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Moving delphiniums at the wrong time

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:50

Quite honestly I'd give them a good long chance to make it - plants really want to grow and if they possibly can they will.  Provided the root loss was not too huge they shoud do well.  Ideally you should remove their  flower heads, I know this sounds dreadful, especially in the case of delphiniums, but it is alot to expect of any plant to  heal broken roots, make new roots and flower  all at the same time.  If you can bear to sacrifice the flowers for the next batch, they will stand a better chance of recovery. 

getting rid of ground elder

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:47

Yea, and when pigs fly the price of bacon wll rise!! Sorry, but really, if only it were that easy.  It is possible that some plants will over run it and reduce its strength, though I've never in all the years come across one.  Many people are absolutely plagued with ground elder and the only way to get rid of it is to dig, dig, dig and then dig again, removing each tiny bit of root because each broken bit will yield a new plant.  You can weaken it with constant mowing or choppige, glyphosphate will reduce it, keeping it in the dark (under carpet or black plastic)  just slows it for a while - really hard graft is all that does it.  Having said all that, I have it, and quite honestly it is a weed I'd rather have than some, say mares tail, docks and so on.  It can be cut down, if you never let it flower it slows the spread. It disappears in winter and quite honestly, with other plants growing through it, it rally is not that offensive IMHO. 

My first plant - fruiting grapevine

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:41

At this stage, move it where and when you like - even later, it is surprising how forgiving plants are when you ask them!! That vine will come to no harm. very early in its life and in the season.

Maybe a little patch of garden for your boy so he can learn to appreciate what you are doing and enjoy gardening?  They take to it remarkably early if given the chance. 

roses

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:38

Horribly cold and dark year so far?  If things get warmer and brighter they will probably bud and flower.  Would you do nice things if you had to live out there? Me neither!!

Identification?

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 17:37
CarmenM wrote (see)

If you find out the identity of the yellow shrub please let us know? I admit it , I'm horribly competitive!

I gave you this one earlier on! At 13.37 - if it is in fact kerria

Talkback: Blue tits and great tits

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 15:18

Indeed, why anyone would eat flying rats quite defeats me!  The pigeons that were raised for eating as as far distant from the detestable creatures hanging aorund humanity as wolves are from lap dogs. Your nice new leaves are sweet and soft, good grub for nearly everything, including, sadly, pigeons. 

a little tip

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 15:15

Agree a hundred percent re fruit trees, but it has never worked agains slugs or snails for me.  Maybe I am not generous enough?  Anyway, I would drop the pot when I tried to move it.  All 65 of my hosta pots have copper ings around them, that also helps greatly. 

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 15:14

One thing I would add, get the biggest one you can find a site for - anyone who has a greenhouse will tell you they wished they had a larger one!  I personally prefer wood from aluminium, I think it more sensitive to a garden, and it is always a couple of degrees warmer in winter than a metal one. 

Red Bugs on my fritillaria imperialis

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 14:17
happycottontail wrote (see)

What a beautiful hosta, Gail.  Do you know its name?

 

PS I have this hosta, if I remember correctly it is called 'whirlwind'

keeping slugs off the hostas

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 14:15

Many of my collection of hostas are in glazed pots and they get eaten as much as the others here.  The only thing I have found works is copper, all pots have copper tape around them, that does help, as do the ferrous based slug pelllets which are not dangerous to other wildlife - though I would still take care with them when in use - children certainly should not be exposed to them, as large amounts of iron can be dangerous to small people. 

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