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Latest posts by Lavande

Mystery plants

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 16:20

Could the first one be Verbanum?  I always mix up Verbanum with Valerium but I think it's the first name - I have that in white and red and it's lovely - does have a bit of a whiffy smell sometimes though??

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 16:08

I'm just scunnered with the little blighters.  My lilies had beautiful buds and now have dried up empty pouches.  I've not actually seen that before - normally the leaves go first.

lifting winter pansies for geraniums

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 16:03

I know, I know I felt terrible about moving them but the geraniums were burning a hole in my imagination and I'm worried I don't have time to plant them over the weekend because there is a lovely garden visit I just cant miss - I may even end up having to buy something at it.  I didn't disturb them as much as I needed to though - I've potted them out among five pots and have taken cuttings which will delight OH when he sees yet another window sill full of seedlings/plants - not. I'm just so indecisive but I've done it now and they do look okay and can show off in another side of the garden



lifting winter pansies for geraniums

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 14:14

Thanks Bilje, I'll try that.  No it never stops and I am a bit obsessed - I just lack the knowledge but not the enthusiasm

lifting winter pansies for geraniums

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 13:04

I want to plant out my geraniums window boxes now - they have been hardened off and it is milder here.  My containers still have quite good looking pansies though.  If I planted them into the soil would they come back next year? 

what's wrong with my peas?

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 08:26

Actually they look much healthier than mine - I have had one pod of perfect peas from each of my plants and now they seem to have just stopped growing completely.  I think it may have been a result of the unusually mild weather followed by unusually wet and cold weather - not to mention the recent bouts of wind and hailstones?

My bird feeders are placed where I can enjoy watching...

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 08:21

My windows did get a fair few splats when I had the feeders hanging from flower baskets at the living room windows but it was lovely sitting there watching them (the birds - not the splats).  But one day my neighbour commented that she seemed to have an awful lot of birds making a noise and a mess so I moved them round to the back of the house.  Which is better and to be fair I had increased the number of magpies who squawked loudly but couldn't feed from the feeders as they were too close to the window - so they just poo'd instead.

easy peasy Artjak? This is the so called gardener who had trouble growing!
Okay, one sunflower coming up.


Veranda versus conservatories

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 17:55

I longed for a conservatory when I lived in Scotland but didn't manage to get one til moved to France when it no longer seemed necessary. OH on the other hand seemed much keener. However, I could not be without it now, we had it built around 7 years ago and practically live in it.  The main thing we stipulated was that it had to have a solid roof put on it otherwise, even though we are not in the south (nearer Paris) summers would be unbearable.  I don't know what the ceiling material is called but it is white - very strong and thick and definitely insulates in winter and keeps the heat down in summer.  It has floor to ceiling glass walls and is used all year round.  Great for bringing the outdoors in and doors slide open three door widths so can also feel a bit veranda-ish - and funnily enough conservatories are called verandahs in French.  Hope picture gives idea of ceiling.


My bird feeders are placed where I can enjoy watching...

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 20:54

Do you know I've never yet grown a sunflower - I think I'll make that a mission for this summer - It would look quite wow against a wooden bird house that I have. Assuming I can grow one that is


Posted: 12/05/2014 at 20:50

Very Best Wishes Mike

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