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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.


Olive Tree care indoors....losing it leaves- what am I doing wrong?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 15:37

The close-up of the flowers which will hoepfully turn into olives- fingers crossed... anyone in the UK with Olives on their Olive tree?, or France.....any photos?

Olive Tree care indoors....losing it leaves- what am I doing wrong?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 14:01

Found my orignal posting, so as an update the olive tree is amazing this year, I took the advise from Matty2, BusyBee 2, Dove from above, and Foodie 40.  I left it in the south-facing very open porch and kept it nearly dry all winter.  I was going to bubblewrap the pot but we only had frost about 4 times.  It has rewarded me with lots of leaves and flowers, and didn't shed any leaves during winter.

I have just made a video of the repotting to go on youtube for our gardening club.  I repotted as per advise - repotted it into gritty compost with some JI, and will not put it indoors again.  Sited it against a heat retaining red-brick house wall hoping the flowers will turn to olives!

photo attached, not sure my position agiant the hous


e wall shows off it's best attributes....


Young Olive Tree

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:20

I kept my standard Olive tree ouside in an open porch hardly watered, and it is now thriving, it is covered in flowers, but being inthe UK not expecting Olives- however may be if Chrissie gets some my flowers may turn to olive.

I had it bought in June 2012, and kept it indoors till May of 2013, but it gradually lsot about 90% of its leaves, but once out in the south-facing garden it started to sprout new leaves, no flowers.

This year it is amazing, lots of leaves and flowers- photo attached. and this morning I have repotted it as it was top heavy and always falling inthe wind.  I have made a video of it to post on youtube for our gardening club (new incentive- we are doing videos to share our tips, do demos etc), but I haven't managed to get it to upload. 

Ofcourse, doing it on the tablet so not sure how to do it, it would appear i am uploading it twice, 16% and 28% after about 3 hours, and it seems impossible to cancel.  Our slow Broadband link could be the problem!  If anyone knows how to do it- let me know....

Mine was already grown as a standard, was on half price special offer -was £15 from Morrisons supermarket and is about 7ft tall!

RHS Harlow Carr at Harrogate keep their's outside but as they have had no protection they are sparse in the leaf department... A cold greenhouse would be good if you don't ahve a porch. 

Plant ID white ponpom Clematis

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 16:19


I've lost the label of this one- white huge round pompom, sturdy flowers, not quite a ball but not far off- 4 inches across.  The photo was taken today, and the flower is fading.

It is about 5ft tall and about 4 years old- when should I prune it? has been flowering May until now.       



Anyone have a cardiocrinum giganteum in flower yet?any photos?

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 21:43

Great news- the Cardiocrinum which I had bought last year (about £10) from the Plant Hunters garden in Scotland, that takes 7 years to flower from bulb- is about to flower this year.  The bud which the other day looked to be only new leaves, is now looking like lily flower heads.

Even with all this rain 2 lily beetles were stuck to the flower heads- dispatched now....


They are held on a thick 6ft maroon bean pole - I have attached a picture of what I am expecting it to look like- the photo is several plants, whereas I have one.

any tips on growing them- do they need staking?  Will I get offset bulbs?- nothing showing yet-

Thebiggy- do I need to feed it?. 

However ,the sad news is -is it is mono-carpic so the bulb will die after flowering.  although hopefully it will have some baby offsets which should flower in 3 years time!

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Plant ID white ponpom Clematis

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potato flowers and look-alike minature tomatoes 
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Hostas and plants by post- highly recommended 
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Tip to keep the slug from your hostas.................................

Works really well....Short lengths of Hair 
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Garden Share- What a great idea!

Friends or neighbours with bland gardens- persuade them to share.... 
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Pot on Plant out? Ericaceous compost? 
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Where have all the hostas gone?

no sign of the hostas yet, is it too early yet? 
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Wisteria not flowering why?

8 years old very healthy plant growing into the tree but no flowers 
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