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Dahlia Bishop's Children

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:28

I did put several seeds in one pot (grew them direct in the pot they were going to stay in). Probably over crowded then? I am naughty like that I must admit.

Yeah, no slugs and snails, picked them off in the spring when they were young and put copper tape around it and it's high up on a garden shelf! Pesky blighters. I did keep spraying blackfly off them too but they've quit trying to go on them now!

Thanks very much for the heads up over later flowering. Fingers crossed that's all it is! I'd read that they flower June onwards, but hopefully they're just slower than that  Thanks for your reply!

Why does my garden look raggedy?

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:24

Water! A south face garden and watering once a week may be a struggle for the plants in the summer. I water mine every day in the heat.. Wish the heat was back now tho!!


Problem with climbing rose

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:19

Roses love food! Have you fed it at all? My climber was getting the same as yours and I've been feeding it tomorite since late May and it's coming on leaps and bounds

Dahlia Bishop's Children

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:16

Hello folks! After your advice again!

I grew from seed some dahlia's - bishops children in a large pot. Very healthy looking, dark green leaves, nice and big but no hint of flower at all, and there's not much summer left! Is there something I did wrong? Are they not suitable for a pot or something? Anyone know much about dahlia's? I normally buy them as a plug plant so wondered if there's a trick to them from seed.

Any advice be appreciated!

Kids,dogs and gardens

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 17:19

While I do sympathise, I guess gardens are outdoor space that should also be used (as well as look pretty). At least it was your own daughter and doggie, I get next door's footballs crashing through - I don't have any kids!!Wondering if you could invest dosh as well as emotion and have a section that is yours, off-limits to ballgames and a section for your daughter - is your garden large enough for that next year?


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:46

I thought there were a lot more mosquito's this year, I got bitten 12 times 2 days ago in the middle of the day (shady, dry area).  You do mean mosquito's don't you? Gnat's are anything that flies really!! Some are troublesome, some not so guessing here that it's mozzies you're trying to keep away!

Yes, citronella is good, so's burning lavender oil or lemon eucalyptus. You could use a repellant, the one with DEET, or try putting on some products containing tea tree oil on exposed parts. Wearing sleeves is good to - but not a cardigan full of holes like I did.. I've been reading a lot into this since I became lunch 2 days ago!!

No nice, cute grannie tat in my garden....

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:24

Funny!! Poor gnomes, tell your friend gnomes have feelings too you know!

I don't mind them, they make me smile when I see them in other people's gardens, but I never owned one until now because my partner hates them.  I guess this one he liked being a big kid and a fan of zombies! Did make me laugh tho

No nice, cute grannie tat in my garden....

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:12

I was given this charming zombie gnome for my b'day yesterday by my kind fella as a bit of fun (and he likes to take the mickey over how much I am enjoying gardening).

Am hoping it will scare away the slugs.... '-)


Branches broken off palnts

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 09:51

Grinning at Steve's reply!!

Are they big branches? I watched squirrels completely destroy a young Japanese maple in my old garden. Took all the leaves off and then broke the branches. Happened again to the replacement, so I stopped trying to grow one!

ants in pots

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 12:12

I get them a lot too. I put ant powder under the pot, and also have just bought some of those ant station things and have hidden them behind the pots. It's hard to win - put a lot of my plants in pots to protect them from slugs and now the ants go for it instead!!  If your plants are really suffering, then you could always repot them?

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