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Posted: 05/02/2014 at 17:42

I have planted many iris alongside the road in my garden in the Languedoc.  So long as the rooted section is in the soil they seem to grow well, both in full sun and in shade.  They don't need feeding but they do need the sun to bake the rhizomes in the summer.  They grow like this in and around Monet's garden too, but they do need to be split, as you say, regularly to remove the older corky bits.  They don't like being wet - the drier the better!

Good luck - the colour and honey scent are just wonderful.

Lawn moss.... Help!

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 17:17

Oh dear! I removed all the moss a couple of years ago, raked over, added fertiliser and re-seeded with shady lawn mix. The grass did quite well last year.   I've just been down the garden to the compost bins and the area which was quite grassy last year is now verdant with moss - far worse than last time.  It is not actually a shady area, but is on heavy clay.  I'm getting a bit too old for all this raking stuff - any ideas?

Honeysuckle help needed!

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 10:11

never give up Pinkheart - one dud year and then surprises another!  I once nurtured a clematis seedling until it was three feet tall and leafy, then when cutting back michaelmas daisies when it was getting dark inadvertantly cut the clematis to the ground.  I was so upset at my own stupidity sprung forth the next year with great determination and these days attempts to smother everything in sight if I do not prune it ferociously in the spring.

Your honeysuckle will have sturdy roots under the ground and will hopefully leap forth in the spring if you cut it right down now.

Honeysuckle help needed!

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 18:36

You may well find that you have seedlings coming up if you allowed the berries to fall!

and you're not the only one whose "rampant" plants fizzle out, I only got 2 courgettes off a dozen plants when all my friends were complaining of huge harvests - on the other hand I had abundant tomatoes from self-saved seed where others did not do so well - swings and roundabouts - and loads of enthusiasm.

please tell me the name of these plants

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 18:30

sorry Verdun - I think we were both replying at the same moment and got the poor old system confused as to who got there first.

please tell me the name of these plants

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 17:26

Kef, there are loads of different euphorbias - from the little ones, to the big majestic ones (Chariacas).  I even have one called Jimmy Platt whose flowers give off the scent of fresh coffee on a sunny day!  Then there is a little one that's almost a succulent, euphorbia myrsinites, that I grew from seed and hangs down over a low wall.  Most of them do well in hot, dry conditions - and some are biennial.....there's even  a prickly cactus-like one - sorry I can't remember all the names at the moment.  Once you get into euphorbias there is a huge range to choose from.

Honeysuckle help needed!

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 17:19

Don't panic - honeysuckle is something of a thug, so just cut back to a bud, or even down to the ground and it should sprout up vigorously, even if you don't want it to!

Good luck - and leave the berries on in the autumn for the birds.

Bird feeders

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 17:16

At last we have got a couple of chaffinches and I haven't seen them for a long time - bet they don't come by for the big count though.

herbaceous plants

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 17:12

I'm growing from seed - you can get quite big plants quite quickly if you sow now and keep on the ktchen   window sill.  I currently have about 30 Patty Plum poppies, grown from a pinch of saved seed in October, and am about to plant some more saved seed in the next few days.  The thing about seeds is that even if you only want half a dozen, you invariably end up with many more and can select the strongest to plant, and give the others away.

Plant ID please

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 17:07

There are several varieties of purple loosestrife - the one I have is quite shrubby and is growing underneath an old apple tree, so not too damp in summer.  I think it is tolerant of a variety of conditions, and that day lily growing next to it makes a lovely combination.

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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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