gardenning granny


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Unknown Plant (Weed)?

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 15:33

I agree.  Get it out now whilst it is still quite weak as everywhere it touches the ground it will root.  I hope yours is not growing through a holly hedge where I find it invading from next door - your self-harming Fidget is probably similar to mine from the combinatiion of holly and bramble.  Why do we put ourselves through this?

A few flower ID's please.

Posted: 21/10/2017 at 16:25

The orange one looks like a double californian poppy - if it is it may self seed for next year. The paler one is an annual chrysanthemum, and the last one, I agree, Anthemis tinctoria

Lambs Ear?

Posted: 21/10/2017 at 16:20

Love verbascums but watch out for the mullein moth - wonderful colourful caterpillars that will demolish the young plants over a couple of days.  Fascinating to watch as they grow from tiny caterpillars into great big fat ones but very destructive!  I usually leave one sacrificial plant and pick them off the rest, but always wearing gloves.

Are Family pear trees any good

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 10:33

I considered that Pansyface, but I think I like the visual impact of a more fan shape I would get with a tree - it is not just a fruiting tree, it will be a focal point at the end of the garden.  I guess I could add a single cordon later, but I guess I may just be too lazy to do that!

Are Family pear trees any good

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 19:35

Thank you both for helpful replies.  I have found them on both Pippin and Pomona sites, whilst Unwins are offering five varieties grafted onto one trunk, but whist this is very tempting  I think it is pushing my luck.  It's just a matter of choosing which three varieties.....I definitely prefer comice over williams.  Sadly no company seems to want to graft the less well known varieties like Josephine de Malines.  I wonder if I will get fruit in side three years?

Are Family pear trees any good

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 17:23

Really sorry to get no answer to this question  - surely somewone out there has some knbowledge of these trees? Please?

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.

Oleander..how 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?

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