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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 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



erysimum (yellow bushy one)


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)




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

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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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how to grow Bignonia from seed

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anyone tried taking grevillea cuttings?

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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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how to get rid of it - and then will the wasps return next year 
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When can I put the geraniums out?

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