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Is it a tree peony or an herbaceous peony? They are both extremely hardy and can cope with very cold weather. This garden at 950m at quite a few peonies already when we moved in- and I brought several from our garden at 230m in the UK- and all have done well. My tree peonies from the UK have been planted along a south facing wall, and have done amazingly well- lots of buds now- 2 are still quite small, and the other about 80cm high.

The key with herbaceous peonies is NOT to plant them deep, but just below the surface- just cut down last years tried branches- and lots of fat buds sticking out of the ground- with snow only disappearing a couple of weeks ago. Got some linked stakes over from the UK to stop them from falling over this year. I just love peonies and they last for many many years.
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Size:  30.3 KBThey are rather stubborn when moved, but I am determined to succeed and keep trying different locations! The one a Cambridge friend planted didn't do a thing, but she may have planted it too deep, as you are absolutely right the herbaceous types are rather like iris, just below the surface. Love peonies, and Occitane can (almost) bottle the scent
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Never seen one with those leaves- so will have to look it up and see.

The ones I have and moved so well from the UK are normal herbaceous ones- and they do not mind the snow and very cold weather- as said, providing they are not planted too deep. I use a Klorane shampoo for sensitive skin with peony- again, lovely smell.

The other lovely bright salmon coloured fat buds coming up now, are the ones from my several euphorbia fireglow- again, moved from our UK garden and doing so well here- a wonderful plant from early Spring to late autumn. If anyone would like to do a perennial plant swap- I'd love to hear from you.


There will be several official ones organised in different places later this year:

On 25th of April in Grand Saconnex, Geneva: JardiTroc, from 13h to 17h- au Chemin de la Charrue- swap + plant market www.jarditroc.ch

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at l'Isle, organised by a lovely English lady and the Swiss perennial plant society, plant swap and market

Sunday 9.30 to 16.30 in the Jardin du Château, l'Isle (VD) www.jardilisle.ch


Of course I now remember asking the question about the peony before

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This type - paeonia tenufloria. Attachment 97269They are rather stubborn when moved, but I am determined to succeed and keep trying different locations! The one a Cambridge friend planted didn't do a thing, but she may have planted it too deep, as you are absolutely right the herbaceous types are rather like iris, just below the surface. Love peonies, and Occitane can (almost) bottle the scent
I didn't plant it deep and I live in hope that it will emerge one day soon.

I have had success transplanting herbaceous peonies so fingers crossed my 'touch' extends to this variety.

The Pulmonaria have just started flowering here.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

As said, all mine up here in t'mountains are showing big fat buds above ground- so yours should be up too. So all fingers crossed.

Bees are buzzing in all the crocuses, and the pulmonaria (lungwort) are getting ready to flower soon. It is such a great plant for bees and butterflies, providing nectar when little else is in flower, as they emerge from their long sleep.

Loads here that could be split if someone wants some. The leaves are varigated, so look nice all year round.

Gutted that my lovely Japanese maple, brought over from the UK, has been broken by the heavy snow- will get hubby to help me bind the trunk, as about half is 'holding' and see if it will 'mend'. I love that little tree- and larger replacements are soooo expensive!

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Y'all are waaaaay ahead of me - I'm jealous.

The bulbs that had started up in the January thaw, only to be buried under snow again, are the only sign of life we have so far. But even these are weeks away from blooming. (Not-so-green thumbs pressed that the Osterglocken make it on time for Easter.)

Either everything is late, or the thousand-some bulbs I planted last fall turned into a mouse smorgasbord over the winter...
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Old 23.03.2015, 22:19
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As said, all mine up here in t'mountains are showing big fat buds above ground- so yours should be up too. So all fingers crossed.
The normal herbaceous ones are all showing nicely but not this one. Since I've never had one of these before and the leaves are much more feathery I'm not sure that it will have the same sort of fat buds anyway. Time will tell I guess.

