Thursday, 26 January 2012
At our meeting, Sylvia asked about eradicating a smallish patch of bamboo from her garden. Various ideas were expressed, including some rather dangerous use [I hold my hand up] of petrol to the drastic measure of moving house !
Sue has found the link to the Bamboo Garden – an American website that looks highly informative. [Click on highlighted text]
Other sites in France are : La Bambouseraie de Prafrance & Bambous du Mandarin, Pont de Siagne, 83 440 Montauroux Tel : 04 93 66 12 94
This is a link to a list of specialised nurseries : Le Jardin des Bambous
If you know of any others, please pass the information on !
Monday, 9 January 2012
*Citrus aurantium (Bitter Orange), Citrus clementinier (Clementine), Citrus deliciosa (Mandarine), Citrus reticulata (Mandarine), Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit),
Citrus sinensis (Orange), Citrus trees originate in S.E. Asia, evergreen fragrant shrub/trees, flowers white from February onwards, prefers sun, acid but well drained soil. Most of the time they are planted in pots in our region, but I've seen them growing in gardens in sheltered spots. Michelle has a lovely grapefruit tree in her garden and in Lorgues near the church is a wonderful large lemon tree. Citrus trees can survive lower than zero C, but general advise is not lower than zero degrees C.
Clematis cirrhosa balearica, native to the Mediterranean region, from Spain to Portugal, eastwards to Syria, fragrant evergreen climber up to 4m, white flowers with red spots in winter with silky tassels fruiting heads in May. Any soil, preferably dry. Temperature up to -15C.
*Daphne mezereum, native to Europe, Caucasus, Turkey and Siberia, fragrant deciduous shrub, height 1.5m, flowers purple or pink from February onwards. Prefers sun, well drained soil but not dry. Temperature up to -15C.
*Daphne odora “Aureomarginata”, native to China and Japan, fragrant evergreen shrub, height 1.5m, flowers purplish pink and white from January onwards. Prefers sun, well drained but not dry soil. Temperature up to -5C.
Garrya elliptica (Silk -tassel bush), woodland and scrub from W. U.S.A. to Central America and the W.Indies, evergreen shrub, height 4m, grey-green, very long catkins from January onwards. Prefers sun, well drained soil. Temperature up to -5C.
*Lonicera fragrantissima, native to China, fragrant evergreen shrub, height 2m, flowers white from February onwards, Prefers sun-half shade, well drained soil. Temperature up to -15C.
*Viburnum grandiflorum, height 2m, spread 2m, native to the Himalayas and W. China, decidious shrub with fragrant, flushed with pink, white flowers from January onwards. Prefers sun or half shade, moist but well drained soil. Temperatures up to -15C,
*Viburnum tinus, native to the Mediterranean region, height 3m, spread 3m, evergreen shrub with fragrant white sometimes light pink flowers from February onwards. Native to our region. Prefers sun or half shade, moist, calcareous, but well drained soil. Temperatures up to -15C.