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Posted: 04/02/2012 at 23:11

Hi, I know that sometime each year people open their gardens to the public, private gardens not normally available, can anyone tell me when  this happens and perhaps reccomend some gardens to visit.  I have a french friend who is a mad keen gardener, who thinks English gardens  are wonderful and wants to visit some while on holiday this year.  Failing that which gardens which are open all year would you reccomend as being typically English?  He really is very knowlegdable and a great admirer of English style gardens.

Big Garden Birdwatch

Posted: 29/01/2012 at 23:01

Can't do the bird watch as we are not in England but I'll bet we have the rarest bird in our garden.  Pekin Robins! Yes really.  Apparently they are escapees from aviaries or perhaps deliberately released and there are now about a thousand of them living in France and we get to feed about 20 of them every day.......wonderful.


Posted: 29/01/2012 at 22:55

If you do decide to cut it back hard please do it before the bird's start nesting as overgrown bushes of Lonicera Nitida are favoured nesting sites for all sorts of birds.  You could cut most of it back and leave a few older stems to take cuttings from in July or August and when they grow dig out the old one , replant the new and keep it pruned how you want it.  This plant makes a lovely neat hedge which looks very like Box but grows much faster, it can also be used to cut into Topiary if you like it.  It is very tolerant and easy going but Baggen's Gold needs sun to bring out it's colour.


Posted: 29/01/2012 at 22:35

I'm definitely against it but here is a tip I learnt from an old man that lived close to us many years ago.  When you have planted  your seeds in pots or trays sprinkle crushed  charcoal on the top and you will not have problems with "damping off" of your seedlings.  All our heating comes from wood burning stoves and there is always small bits of nearly burnt wood in them which is what I use and I haven't had this problem in nearly 18 years of serious gardening so there must be something in it, charcoal has been used for years for it's purifying effect after all.

Named Roses

Posted: 18/01/2012 at 22:52

There is one in France called Martin des Senteurs . It is a lovely rose with a very strong fragrance.  It is availale from Jacques Briant but I don't know if they will send to England.  Their web site

I grow roses with the same name as members of the family too.  You can't always put the plants together as you can get very clashing colours.  I have yet to find a Patricia or a Stephanie though.

Talkback: Growing gunnera

Posted: 18/01/2012 at 22:32

Can they be grown from seed?  If yes when and how please.

lily beetle

Posted: 18/01/2012 at 22:26

I grow a few  lilies and there is a systemic insectiside which kills the grubs as soon as they hatch.  I don't use it as I don't use chemicals but i will track it down for you if you want.  I just watch my lilies carefully and as soon as I see the red beetles I kill them.  I hold an open jar under the leaf with the beetle on it then tap above it and it drops straight down usually into the jar then I squash it. I search the plant for eggs (small, orange normally under a leaf) and squash them too.  I very rarely get the disgusting grubs but those I wipe off with kitchen paper towels and squash again.  Yes it does take time and I only have about 30 lilies.  I have yet to find a non chemical method of killing these bugs, I will be interested to see if anyone else comes up with something.

Winter storm damage - greenhouse glazing

Posted: 09/01/2012 at 23:03

My greenhouse was smashed to bits in a very bad storm and I have replaced it with a plastic one.  I could not bear the thought of perhaps having to pick up all  the broken glass again, it was a dreadful job.  The plastic greenhouse is constantly covered in condensation, it "rains" in there all the time.  It is not as warm,all in all a waste of money I think.  I have used acrylic sheeting before and it goes yellow and very brittle, it also scratches easily and is then a cloudy yellow.  Maybe they have improved the stuff since I used it last about 5 years ago.

Back garden Chickens

Posted: 08/01/2012 at 23:27

Chickens are great in the garden providing you keep them away from your plants.  We let ours roam in the winter or pen them on areas we want cleaned (chickens will follow you anywhere for a digestive biscuit).  We put up a temporary chicken wire fence and let them dig and forage on an area and take them back to their coop at night. Of course we always take their water pot to them.  They eat all sorts of pests, weeds and thoroughly scratch up the top few inches of soil too.  The do not like nettles and brambles can be dangerous for their feet (thorns)  Eggs fresh from the hen are so different from shop ones.  There is the cost of something for them to sleep in. You can buy chicken feed but they will eat all your leftover bread, potatoes,rice and lettuces that are bolting etc.  They also love grass. I hope you decide to have a go, they really are trouble free and fun.

Talkback: How to make a mini-pond

Posted: 08/01/2012 at 23:09
I like the idea, it seems very easy but doesn't the water get very warm and then wouldn't it become a breeding place for mosquitos? My water butt which catches rain water has quite a good lid but when I open it in summer there are always some mossies in there, lots of dead ones too.
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