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Posted: 28/05/2015 at 12:23

Possibly hungry, especially if overwatered.  I find they do better on the dry side.  Grow 'em hard and treat 'em mean - they all do better that way!

Help under conifer please

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 16:07

Another option is containers, then you can ring the  changes with whatever you want to see there.  Not much will actually grow as the tree is taking everything out of the ground.  Troughs with pretty mixtures can save such a patch from dark dullness very well. 

Plant identification please.

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 16:02

Surfinias are the larger flowered petunias, bred to be trailing, come in many colours and are often used in hanging baskets.  This is the smaller flowered plant called calibrachoa - often also sold as a basket plant, although for me the flowers, while plentiful and pretty, are more useful in mixed containers as summer flowers rather than in baskets. 

Anyone able to identify these plants please?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 19:45

Pretty in ones and two, but they never come in ones and two - only thousands!! Fighting the avens battle in whole garden for last two or three years.  At least the wild geranium is easy to pull out, and one or two in one or two places can be fine, but the even roots deep and is proving to be a real pain to try and control. 

Dying hydrangeas

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 20:05

Probably, we had some lovely warm days in April then some quite sharp night frosts when the soft growth had started.  Many plants have got nipped, but they will recover - wait till new growth occurs and then trim off the dead bits.  If there are further harsh frosts forecast, then maybe cover soft growth with some horticultural fleece at night.

My poor cold frame and cold greenhouse are bursting at the seams as so many things would liked to get outside, but the night temperatures are just still too low.


watch out, watch out ……..

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 15:38

We have plentiful slugs too and other pests too - but at least they are native, I hate the lily beetles as much for the fact that someone carelessly imported them without bothering to know what they would do, as for the damage they do.  Nothing here eats them, and they eat such alot - especially if you are a lily lover as we are.  

Tea bag mesh on plug plants

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 15:35

For the last few years I have been removing the grow mesh from plug plants, and have certainly had better rooted plants as a result.  I too found the roots were constrained and did not take up feed or water when the mesh was left in place.  I know the manufacturers say the roots will come through and go into the compost/soil, but in my experience they don't.   Careful removal seems to be the answer for me. 

watch out, watch out ……..

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 15:32

Although we have been plagued with the red devils for years on the lilies, this is the first year I have found them on the fritillaries.  I know they do like them too, after all, they are the same family - but until now the frits have been spared - but no longer.  So, all you lily beetle hunters out there, get out the tea strainers and start hunting!

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 10:20

I also tried tree lupins, but the fat aphids liked those just as much as any of the others.  Will be interested to see which ones do not get infested, if any - good luck with the testing.

plant ID help

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:55

Took me seven years to get them to grow here, now they are everywhere, including many areas where I did not plant them!!  Love them though, and although they do spread, they are easy enough to pull up or plant between.  

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watch out, watch out ……..

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