London (change)
Today 17°C / 10°C
Tomorrow 16°C / 9°C


Latest posts by Lavande

What would you treat yourself to?

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 08:42

I'm going to  have a lovely morning, I am being truly spoiled for choice.  I shall make myself a cup of tea and ask Google to help me look at all your lovely suggestions.  Thank you everyone and Congratulations on your retirement Dovefromabove

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 08:17

Consider yourself pinched. It is indeed November and Monday is a public holiday here in France so I know what I'll be doing all weekend.  Already the sun is shining and there is a glorious golden glow across the garden. (The tiny downside is that it shows up all the grime and finger prints on my windows - but who cares).  I must go and check the forecast...

What would you treat yourself to?

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 08:11

Oh Star gaze I am sorry - yes rhodies are lovely and I can imagine the size it would reach. I don't know how easy it is to take a cutting from rhodedendrons - I don't think it is easy actually.  Acers are also beautiful and I think you could keep one in a pot should you move.  I suppose that goes towards my answer to your question Ryan - something that can be either easily lifted or propagated.  I rarely come across a plant I don't like in fact my garden is full of cuttings and swaps from others and I like the link each one gives me.  This plant will accompany many others when I do get round to moving and I want it to be a lovely reminder of a lovely family.

What would you treat yourself to?

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 22:32

Ryan that is so sad - but what a lovely way to remember him.  I have just googled the Globosa as I hadn't heard of it before - it is very unusual and interesting, not at all like I imagined.  A lovely colour too.

What would you treat yourself to?

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 22:21

What would you buy yourself if you were given £30 to spend by someone very special and you wanted a plant to treasure - perhaps that you could take with you should you move house.

Autumn colour

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 22:10

Some absolutely breathtakingly beautiful photographs.  I feel guilty I don't have any to share - perhaps tomorrow I'll manage to get a couple.  My cotinus is positively glowing and I have I think a Virginia creeper vine which is exquisitely red, my choisya sundance is always bright and beautiful but seems even more so against the greying backdrop of what will soon be winter and I I have four nandina domesticas which also always do me proud with their leaves turning orange and red and clusters of red are about to burst from the berries. I always say I love the garden in spring, then when it's autumn I think I love it then too and I love it in winter when it's covered in snow.  I think summer is it's least vibrant time. Oh I forgot about the Physalis - some are turning skeletal now but there are still afew vivid orange.

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 21:58

Wow some really colourful gardens still going strong in November.  I have some pink cosmos, deep pink hollyhocks (well just the top blooms), my Pierre de Ronsard rose has not one leaf on it but there are at least a dozen big blooms, primroses have made a comeback and the tall yellow daisy like flower (helianthus?) is still going strong.  The sedum is just turning brown now. I also have some mixed pink geraniums looking reasonably respectable in window boxes.  Oh yes my choisyas are in full bloom too.  It's a lovely sight in autumn this year.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 23:16

I didn't realise you could buy actual hedgehog food - I'll try tomorrow but I've never seen it here either in supermarkets or garden centres. I didn't know what they ate so I've only ever left water - haven't seen my wee family since before the holidays.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 23:06

Stunning photos of both buddlieis and butterflies.  If I had a bigger garden I'd grow the blue and white together they are beautiful.  I've had loads of butterflies and bees this year too I'm delighted to say. ...but the dreaded wasps are around and I'm not so relaxed about them.  Came back yesterday after just over a week away and haven't seen a single bird in my fried and crispy garden.  Their food was empty so I'm hoping they've gone into another garden but I hope they are safe - they were so happy before I went away


Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:43

I read on the site a while back that if it's very bad, you can dig it up and replant it deeper into the soil so that the woody bits are covered and its new growth will form a nice clump again.  Of course it will always get woody again after a few years but it does work and you would continue to prune it every year but never cutting into the old wood as already mentioned.

Discussions started by Lavande


I'm wondering if I stumbled across ......... 
Replies: 38    Views: 1207
Last Post: 03/04/2014 at 01:47

What would you treat yourself to?

Replies: 25    Views: 975
Last Post: 23/03/2014 at 08:06

Birds galore

Replies: 4    Views: 245
Last Post: 02/08/2013 at 00:00

Am I cultivating a weed?

Replies: 3    Views: 324
Last Post: 01/08/2013 at 06:15


Replies: 14    Views: 551
Last Post: 02/04/2013 at 06:34


gone to seed 
Replies: 11    Views: 856
Last Post: 04/06/2012 at 10:18


prune or not to prune 
Replies: 3    Views: 1223
Last Post: 10/06/2012 at 18:11

...and is this honestly a honeysuckle?

Replies: 2    Views: 558
Last Post: 08/05/2012 at 10:21

white lilac?

leaves not heart shaped 
Replies: 12    Views: 1222
Last Post: 27/05/2012 at 20:47
9 threads returned