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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 12:44

After having to scrape the frost of my windscreen last night the sun is out today and I notice buds on the snowdrops after I raked off the leaves yesterday and signs of flower in the pushkinias (always the first bulbs to flower in my garden) - but the postman has just delivered GW am tempted to sit down with a coffee first.....after all I need to recuperate fromyet another root canal treatment at the dentist this morning!

but I did plant some slips from the spray carnations I bought this week....womnder if they'll grow?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 18:34

Angie - if it's a path try sprinkling cheap household salt on it, but not too near the edges.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 18:32

The first I've ever seen too, fidget, even if it is virtual!

- Don't fancy wading in to rescue that bench buttercup - enjoying that the view, with hot chocolate, from the comfort of somewhere indoors would just suit me fine.

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

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