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Are you gardening in France too?

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 18:26

Thank you Topbird, what a nice comment.

I was really hoping that there might be somebody in the South of France to share ideas with.  As you may imagine I have done a lot of research, asked a lot of people, visited a couple of nurseries that deal in plants that would survive naturally in this terrain, and persevered.

Within our village I am known as "the lady with the garden" - as I mentioned before the really keen gardeners have watering systems, and the old guys have wonderful pottagers - but all are able to water regularly in the summer.

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Posted: 18/01/2015 at 16:04

no I don't think so - it wasn't there just now - better pop out again and check!

Thanks for your help though haven't yet worked out how to put the garden in France on as well!

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Posted: 18/01/2015 at 15:44

Thanks for that Edd - I think I'm on there now - and my fingers have warmed up again so I can get back to another 10 mins in the garden

Are you gardening in France too?

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 13:42

 The first picture shows what we started off with in 2004 and the bottom one what we had achieved by 2014.  We soon realised that just clearing the area would not work as what little soil there was got washed to the bottom of the slope in the autumn rains..Since then we have terraced the slope to provide planting areas, incorporated homemade compost and planted by trial and error.  Sedums and sempervivums do well, verbascum, lavender, sage, valerian romps everywhere, iris and muscari, and a beautiful cyanara.

We are quite proud of what we have achieved as the garden at various levels is a joy to be in and gives beautiful view up the valley to the mountains.

Are you gardening in France too?

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 12:06

I have a vertical rockface garden in the South of France and just wondered if anyone else faces the same problems that I have - a schisty soil, wet and windy winters (more rain that I get in England!) and then a good three months in summer of unrelenting heat and no rain at all.  As we are only there for around three months of the year the garden has to be able to look after itself and we can't run to having a gardener or watering system.

I would love to hear from others in this situation and how they cope with part-time gardening.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 11:52

So glad I went out today - only did a bit more clearing and tipped the veggy stuff into the compost bin but then discovered the first snowdrops and that makes it all worthwhile...and seeing buds on the oregon grape mahonia....but will go out again later when this coffee has warmed me up.

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Posted: 18/01/2015 at 11:43

Hi Edd - tried the link to put myself on the map but couldn't see how to do it - born before the days of all this IT stuff I suppose.

Any advice?   thanks

Rowan tree issue??

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 19:48

you're probably right Nut - I just hate giving up!

Rowan tree issue??

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 18:21

not looking good, I agree.  I'd follow the GC guarantee advice first.

If no joy there, I'd pare away the soggy wood with a sharp knife, dust it with a good fungicide and keep doing that - then see what happens.  It's always worth trying something....

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:35

25 minutes before my fingers were so cold I could not feel them! just long enough to remove the dead leaves from a large clump of montbretia and cut back some michaelmas daisies (don't tell me - should have been done weeks - nay months ago) and then bury the remains of something that I think a fox had left in the garden - looked like a rabbits ear - the rest of the creature was there three days ago but had mercifully disappeared by today.  Oh and then take a canfull of water to the GH for all the pots of bulbs which are now growing, and plants which are overwintering.

now - off to Wyevale for some half price fatballs for the birds.

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