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Pound Shop Lupins

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 23:02
Verdun wrote (see)

And the lupin aphid is especially damaging...and large.  A chemical or soap spray before the spikes form is effective though

Ah, forgot that they have a specific aphid and yes they are larger (makes a yuck face). I will try  to remember to spray them before the spike grows as hundreds of aphids are just not pleasant.

Pound Shop Lupins

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:46

Agree with the above - plant with the shoots at or near the surface. Lupins grow large and I find slugs not to eat them, if at all. Their biggest enemy are greenfly. You can literally run a glove over the stems and get hundreds of them.

Van Meuwen

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 11:27
anthony mcglen wrote (see)

ordered some hosta plants from bowdens on the 14 of feb  i did ring then to seen if they had any probs.was told they had made the desission as a company to delay all orders up to two months because of the flooding here in the uk

They are based in Devon, so they may have been flooded. We should try and support them in that case...Hostas tend not to come up until April onwards, so no loss to yourself I hope?

Pingles - old country name for ???

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 09:50
artjak wrote (see)

In Glasgow, they kept talking about the 'area', it was, I think, the steps to a block of flats,.

Not heard of that term - communal areas and stairs are called the 'close' and that is used across Scotland.  Area to me would be synonymous with neighbourhood. Traditionally in Scottish towns back gardens are 'back courts' and specific gardens, enclosed for fruit and veg, are 'yards'.


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 09:30
punkdoc wrote (see)

he trick is to damage the stems and then to spray. Continued digging it up does weaken it as well. So a 2 pronged attack. 

Spot on.

For a veg patch I would not want to use herbicides, so if you have a problem with Horsetail then sort that first or build a raised bed.


Posted: 20/02/2014 at 13:40

Do they think gardeners are the best demographic for new kitchens? How many people buy a kitchen online without ever seeing them from a company advertising on a gardening forum? I do with spammers would go away.

Can I plant bougainvillea in my front south facing garden?

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 22:13

Agree with the above, our winters are too long and wet and the summers are just not hot, dry and long enough for them to survive outside all year.

ID this plant

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 20:05
Jim Macd wrote (see)

It is definitely a Dracaena my first thought was what's known in the trade as a Yellow Stipe, but I'm pretty certain it's a lanky fragrans. Has it ever flowered? They smell very lovely and drip lots of sticky nectar. 

Thanks - literally only had it a  month or so. It was foliage in a bouquet of flowers for the wife. I thought it had potential for rooting and the foliage is nice. It has started to root.

ID this plant

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 13:27

I thought at first it was a type of grass such as Arundo donax. The cane is  bamboo like but the leaves not right for Arundo.

Dracaena is a possibility - trying to find a pic of fresh trunk to check.

Thanks everyone!

ID this plant

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 11:07

Can someone kindly ID this plant? Came with a flower bouquet and roots quite readily.


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