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26/04/2012 at 17:14

Wintersong I thought Vine Weevils loved Sempervivums too ???

Lottie camping ?really? this weekend? How much are they paying you?

Yvie my parents have just gone through a change of recycling too, it was very difficult to explainhow leaving rubbish outside your house for 3 weeks just in case they turned up  was not a great idea.

26/04/2012 at 17:23

Kate, I wish! They're not paying me (or any of the other 20 leaders) anything. We're all just a little bit crazy......

26/04/2012 at 18:39
kate1123 wrote (see)

Wintersong I thought Vine Weevils loved Sempervivums too ???

Never found any in me Sempervivums to date but I will certaintly keep a beady eye open thanks!

26/04/2012 at 19:59

I am delighted that my echiversa survived the winter outdoors, but since I brought some inside  the greenhouse for the winter, I have an embarrasment of riches.

26/04/2012 at 20:00

Woops- I meant an embarassment of echiveras, of course.

26/04/2012 at 20:33

26/04/2012 at 20:35

april in the garden-a friend who feels my garden should be more productive(his words)brought a selection of herbs. what use is fenugreek? sounds nasty.

26/04/2012 at 20:42

Oh David Spikes! This is all happening today in your garden? How lovely it is looking!

My herbaceous growth is still languid

26/04/2012 at 21:10

26/04/2012 at 21:26

I must invest in more spring flowers! I love taking flower photos and painting flowers.

It's a pretty old camera now a days, but I just love the extraordinary shapes and textures to be found in nature.

 Alliums from last May...

 I love ivy and have clumps of it growing in the makes mounds and doesn't flower and looks stunning to my eye...

26/04/2012 at 21:28

nice mate love it

26/04/2012 at 21:30

It was sunny all afternoon and evening down on the Sussex coast but I was stuck in the office until 8pm At least I still managed to walk home in the daylight.  Not so long ago it would have been dark by then.  I love BST.

When I got home I went and inhaled a good lungfull of apple blossom fragrance in the garden.

26/04/2012 at 21:45

Okay, some more photos to cheer everyone up (thats if you like them) I have thousands, but here's just a few...

26/04/2012 at 21:48

Well I like them-you do take some good photos -I just point and shoot-must try harder

26/04/2012 at 21:52

Wintersong and David - great photos

26/04/2012 at 21:59

It's all about the form and texture and play of colours to my eye and I adore those super landscape views you get at the huge posh gardens (or countryside) but since mine is nether huge nor posh and I don't live at the edge of a cliff/woodland/moors I do it close up.

The last picture had me on all fours in very peculiar angles and the Bee shot ( I have a few Bee shots) normally has me being very still and just crazy clicking to get the best snaps. A lot are blurred and get edited out

27/04/2012 at 00:47

Wonderful photos--and quite inspiring.

Just managed to give my pinky finger a healthy whack with the hammer while building a deer-proof enclosure for my tomatoes-medicated immediately with ice and vodka, so at present feeling no pain. Guess tomorrow's another day for that project! Luckily it's my left hand.

27/04/2012 at 07:37

wintersong nice pix-very. do you have sedum spathulifolium? it is hardly(usually) and is at it's best just now, tiny rosettes of grey, pink and scarlet. have a sedum juniperifolium that is adding 3' to it's diameter every day-it makes dragonsblood seem quite staid by comparison.

27/04/2012 at 09:17

Yes I do have Sedum Spathulifolium, its one of my favourites for form and colour although I don't have pics sadly. That's the one that got decimated last year by Vine Weevil (a recurring problem with my Sedum) and I ended up with one stalk that is now about eight rosettes, so I will nurture it this year to get it well established again. The best bit about Sedums is that they don't even need a root to get going from nothing. You can't lose on light soil and I'm my heart is stolen by their leaf forms and textures. So much for your money!

I just planted Sedum rupestre Angelina in a shady spot under my Acer tree. I have Hosta Blue Angel next to it and some Gerainium Johnshon's Blue at the back, so I'm really hoping it will light up that corner without being any trouble.

Sedum Angelina is prolific around my garden, I had it contained in pots but its now even in the patio and paths. One little leaf drops off and a new plant grows but I really don't mind, it fills gaps rampantly and is a great border edger with its vivid luminous yellow spiny arms. Later in the year, it turns amazing orange and rust colours and has flowers to boot.

27/04/2012 at 09:33

Oh I just googled Dragonsblood, I have that also. That's the plant that I just discovered eaten by Vine Weevil yesterday. It's hard to tell with Sedums because they can live for long periods without water, I guess they don't show signs of attack like other plants would!

Well, I buried the stubs in a sandy bit of soil yesterday and luckily last year, I took a whole tray full of cuttings but I guess I will need to treat these prostrate Sedums for Vine Weevil at the proscribed times of year, I do have a problem with this pest on my light soil and they do favour Sedums especially but my Sedum spectabile Brilliance seems to manage without special care, its so big that it doesn't notice the odd nibble