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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.


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. 

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