The daffodils are all blooming here now Meloncollie and looking really lovely. I really love springtime in the garden.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Spent the day working outside in the garden- so lovely to be out and enjoying the sunshine, but it was COLD with the bise (East Wind), scarf, anorak and 2 pairs of gardening gloves. Hopefully the week will get better and better and will be able to spend more time 'playing' outside, well, early weeding (catch 1 weed early save 100), finishing pruning, tidying big perenial borders, cutting down or tying raspberries, etc.

Hopefully will be able to try our new Karcher circular patio cleaner tomorrow- and put tables and chairs out, ready for Summer- hurrah.
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This type - paeonia tenufloria. Attachment 97269They are rather stubborn when moved, but I am determined to succeed and keep trying different locations! The one a Cambridge friend planted didn't do a thing, but she may have planted it too deep, as you are absolutely right the herbaceous types are rather like iris, just below the surface. Love peonies, and Occitane can (almost) bottle the scent
I am not getting my hopes up just yet but there is a very tiny feathery looking sprout in the location of the tuber. It s very early days yet but I am quite hopeful.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Excellent news- the 'normal' peaonies have great big fat buds coming up, and the tree peaonies are also budding nicely. Now the kind you have is a totally different species, so maybe a bit more tardy, let's hope. I always give plants at least 3 years to prove themselves.

Will be doing a bit of plant moving tomorrow- as I have a few things which are too tall for front of border, and have overgrown their spot. Gutted that a lovely red feathery japanese maple I've had for 20+ years and came from our UK garden, has been broken by the heavy snow. Will prune it to below breaks and hope it will sprout again- and as per my 'rules' will give it 3 years from now before making a decision.

Modern gardeners are often much too impatient and give up too easily (sorry guys)...
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Spent the day working outside in the garden- so lovely to be out and enjoying the sunshine, but it was COLD with the bise (East Wind), scarf, anorak and 2 pairs of gardening gloves. Hopefully the week will get better and better and will be able to spend more time 'playing' outside, well, early weeding (catch 1 weed early save 100), finishing pruning, tidying big perenial borders, cutting down or tying raspberries, etc.

Hopefully will be able to try our new Karcher circular patio cleaner tomorrow- and put tables and chairs out, ready for Summer- hurrah.
The first gardening days are so special - surveying the eager buds, mentally planning what/where to plant newbies or transplant oldies, the daylight is drawn out allowing one to persist until one submits to the chill. I have really enjoyed following the seasons in the local allotment gardens - and could sense the excitement of the "owners" settling in last Thursday afternoon, ready for a long weekend.

All of my Easter email correspondence yesterday between Cambridge friend, an aunt and 2 uncles (in US) included detailed notes from what is coming up in various parts of their allotment and gardens

Belgianmum, really curious to hear if that feathery evidence turns out to be the true thing or....a weed. Like Odile says, perennials can take several years to really establish, but so far so good.
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Anyone planting vegetables yet?

I couldn't wait, so I already put out salad sprouts in the garden. Last year the final frost was 10 April. Am I too early? Anyone think another freeze will come?
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Your location says 'here' so it just depends where 'here' is....

Where my 'here' is, frosts are still very likely till the end of the famous Saints de Glaces, hated by all gardeners, eg mid May.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Here are my poblano pepper seedlings after 2 weeks in the seed propagator (fluorescent lights and a heating pad.) they will go outside into the orangerie (a plastic tent like thing) once they are big enough. Yes, some of the need a drink. Attachment 98108

And today in the obi, I found this - a Meyer lemon tree that will also live in the orangerie. Attachment 98109
We'll see how it goes this year!

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I couldn't wait, so I already put out salad sprouts in the garden. Last year the final frost was 10 April. Am I too early? Anyone think another freeze will come?
I know I'm tempting fate, but I couldn't resist putting a few salads and young plants out. I've got them in one of the stone terraces; the stone pickes up warmth when we have sunshine, usually holding enough heat to get them through the night. Worst case, OH has built a set of cold frames that can be put over the young plants. For real cold, I have some fire-proof metal lanterns that take a plumbers' candle - if needed these will keep the plants plenty warm.

