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Hakonechloa All Gold

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 15:30

They need well draining soil. They are forest plants, so used to soil being on the dry side.

I have Hakonechloa macra 'Alboaurea' and it is in semi-shade and doing well this year - it is in a large well draining pot.


What are the fields of yellow flowers I see everywhere now? " />

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 08:09

Driving past fields of Rape seed gives me an intense headache. Not a pleasant smell at all, but from a distance they do look attractive.


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 16:42
red john wrote (see)

I said a lot of people have trouble with cats i will still try the jeyes thanks to every one 

What is the point when it will wash away after the first rain? Use sticks to form a is theonly way. You are wasting time and money on any fluid.


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 14:07

Do not waste your time on fluids, 'anti cat plants' and other crap people keep spewing.

There are 2 ways to stop cats digging (which is hiding their poo):

1. Have plants! Ie do not have areas of bare ground/earth.

2. If you do have areas of bare ground (waiting for bulbs/perennials etc) then put lots of bamboo sticks around to physically stop them getting there. Remove sticks as the plants grow.

Easy and cost free.

juniper tree

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 13:56

"...heavy duty plastic sheet was placed over the area of this garden and slates pebbles laid over for keep weeds down..."

Plants need air around their roots as well as water. The plastic is keeping rain and air from getting to the roots. It is also stopping excess water from evapourating, so the roots may be rotting in winter and dry in summer. I would remove the plant and use pots in future.

Something is eating my chives.

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 14:24

Glad you found out what was causing the damage Jenny. The Slugs in my garden (I do not have snails) do not touch my Chives but will eat Foxglove merrily!

Brown patches on my conifer

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 14:21

It could be all number of things, wind or pee. It might be heat burn reflected from a nearby wall or a fungal infection. If you have a fungicide it will be worth trying that,

Something is eating my chives.

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 21:15
lazy gardener wrote (see)

You dont always see slime trails-but my money is still on slugs or snails-again have you scattered any pellets or anything else?-you did not say

Go out tonight after dark-with a torch-you might see a predator returning to the scene

Totally agree - you rarely see slime trails!

Something is eating my chives.

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 16:40

Slugs or catterpillars in my experience.

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 12:09

Grape Hyacinths are edible, but taste nothing like Chive (obvs onion like) - Grape Hyacinths taste like sourish green grapes...I suppose it will get lost in a salad but not something to go wild for!

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