Latest posts by Lavande

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

Shrub ID please.

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 20:41

Oh, I'm not often right but I'm wrong again then because my philadelphus are much more rigorous than that

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

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 20:39

Thank you!  Yes you are both right it is sorrel - sheep sorrel apparently - I would never have known where to start with that - I googled all sorts of descriptions including spade shaped weed with thumb - then Artjak suggested French sorrel - so I googled that and scrolled down all the varieties until the shape exactly matched sheep sorrel.  No I'm not absolutely sure about the source - only that it first appeared in the container my rose is in and still predominantly stems (excuse the pun) from there.  It does appear round about the container too but it is thick, fast and furious in the container.  It can be therapeutic for a short time, pulling each leaf and out it comes with a long clean stalk - but it soon becomes laborious because it is just so dense.  Less than a month ago I cleared the whole tub and now it is back to where it started.  My only thought with the birds is that their favourite fat ball hanger is right above it.  Maybe it was a bit of a leap in logic.  If it's not the feeders or birds then that is absolutely fine I'll keep them where they are and continue to enjoy them.  If I thought I could clear the problem then I'd have considered my options.  I have fat balls, on three hangers and two other hangers have seed mixtures in the compartments (I'm not sure what the mix is though, the details are in French so I just look at the pictures of the birds on the packet ).  Yes I have seen the birds spit the seeds but what they are and whether they germinate or not I haven't a clue.  But thank you so much for your own experiences because it has helped a lot - I shall keep the feeders where they are 

Shrub ID please.

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 17:13

It does look like a philadelphus - I have a couple - slightly different flower but I know there are a couple of varieties.  Exquisite smell - I love them

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

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 17:11

I chose a spot in front of the conservatory to create a haven for birds and roses and it is my real sunny flowery area - my herbs are also there too.  However I'm wondering if it is really the best place because my pots and borders fill very quickly with one particular weed and I think it may be coming from the seeds the birds either pick up or eat from what I put out.  For example it fills my Pierre de Ronsard container and and the border below - it is easy to pull out when there are only one or two due to its long single root - but it is prolific and very difficult to pull when it gets a hold.  Does anyone recognise it as a bird food seed?  I know I can't have everything and I expect the odd weed plus I feel the birds are safer where I can see them and they don't really seem too put out by my often constant presence.   Where do you have your feeders? 



edible or interloper?

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 16:55

That is fantastic - I'm sure it must have been hard work at the time but it sounds so exciting to me and what a great education while earning your pocket money 

I worked in a sweet shop after school - and all I gained in that period  - is a load of fillings


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