That said, the plants I've put out are hardy early (i.e., more cold tolerant) varieties. I've made the mistake in previous years of starting chiles and tomatoes too soon - while I kept the plants alive, they were awful leggy and weak, with a disappointing harvest. I've been advised that those really need to stay inside until May.

Some years I've cursed myself for waiting until after the Eisheiligen, having lost a month of growth in our already very short season. But then other years we've nights down to 0 or 2 degreed into mid May.

Sometimes you gotta to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky?
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Just throwing this out there as I'm a complete NOVICE at gardening. We just bought a house with a huge garden. I don't even know what some of the flowers are or if some of them are weeds. Yes I know that's bad. I have two toddlers so no time for any formal schooling but can anyone point me in the direction of good books, magazines or websites to start me off. I don't want to let the garden get over run before it's too late.

Plus I want to plant some nice flowers for the summer.

We currently have tulips, bluebells (maybe not sure) last of the crocuses and some flowers I've never seen growing in the grass lol

Give me a veg patch and I'm fine. Flowers .... 😳😳
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Ahhh what an adventure- I so wish I was closer so I could come and have a look and give you some advice

Post pictures of those plants and flowers here- perhaps?

Never rush with a garden- and wait for at least 1 year, going through all the seasons, before making decisions. Lucky, lucky you

If you subscribe to readly.com you can get 100s of UK magazines on your tablet, including all the gardening magazines. Another good website is the rhs website (Royal Horticultural Society based in Wisley Surrey).

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Odile! That's exactly what I need. An experienced gardener to come and have a look and a friend chat :-). We have a formal gardener for trees etc but tbh he's not the type to be patient withy 'is this a weed or not' kind of question! Good tips regarding the year. I think I will do that for sure. Luckily we've bought u from the family so have seen the garden winter and summer and now spring so far. I just want to keep on top of the weeding maybe. Not a great pic but are these weeds?!
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Cardamine Pratensis....

it is a lovely plant, but many will call it a weed. What is a weed btw, who decides? What is so weird is that across the world, weeds are the local plants which grow so well and freely and are therefore hated- whilst at the other end of the world, it is the other way round because they are hard to grow! Daft- I know.

A weed is just a flower which is growing at the wrong place, for YOU, and nobody else- and a matter of taste, at the end of the day. With the years, I have become much much more tolerant of so called weeds- and try to allow them to grow in parts of the garden, and not in my perennial (flowers that die and come back year after year- my favourites... I only you lived nearer, I've got so many I could split and share).
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Cardamine Pratensis....

it is a lovely plant, but many will call it a weed. What is a weed btw, who decides? What is so weird is that across the world, weeds are the local plants which grow so well and freely and are therefore hated- whilst at the other end of the world, it is the other way round because they are hard to grow! Daft- I know.

A weed is just a flower which is growing at the wrong place, for YOU, and nobody else- and a matter of taste, at the end of the day. With the years, I have become much much more tolerant of so called weeds- and try to allow them to grow in parts of the garden, and not in my perennial (flowers that die and come back year after year- my favourites... I only you lived nearer, I've got so many I could split and share).
Lol. I see. Well I don't mind it hence why I was unsure. The only thing I don't like about this plant (I can't even pronounce it lol) is that it's gone a bit crazy! Maybe I can control it a bit. Anyway I pulled some up out the front garden yesterday not really knowing. But one to watch. What about this?
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Sometimes you gotta to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky?
Not me a couple of weeks ago. I spent a couple of hours sowing seeds in pots and trays, labelled them all neatly and put them in out cold frame.

The windy weather blew over the cold frame and the seed trays and pots blew everywhere - I never did see some of them again.

So it was a bit of a repeat exercise yesterday afternoon but the cold frame has a few rocks in it too now.
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