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Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:31

Brunnera is lovely, has very similar flowers, slightly darker in colour, and it does not spread everywhere.  The leaves can be very good too, silver splashed or almost totally silver - good nature, has survived several harsh winters outdoors.   Saw a very pretty deep blue forget-me-not in a shop yesteray, being promoted as a 'Cheslsea flower', but I'll bet it is as much of a thug as its cousin - it is a myosotis as well.  

Just bought Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace" 30cm tall

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:29

Mine lives in a pot and has done for the 5 years I have had it.  It does very well - I keep thinking I will make pale pink elderflower cordial, but it seems such a shame to pick off its flowers - and by the time I think I will, it is too late!!  Lovely thing, the baby leaves are quite an incredible black against the greyish wood.  

A couple of IDs please

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:25

Maybe leave it in the pot then?  We have several euphorbias in pots, which also get little if any attention, and they do fine - if it ain't broke don't fix it?

Female blackbird loses her mate - very sad

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:24

Yes, it is indeed nature - but the car isn't so the poor bird never stood a chance agains it.   I don't know if she can bring the clutch to fledging by herself - maybe if they are quite well advanced?  They are devoted couples and good parents, and that song  is so lovely.  Sad .....

Why did this potato plant die?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:22

It does look indeed as if a parasite has had a go at it - the surrounding plants look so fresh and strong - get it before it spreads. 

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 11:21

Such a pity there seems to be no way that we can explain to our natural predators that they could eat them - they must be predated upon from whence they come, hence the falling with the dark undersides facing up so the predator in question won't see them.  Dreadful damage they cause to our lilies, somewhat less to the frits so far - but I do grow alot of lilies, both in pots and in the ground.  I will not be beaten by something someone brought in without checking the contents of the pots and/or soil - grrr!!!   Forward friendly teastrainer ......... the sun is up.

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 16:22

Keep the old teastrainer in your pocket - it helps to catch them, as they turn upside down when they fall you can't see their red backs, their underneaths are black/brwn so they virtually disappear.  if you want to use chemicals Prvado does work.  They come out in the warmth and then I have a great time collecting them up in their large numbers, taking them to the hard standing and then JUMPING on them - hard!! My neighbours have given up even noticing my odd behaviours so this is just one more they can ignore as well.  P.S. I wouldn't use the teastrainer you use for your earl grey, an old plastic one is fine!

Tomato Plant

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 16:44

We've all been complete novices at some point, and about some things we all remain so.  It is thus important to share whatever you can with new folk who may have all sorts of information to pass on to others - that's how gardening goes along!  Enjoy. 

Advice needed!

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 18:17

Yes, well, that's a 'how long is a bit of string' question nejaan.  You can grow absolutley anything in a pot provided it is of the right size and you are willing to do everything for the plant that it would do for itself in the ground.  We have 400 odd (probably in both senses of the word) pots in our garden, from 6'' across to three or four feet - and we never, ever go away in the summer because every pot needs attention every day.  Ok, you don't ned to be as besotted and silly as I am, but pots do take alot of attention  - depending what you grow in them  They need weeding, even with gravel on top, as they cannot cope with competition as there is far less soil available to each plant than would be in beds, watering is an art in itself as no two have the same needs.  Advantages are that, at least with somewhat smaller ones, you can move them around as each thing comes into its best. Our daffodil pots are now beside the shed till next spring.   Having said you can grow anything in a pot and you can, some things are easier than others.  Wild life plants are often natives and tend on the whole not to be as happy in pots as other things.  We have small (grown that way, not pruned) buddlea, which the bees/butterflies love, hostas which they lve for the flowers, oregans, mints, many small shrubs and grasses, trees - which may be more than you want - not everyone wants a 12 foor oak tree in a pot - small acers, bamboos, (not not native, but I like them), dicentras, sweet peas, peas, beans, other veggies, herbs,   foxgloves are surprisingly happy in a pot, all summer bedding can be grown there, iris's, especially the little ones, all spring bulbs etc.  There are some excellent boosk about container growing, try your library and see what they have?  Take a look around your area and see what is growing well, ask the gardener what it is, whether it is a perrennial (stays more or less as it is, comes back each year) herbaceous, (dies back but returns each year) annual (needs replaving each year) bulb, most can stay where they are - including lilies which are very happy in pots.  I could go on, but won't or  I  will wear your eyes out!!  

Bulb sizes?

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 18:04

Lilies are often good buys, the only thing you need towatch out for is if they are mold free and still hard.  Having said that, that is the ideal, but I have bought 'throw outs' for pennies, sprouting and soft, and many of them have done wll for years - still, it's not the best way to get them.  Get them planted, time is agoing for lilies.  

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