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Morning all... I too very much enjoyed GW last night chicky I agree with you that certain plants make you think of people on here... Funny I'm wild swan on here if you asked my friends and family they would say chillies Only cause I want to set up a chilli farm similar to south devon chilli farm. Got a garden day ish ( pending on weather ) today going to scarify the lawn ( oh watched GW last night and suggrated we get a metal rake attachment for the wolf handle thingy) and get some autumn feed.. Then if I still have any energy then plant some of the bulbs ...... Ooooo GW mag just arrived with free bulbs offer in it!!!! Gonna go read
Hesitating to go out into the garden at the moment as I'm sitting here listening to a Willow Warbler singing in the big ash tree and I don't want to disturb it - it sounds so beautiful - it'll be migrating back to Africa any day now.
Much better conference than Thursday but what a shame I'm not in the garden. Lilac to prune to allow more light when I get the miscanthus. Peony to move for same reason. Tired old non flowering montbresia to throw out. need more bulbs for this path project.... Food n cake good here though. Oh and good strong coffee.
read chickys post about what plants remind us of forumers. Couldn't think what would be mine, but lovely and spot on with the alliums chicky. (btw please change your name to chucky so im not constantly correcting my predictive text!!!)
I would love mine to be roses, my favourite, and I've had so much bother with deer. I've answered quite a few questions on roses on the forum.
The Church charity BBQ went very well, everyone very jolly. Now clearing up.
Quite a bit of digging was done after the willow warbler moved on - the end of the veg patch is now ready for OH to plant his garlic tomorrow.
And a big Victoria Sponge has been made with the 4 duck eggs OH brought home from the farm shop yesterday. The raspberry jam is ready and waiting, but the cream has been left at the farm shop - OH will have to pop back there tomorrow - sorry folks, no cake yet
Lizzie - Roses it is ! (plus someone to share deer woes with! - I have discovered they do not eat rudbeckia "Indian summer" - which has slightly hairy leaves - so have been planting it on mass in my deer exposed borders. About to post some pics on the gallery thread)
Chicky, Do the slugs eat rudbeckia indian summer?
Fidget - they did last year, but this year they left them alone (but last year the slugs were really bad, this year I didn't have too much trouble with anything) - pictures now up on Gallery 2013 - but here are Indian summer again:
The deer haven't eaten any of my rudbeckias, but they have just eaten a purple phlox for the first time, in the unfenced bit. They have eaten some michaelmas daisies but not others, some years they don't eat any. It seems to be worse in dry summers.
Your rudbeckias look lovely, Chicky.
Good morning all
Looks like some people got carried away chatting about rudbeckias after hours!!!
They do look gorgeous Chicky
It's a misty morning here in Norfolk, but mild, and I'm sitting here with the door open to the terrace, being serenaded by a wren - it's so loud it could be here in the room with me!
What ....no one up yet? Come on, there's lots to do
I was inspecting heuchera roots at 6.30 this morning!!!! Morning forkers... Verd you are a pixie but I did laugh lucky I had checked a heuchera lovers web site before I read your thread or I would have run screaming into the garden... Although the blighters can play dead.... Can't treat with nematodes now as the temperature is too low so will just have to hope in spring.... Very muggy here this morning I had a quick look round the garden one of my monarda is growing like mad..... Which is great but could Also cause a problem as it is towards the front of the border and may block out some stuff mmmmmmm may need to plant it in the veg bed in spring.... Right bfast time later peeps......
Verd..... Do I wash the roots now or in spring?
Either is fine. However think I would do it in very early spring before growth starts. Heucheras often look tatty then anyway. You likely will find Heucheras will easily divide when you dig them up. Plant either whole or divided parts back to make bigger impact
For me, I will cut back my Heucheras now leaving no leaves at all and then water on vine weevil killer. There is still time for them to regrow and look good for the winter
Good morning all. Sun shining so I'm a happy bunny.
Lovely pic Chicky.
Verdun, I haven't got any vine weevil. Can I have some to scare neighbour's cats.
Oops! Forgot. Good morning FORKERS.
Very warm and humid here. Looks like a great day to come.
Lucky you KEF having no vine weevils. I have been vigilant over past few years and see much less damage now.
Mine are still in pots ATM they are waiting to be planted in the woods in spring. I'm not doing the bed till theN cause I have to get electrics down there and the patio laid and don't want to loose plants to builders boots..... What brand weevil killer do you use? Wonder if that's why the last time I had a couple of heuchera my chickens dug them up!!!!! Well it's bulb day today my neighbour is lending me his long handle planter that will make it easier on mu poor old back!
I bought a large pack of nematodes last year and applied them twice to The Shady Bank, where primulas and honeysuckle leaves in particular were being nibbled to bits and vine weevils were rampant on dark evenings. We've had no damage this year at all and I've only seen one VW and it was on the opposite side of the garden to The Shady Bank.
Do you remember the damage done to my big hostas earlier in the year by fighting cats? I've discovered the cause - whilst tidying up in that corner I've found the remains of a roasted chicken carcass - neighbour's cat must've been thieving and had a fight, either with another cat or one of those red weevils Verdun was talking about - if they can see off a cat perhaps they'd take up residence in my seedbed next spring
Morning all. Looking nice here. Not caught up with all the posts for last day or two yet. Back aching from too much construction work so will try and do some planting today if poss. I don't seem to get too much trouble with vine weevil but I do check every plant I buy before I put it in and don't buy too many 'imported' plants whenever possible which may help. Better find some wood to touch now...plenty outside anyway! Cats are a b****y nuisance Dove. Apologies to cat lovers- I've had several myself- but they are! Stacey- chickens do scratch and dig all sorts of stuff so it might not have been weevils they were after.
Verd's specialised Cornish ones are very interesting - are they big and ugly and scary enough to deter children Verdi?
I think I want a few Cornish verd weevils in my garden.....