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Euonymus europaeus

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:49

mine arrived in the garden by chance - where the birds perch waiting for the bird table.  I wonder if they might grow quiite easily from seed? preferably fresh seed gleaned from a friend's garden....cheaper than plants and probably at least as good a chance of succeeding.  I'll have a look and see if there is anything ressembling seed left on it...but don't hold your breath.

plum tree or pear tree?!

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 14:44

need to be aware that Victoria plums seem to ripen simultaneously, so you get the whole crop in the space of a couple of weeks - they are also very attractive to wasps so you may find them filled with wasps as you go to pick them - and covered  wasps if they have fallen to the ground.  We had to remove ours, despite the fruit being absolutely delicious, because of the wasp danger near young children.

I would go for a greengage - the most delectable of all plums and almost impossible to find in the shops in England.

I do have a dula pear tree though - williams on one half and doyenne de something on the other - really delicious and juicy,

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 09:46

Blackbirds are having a wonderful time with the fallen apples - I was going to clear them away but realise they like them when they are going soft!  Green woodpecker still making a daily visit, and amused to see a tiny wren hopping from pot to pot .

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 09:18

Panda - 4th one is valerian - it is a semi-wild plant that does incredibly well for me here in England but also in my Languedoc garden, despite the dry months there.  It will grow about 2 footnhigh and become quite woody as the season goes on, flower its socks off and then selfseed too.  I cut it down when it gets really leggy, pull out the ones I don't want and enjoy the pink flowers in areas where not much else wants to grow!

Love the snowflake Garden Girl - I've got leaves but don't expect flowers for months yet!

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 21:38

Victoria - you count the number of birds perched in your garden at any one time (not flying over) - the numbers can change during the count period - a couple now, then just one, then perhaps five.  You then record the highest number seen perched at any one time.

I've seen a lot of hoopoes in my time (common in the area of the Languedoc where we live part of the year) but 300...perched....now that would be something

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 16:23

wow, there's some fabulous gardens around!

I've been trying to cut back the last 25 years-worth of growth so not so much shrub flower this year but:

alpine strawberry

antirrhinum

dianthus

erysimum (yellow bushy one)

euphorbia

heathers (in planters)

pelargonium (the ones I did not have space to bring in!)

mahonia charity (birds are enjoying this)

periwinkle (major, minor and variegated)

roses

rudbeckia

skimmia

salvia (farinacea?)

viburnam tinus

viburnum new dawn

blue violas

more than I would have thought looking out through the windows!

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 18:09

so where do they all go?  RSPB assures us that if they are not in our gardens, somebody else will be counting them but |I'm beginning to wonder about a big black hole....

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 15:03

Nut - I have a set of the black bird silhouette stickers on the huge windows of my veranda in France and they seem to do the trick - no casualties since they were put up.  I think the birds see greenery reflected in the glass and fly towards it....

Flower identification

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 13:35

we call them schizophrenic...helps to remember the name!

I just love them when nearly everything else is over a nd gone.

Happy new Year

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 13:33

Sun is shining on the frost - lets all look forward to sufficient sunshine to enjoy the great outdoors, and sufficient rainfall to keep it all growing nicely and a Happy New Year to you all

Discussions started by gardenning granny

Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

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Are you gardening in France too?

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getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

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where have all the avatars gone?

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help - bignonia - campsis radicans

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more seed sowing queries

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overwintering solanum rantonnettii

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how to grow Bignonia from seed

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anyone tried taking grevillea cuttings?

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Last Post: 27/10/2014 at 15:03

guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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Last Post: 18/08/2014 at 21:39

can anyone ID this plant please?

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seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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Last Post: 21/10/2013 at 10:56

huge-wasp-nest-in-the-hedge

how to get rid of it - and then will the wasps return next year 
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Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 19:26

When can I put the geraniums out?

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