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Ants

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 19:25

Kathy2, Hi, wonder when  and where you were in Zambia? I was in the far north for 4 years in the 1990's - where I learned alot about tropical gardening in a dry place - in fact in a place where we had once a year for a couple of weeks or so.  Not that I had much time for gardening, though I did try sowing pansy seeds - to no one's surprise they did not grow!!

Wildflower turf

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 19:16

Don't think weedkiller is a good idea, doubt it knows the difference between your wildflowers and anything else. Turning the grass upside down seems a good idea, unless the soil is very rich, wildflowers like very poor soil with few nutrients in it. 

Elephants ears - i just love them

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 19:04

The name 'elephants ears'  also applies to the tropical plant, usually grown as a house plant, Alocasia - and I have a suspicion that this, rather than bergenia, is what Alina W is talking about - mostly 'cos I can't see that being grown indoors as a house plant.

This is one of the reasons that knowing the family neme of a plant can be a good idea, as I discovered in the past - we know what we mean by bluebells (scilla), but in parts of Scotland they mean harebells (campanula) and in Texas their national plant is a called a bluebell, which looks a bit like a bright blue lupin and I have no idea what that is called otherwise! 

a very miserable lady.

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:55

You need to protect the pots, for the sake of the pots, not the hostas!  They are as tough as old boots, some of mine have been in their pots for 10 - 15 years and have never seen a cover except that of snow.   They are adored by all slugs and snails, I nearly gave up the collection until I discovered copper tape. A strip around each pot had really made a huge difference.  Before then by this time of year the leaves were like net curtains, now although there is the odd damaged leaf, on the whole they are stunning - they are, as I said, loving this wet weather. 

Gooseberries - no fruits

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:51

Two things, patience is a virtue, and two years is a bit harsh, it has needed to develop roots and branches upon which to fruit.  Also, when the flowers were about there were no pollinators about.  Let's be honest - if you were a bee, would you have come out and about or stayed in your nice warm hive? I thought so  - give them a chance, prune well and see if they try hard next year - which will of course be perfect as every next year always is. 

Cowslips in July ????

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:49

Probably like us, the poor things can't remember having a year like this before, I refuse to call it a summer, it just ain't!

Help to find a plant

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:47

You can tie them in as the previous poster said, they can look very good trained in that way - a neighbour down the road has one trained about 20 foot up the wall, very well pruned, and a solid mass of flowers then berries every year, looks stunning.

Should I "top" my sparsely-flowering runner beans?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:45

If you can reach them without risking drowning in the process, pinch them out - mine are at the top of their poles too, but are otherwise vry spindly anaemic looking things - guess too much wet and all the nutrients washed out of the compost - I'd add feed but that will just get washed out too.  If the weather people give us  a suggestion of more than 20 minutes without rain I might try feeding them tomorrow afternoon - we will see. 

Hedgecutting - When allowed?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:43

Anyway, birds aside, and I am all for protecting them I assure you - if you cut it too soon you will only have to do it again later - especially with all this rain.  Leave it later on and maybe you will manage with only the one cut?  Depending of course what kind of hedge it is.

Peninepeta (lovely name) l, if your sparrows are raising the sound level at 7 am be thankful, our pet blackbird starts outside the bedroom window, on a telephone wire, at 4 am!! I love him dearly, but there are times when he really challenges that ........ 

Ants

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:40

How can anything be too dry at present?  Wonder if they normally live under your grass and are trying to escape the wet?  I don't know why anyone would want to get rid of ants, there are tens of millions of them to each one of us, so do-one can win that one. (Mind, when I lived in Zambia, I did sometimes wonder why my four and a half million were all in my kithen at once!)  I must confess I just ignore them, unless they insist on pushing a plant out of its pot, a rare occurence, I usually just repot the plant.   They may just be getting into flying mode for mating, and if left be will settle down to their usual appearance.  The boiling wate method seems unnecessarily cruel to me, how would we like it?  If you really must get rid of them, there are less dreadful ways of doing so, various powders and liquids that poison them, hopefully less agonisingly than boiling water would. 

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