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Californian Lilac

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 09:53

Lucky you! I love the Luberon area. This is not a long term plant, it lasts a few years and then dies from the bottom up. Bear in mind the smaller the leaf the hardier the plant. The ground coverer 'Repens' spreads over everything. We had a little house in Roussillon/Apt for a short time but did a swop with our son when we became Great Grandaprents and were needed back in Wales. I planted one for him in Roussillon/Apt, as I love all blue flowers but he had to get an irrigation system installed as they go weeks without rain and then get an absolute downpour. Plants that grow well are Tamarix, Lavender, Rosemary, Iris, Syringa, and for hedging you can't beat the Elaegnus (Quicksilver) as the insignificant flowers give out a heavenly scent - watch for die back though and prune immediately. Brunneras, Heucheras, Perovskias, Achilleas, Knautias all do well in drought and Eryngiums look lovely planted with tall grasses as do the ground covering geraniums (Jackson's blue) and of course potted Pelargoniums are simply wonderful. We're visiting in May. Good luck.


How invasive is Houttuynia Cordata Flame?

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 08:58

Don't know about Houttuynia but we have been trying to get rid of Acanthus from a small perennial area with geraniums, roses, verbenas and a paeonia for two years and it keeps on popping up. Last year we had new brick path edges infilled with slate slabs surrounded by slate chips, around this bed, removed all the soil, riddled it and replaced it with the same perennials and this time it popped up above the stone edged area. It is as invasive as the bind weed which we have managed to get rid of.


Monty's galvanised pot with handles.

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 16:47

Thank you for that information Sotongeoff. Never too old to learn. I had no idea that I had filled that info in. Actually I have found one litle beauty on ebay so I am bidding for it. 

Talkback: How to plant shallots

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 16:10
Where did Monty get this galvanised pot please?

Monty's galvanised pot with handles.

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 16:09

I thought I had - but I couldn't find my question anywhere. How do you post a link to the video concerned  This is the link 

Monty's galvanised pot with handles.

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 15:59

I bought two great shiny galv buckets with handles yesterday from Amazon for £6.42 each, lovely for planting in - but Monty (on his videos for shallots) planted his special shallots in a huge old galvanised bowl with small side handles and I fell for it. Does anyone know where I can buy one please? 

What was Monty Don using?

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 20:30

HI I saw a G W video of Monty planting shallots in a huge galvanised pot. They were gorgeous and I'd like to know if it's possible to buy them? 

Potting modules

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 17:45

Good idea Busy Lizzie. I'll suggest it to the company. Your garden looks delightful. We used to live in Roussillon/Apt in the Luberon and could only grow a few plants like Tamarix and Lavender in the red sandy soil.

Potting modules

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 15:35

I have written to Gardener's world and other gardening sites for some time to find out the make of Carol's strong but flexible grey modules. No one could tell me. Quite by chance I came across CMH  and although this company normally supply large quantities only, I was so keen to buy after my months of searching that they allowed me to buy just a few. I am thrilled with the quality of the injection moulded modules and will never need to buy them again. I hate today's throw away attitude as I was born in 1940 and we saved everything. They are available in various sizes and depths.  The smaller ones were sufficiently deep and rigid to hold the plants until my raised garden beds are ready, as I work on a rota system and often have to hold my plants back until I can make room. Normally these trays are not strong enough to carry when full of compost and usually collapse in the middle, but these will not and I can't wait to get our into the garden and start potting.

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