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Spring Bulbs

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 22:14

Thanks for your advice everyone. I've been wondering what to do with all my daffs that have now finished flowering so now I know!!

PS. Should I dig up my agapanthus roots and plant them in pots instead of in the borders?? I have three that are just showing green shoots. The soil here is like clay and doesn't drain well. I'm a novice too!! Thank you.

WEATHER this week

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 09:55

It's now sunny today in Brittany!!! Hooray!! I can get back out into the garden. (well, once the snow has melted) Still loads of it though and quite compacted. Thanks to our neighbour, we are not snowed in anymore and we can see civilisation again!! Let's hope this is it for the bad weather.

WEATHER this week

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:54

Thought I would share what weather we woke up to today in central Brittany!!



Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 18:54

Can't wait to see the big yellow thing in the sky again lol  Bring on the warm weather. Thanks figrat for the link. I'll check it out and Lyn, I did giggle at your comment.

Depression and how gardening saved me

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 16:48

I had to have quite a few emergency operations 3 years ago which resulted in me then having panic attacks and phobias. I couldn't go to work or leave the house for fear of having a panic attack. I gave medication a try as I was at my wits end but they made me feel worse and I was then referred to have Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which was fantastic. The panic attacks started to ruin my life, I couldn't work, go out or perform on the stage which was another hobby of mine. The one thing that kept me going was gardening. We had an allotment so I would spend alot of time there in the peace and quiet with the birds. I now live in France with my partner and best friends running a self-catering, camping and B & B business in which there is a huge garden and vegetable plot. Since moving I have only had a few panic attacks and spend pretty much all of my time outdoors enjoying rural life. Sowing seeds, digging and nurturing what you have sown gives me so much pleasure. I have bird feeders all over the garden and even hanging from the hanging tiles outside the window!! I can't tell you how much better I feel being able to enjoy nature. I still have blips but not as bad. It's good to know that I am not alone and it's great to be able to share experiences.  Keep gardening!!

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 10:09

Thank you again for lots of very useful advice. I only went down the route of a chunky candle because I read something by mjohn345 (26/01/2010) in his/her post about using candles to heat their 6 x 8 greenhouse. Yes it is very dangerous but I had it burning on the floor in a terracotta pot with another larger pot over the actual candle and it did seem to keep a slight degree of heat in the greenhouse. But, I certainly don't want a fire so I've taken on board everyone's advice and will learn from my mistakes.

Thanks again everyone and roll on the warm weather.


Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 22:02

Thank you everyone for all your advice. I am a novice gardener with a lot to learn!!!! I'm only sowing seeds because various seed packets and magazines tell you when you should!! Oh well, I guess I will learn from experience.

Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 10:04

I have a bit of a dilema as I have seedlings in the greenhouse (glass) and our weather has taken a turn for the worse (snow) here in Brittany. I've bubblewrapped the stands that the seedlings are on and have kept a large chunky candle burning day and night. What I really want to know is whether I should stick to using candles to help keep the greenhouse frost free or whether I should invest in a paraffin heater (bearing in mind that paraffin in this country isn't cheap). I've researched about paraffin heaters and read other peoples reviews and quite alot of them are negative - soot deposits and smoke being the main problem. Not sure what to do and I really want to give the seedlings a good chance of survival.

Rhododendron possibly dying

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 16:31

Thanks for the advice. I have cut back the diseased leaves and I can see new growth. I have also got rid of the moss and mulched it. Fingers crossed everyone that it will survive.

Rhododendron possibly dying

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 21:36

Thank you so much for your advice. I will leave it and see what happens as the weather here is pretty horrendous at the moment. I'll definitely remove the moss and perhaps give it a feed. Time will tell!!!!

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Paraffin Heater or Candles?? 
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