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Unknown fruit/seeds

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 17:21

The fruit on my rampant passionflower are like orange apricots and they do make quite a nice jelly.  These are not they. and when to prune

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 17:17

I have a large oleander in a large pot outside and will be pruning around the end of March (you don't want frost damage on the young growth that will result) I also fleece it in winter to be on the safe side.  It is no problem in England where I grow it quite dry, but it needs water in hot spells over here in south of France because the ones here are also in pots. 

Plants for French holiday house

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 16:59

you don't say whether you are at seaside level or up in the mountains.  I garden in Herault, just north of Beziers and have to contend with long hot summers (very very hot and dry this year) but cold winds in winter.  Most gardens here have watering systems to cope with the hot weather, but we have not gone down that route as we don't like to leave the water turned on when we are not here.  So what has survived the heatwave?  Well the tiny cyclamen are flowering abundantly, and sedums tend to do OK though they are really suffering right now - I'll be giving them some water later on.  Passionflower has done well and so has jasmine, and the oleanders and camellia that I grow in large pots have also survived, but mainly due to visitors in summer watering them copiously, and also we move all our pots into the shadiest area when we are not here.  Lavender should be reliable but even that is suffering from the heat.

If you use the garden centrres (Jardiland etc) be aware that their plants are grown in free draining compost which is h - opeless for plants in a hot climate - you will need to cultivate your soil and add compost almost certainly, then surround plants with heavy large stones to conseve whatever moisture there is.

If you can give us more information I could perhaps be more helpful.

Are Family pear trees any good

Posted: 21/09/2017 at 16:50

A garage is being built adjacent to the end of our garden and I thought that it might make the ideal place for a pear tree, providing warmth and shelter.  As most pear trees are not self fertile I am considering either a dual, triple or quintuple tree.  The Five tree version seems to be only from Unwins but is tempting with its five varieties.

Does anyone have experience of these trees and good and bad nurseries to buy from?  I'd like to order now ready to plant in November/December.

Also is it worth paying m,ore for a bigger tree or will a smaller one settle in more easily?

Prickly plant ID

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 16:42

definitely NOT mahonia which doesn't have any spines but stiff leathery prickly leaves - my favourite shrub for birds.

What's this flower/plant

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 16:34

Allium - agapanthus - I love the spikey bit on top.

What fun.  Treasure it until it opens and then save the seed.  Who knows what you might end up with.

Two IDs please

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 16:27

The geranium has a rather unpleasant smell but is almost unkillable and will take over any space available.  It has beautiful red colouring to the leaves in autumn.

Identification please

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 16:23

Not oleander.  Bouganvillea - widely grown as hedging shrub in warmer climes - no scent - best grown in a conservatory, or outside in a very warm spot during the summer in England.

Desired or going on a green bin journey?

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 16:19

First one is clover (three leaflets to a stem)

2 and 3 could be calendula (marigolds) or self seeded forget-me-nots - I'd hang on to them to see how they develop (the first pair of leaves are naot necesaarily the true leaves)

4 is fat hen - helpful in the compost bin so long as it hasn't run to seed.

Am I Killing my Succulents?!

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 16:05

I'm not sure if you're talking about echeverias or aloes - both rather different from each other.

The aloes have a very fleshy centre which can rot really easily if water sits within the leaves.  They need very little water but mine live in partial shade here in the Languedoc - outside from February to  November and watered only occasionally and if it is very hot, like now (38 degrees today).  The leaves may fold in a bit to preserve moisture in hot weather.  They like a very gritty free draining soil and cannot bear to stand in water as mentioned above. Any water should drain through the pot fairly quickly.

The echeverias are true succulents - again very gritty free draining  soil and need even less water.  I have mine in two balconnieres in full sun and they have not been watered since early April.  I took pity on them this week as the temperature soared.  They live on a wide wall all summer and will come in for the winter in November.  They do not like sitting in water, and again if you allow water to remain within the rosettes they will rot. They are flowering right now.

My grandson grows succulents in England because they can  stand a lot of neglect, like cacti!

I've tried to post a picture but the camera icon doesn't seem to do what the old green tree icon used to so I'm afraid that has been a failure. i Can't find a "how to" anywhere.

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