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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

Rowan tree issue??

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 19:48

you're probably right Nut - I just hate giving up!

Rowan tree issue??

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 18:21

not looking good, I agree.  I'd follow the GC guarantee advice first.

If no joy there, I'd pare away the soggy wood with a sharp knife, dust it with a good fungicide and keep doing that - then see what happens.  It's always worth trying something....

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:35

25 minutes before my fingers were so cold I could not feel them! just long enough to remove the dead leaves from a large clump of montbretia and cut back some michaelmas daisies (don't tell me - should have been done weeks - nay months ago) and then bury the remains of something that I think a fox had left in the garden - looked like a rabbits ear - the rest of the creature was there three days ago but had mercifully disappeared by today.  Oh and then take a canfull of water to the GH for all the pots of bulbs which are now growing, and plants which are overwintering.

now - off to Wyevale for some half price fatballs for the birds.

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Posted: 17/01/2015 at 15:12

hooray to that meadowland. I don't think I've got to the point where anyone would notice if I wasn't here, but does it matter? like most others I just love my garden, love the help and ideas I get when needed and hope to offer help gleaned from many years of hit and miss gardening both here and in France.  I sometimes wish that people would attach an area or town to their profile though, as we all know that conditions vary enormously from place to place and what does well in one persons garden struggles to survive in another.

Seed Dormancy

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 13:12

you may need to check this out online as some trees have double dormancy - that is they need to periods of chilling to start into growth.  I'm rather gung ho about tree seeds - pot them up, top with grit and leave outside to get frosted over the winter (so now would be a good time).  I have had much success over the years by planting collected tree seed when it is fresh, when it often germinates quickly.  But if it doesn't leaving it outside over winter usually does the trick.

You can speed up the process with dry seed by soaking in warm water for a few hours and then putting your planted pot in the fridge to simulate winter.   It will depend on tree type however, so I reckon a bit of googling should get you a proper answer.

clearing borders

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 13:06

February is always the crucial month for me.  Everything starts into growth and then bitter weather kills it all off because it's too tender.  Existing foliage is OK though as it's had plenty of time to harden off.  I agree with Verd and TopB - leave well alone right now and only cut back really dead looking stuff (talking herbaceous here) - unless it has seed heads that the birds might enjoy.

Viburnum Fragrans

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 10:46

just been down the garden and see that mine now has flower buds - have a look at yours in the next day or two and see if anything is happening.  It had grown so vast that we decided to cut it back hard but left two or three tall branches as |I could not bear to be without the scent  this year.

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