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old man's beard

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 19:39

I met this in the boundary of the gite we rented on hols.  The flowers smell of almonds so I had to ask our host about it,having paid €15 each fro 2 clematis flammula for my garden because they have small but prolific white flowers that smell of almonds.   One has died and the other is struggling this year after doing really well last year.

My host assured me the stuff is rampant and they take shears to it to keep it in control but they like to keep some for the perfume and the insects.

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 11:04

My pleasure Lily.   The redcurrant marmalade has turned out well too.  Very tasty.

1 kg redcurrants, 2 large sweet untreated oranges, 240g seedless raisins, 1 kg sugar

Wash the currants, thinly slice and chop the oranges and then put all the fruit into a large pan or preserving pan.  Warm gently and, when it starts to simmer, add the sugar and stir till dissolved.   Turn up the heat and boil for 20 minutes.   Test for setting then pot and seal. 

Taken from Home-Made Preserves by Jill Nice.

The Autistic Gardener

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 08:50

I found out about this too late so only saw the last programme and thoroughly enjoyed it from the presenter/designer's commentary to the drawing out of the different abilities and growing interaction of all the team members and the garden they achieved.  

It was a very good programme and I hope there will be more.

This morning's visitor........

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 22:59

No English papers in my village so I don't read them except on holiday Jo but I do watch the Beeb news every day.   


This morning's visitor........

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 14:10

Have you not see the news items about suburban foxes getting so used to humans they are entering homes and biting young babies and toddlers?

I certainly won't be encouraging any that venture onto my patch.

Happy to feed birds and hedgehogs and make insect hotels and log piles but I draw the line at foxes - and moles.


Posted: 29/07/2015 at 14:06

I have grown beetroot for years but the last few seasons have had no success whatsoever so now I cheat.

I buy little modules of beetroots in trays of 6 in April and pot them up and keep them under cover with no heat.   When they're bigger I plant those out.   Meanwhile, I buy another set of plugs to pot up and sow some of my own in modules so I have a succession.

It has worked very well and I have had a fine crop of normal beets and my own home sown choggias are just the size to start eating.   Meanwhile, the Swiss chard I sowed and then planted out at the same time has bolted but that's another story...........

Hosts question

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 22:41

I split my hostas in spring, whether in pots or in the ground, when they start to show their noses and then pot up and sell spares at an annual charity sale I help with and swap any others with my gardening pals.

If I split them in autumn I find they sulk and often die so spring divisions for me. 


Posted: 28/07/2015 at 15:25

It almost did for my Kiftsgate but one stem survived and has now regrown to start covering the house again.  This is 6 years later.



Posted: 27/07/2015 at 22:47

I agree, local is the way to go.

I used to buy bare root roses form David Austin but found that some varieties turned out to be too wussy for my local conditions and struggled with the long, wet winters and deep cold spells.  Now I buy potted DA roses for the same price from a rose  nursery in the Ardennes on the grounds that anything he can grow outdoors all year can cope with my garden.  Even then it seems my conditions are more extreme so I've had to rescue some from the beds and into pots to nurture along.  All are responding well.

The good doers are Gertrude Jekyll, Sceptr'd Isle, Falstaff, Teasing Georgia, Queen of Sweden, Jacqueline Dupré, Generous Gardener and Constance Spry plus a Kiftsgate and a few ground cover roses whose names I've lost.

The wusses are William Shakespeare, Geoff Hamilton and Munstead Wood, Graham Thomas and one of my two Benjamin Britten's.   Molyneux, Guinée and New Dawn turned up their toes in a long 3 week frost going below -20C every night.

RHS Plant Finder

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 17:13

The RHS Plant Selector will help you find plants for a given situation and allows you to enter soil type, drainage, aspect, exposure, and then season of interest, colour, size, type of garden and type of plant.  It isn't foolproof but it's a good start.

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