced on its end- so the vdieo looks like it was done through a postbox- i don't mind as it leaves me out of shot- only my arms and hands are visible.......

Happy Growing

My tropical garden

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 07:52

Would love to see some photos of tropical gardens, too cold up north for one....

Perennials Taking Over

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 07:44

Which reminds me Monty Don's French Gardens is on BBC2 8.39 this morning.

Do you miss Fridays G W in France.  I couldn't get iplayer etc when we were in France - I was told it was barred from abroad- is that correct?


Perennials Taking Over

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 07:29

Will you get much frost in France?  Obviously plenty of rain going by the growth rate.  My echinops this and last year are 7 ft tall.

We have just got back from France house hunting in the midi-pyrennes, the weather was poor. Will be going for a long weekend for another viewing.

I assume the plants will be the same in France as everywhere seems very green, and the conditions similar.  In June did see a wisteria in full bloom with a hydrangea beneath it, a second flowering for the wisteria I was told.

Are there many places to buy plants in France, only saw one on my travels, and are the prices similar.  I often buy some excellent perennials from Morrisons and bought a lovely salvia from Tescos- didnt see any plants in the intermarche supermarkets!

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 14:25


If you check the post re Stumperies-it is on page 2 - I have left details of a video on youtube showing how to create a pond and a stumpery, - it is a TV progammes Great Gardens Revival and the whole epsiode is Ponds and Stumperies- gives some good ideas and things to consider.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 14:19

Hi Lily3

I have just got back from a week in France looking to make a move or initially part-time/by buying a holiday home to let, then  move to France.  the region we are looking at is the midi-pyrennes near St Girons Ariege area with a view to taking early retirement. Scary, big move and big country to find the right location.  Based int he north flying in is the only option.

Now, that you have been there for 16 months are you living the dream?  Settled, missing tescos and corination Street?  Mine is to relax, enjoy the mountain views from my french home, potter in the garden and a partime job would be good... french at school not being my strong point would would love to mix, and take up the language..  Having a gite to rent out to bring in some income was the thought. Or an occasional garden design job, if the french arenn't too shabby chic... with their gardens. Although very few brits holidaying or living in this area it would seem- so not sure how successful a holdiay let would be in the Ariege area of midi-pyrennes????

Are you living the dream you originally thought about or is it all so different?  I've noticed a few brits on this site are now in France- love to hear your reviews , lifestyle compared to UK, thoughts and reasons for moving there.  Good or bad love to hear.



Posted: 18/07/2014 at 09:35


I am just about to start my new project- a stumpery next to the yet to be dug bog garden.  Have made several hint to the other half but looks as though I will be digging this weekend, will line with heavy duty polythene and puncture some holes in it.

have a rheum, ferns, caltha etc.

Re a great url to see re stumperies, i redcored a TV programme on Ponds and Stumperies, thought I would upload to youtube, but it is already there.

If you google:

youtube garden revival stumperies

A great recently made programmes on ponds and stumperies, by Charlie Dimmock and Chris Beardshaw.

I don't know how to upload a long programme as thought you could only upload 15 minutes, I know this as I created a video for the first time (care and repotting of an olive tree) and uploaded it earlier this week.  It took 2 days to upload. I recorded my video on a galaxy  tablet and it looks as though I filmed it through a letterbox... the good news for me is you can only see the olive tree, large pot and my arms!...... oh and the Yorkshsire accent.....

Do post some photos of your stumpery, and better still why not have a go at creating a video on you doing it...............

himalayan poppy

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 15:51


Mine did the same, then died and disappeared, I believe its because they prefer an acid rather than alkaline soil.  However I am sure I added some ericaeous compost....and peat. Maybe it has been too hot over the last few weeks and it has killed them off....

They were growing well in the remarkable gardens at Skipton, North Yorkshire- they must have been 5 foot high.  Parcevall Hall Gardens are a renowned historic plantsmans garden located at the heart of Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park- well worth a visit- the best garden I have been to.

Young Olive Tree

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 15:44

dizzy me forgot to add the photos.  Also Chrissie- see the other link to the Olive tree which offers some great advise from Dove form above, discodave and several others.


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