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Grass solutions

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:26

Grass will always regrow once the weather changes - I cannot imagine how much money outdoor lamps and power would cost, but unless you are running a crown bowling green, I would recomment patience as the best medicine. 

rhubarb

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:25

Stop now, many people say you should not pull after June, but most rhubarb was late this year because of the dark wet start to the year.  Stop now, and give the plant the rest of the year to gather strength, mature its roots and dig down for the winter.  It will then shoot up next year for more pies, crumbles, jam etc. yummy!

Golden rule

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:23

It very much depends why you are pruning? Are you wishing to contain a plant that is rather too big for its site? Do you want to encourage flowering and / or fruiting?   Plants in the wild don't get pruned and they survive, so really, unless you go totally wild you can't kill anything with a bit of pruning.  Indeed, to prune after flowering is a good rule, of thumb, knowing whether the plant does whatever you want it to do on new or old wood is a good idea, i cut off my lilac flowers for ages before i realised I was doing it too late - poor thing, i gave it all sorts of abuse because it didn't flower, and it was my fault.  Stick to one set of guidelines, too many books will confuse you and then the plant - they are very forgiving, and want to grow, so any mistakes will correct themselves in due course. 

Geraniums (not Pelargoniums)

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:19

The trouble with all the books we read, both old and new, is that the plants have read none of them, and will do exactly as they please when they please, and whenever they please.  Most hardy geraniums benefit from a haircut in autumn, I've also known people to do it now to get young growth before the winter, looks good throughout then unless it gets frozen.  in the end, provided you have not maybe overdone the nurturing and so on, it will just get on with it.  i have many of these all over the garden, they are wonderful plants.  Sometimes, as with many things, less is more, maybe leave it alone for a while? I believe it's only been in place 2 months? It hasn't had any chance to grow good roots to keep it well settled, it will, just give it time. 

Strawberry Plants and Fruit bushes - weed control

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 22:02

Netting is the answer for birds and squirrels, careful siting with little or no access for the slimy ones for the slugs and snails.  My raised bed for strawberries is made of brick, with a good rough surface, the slugs and snails dislike using this to access the fruits, there are easier things for them to attack.  The berries in pots and growbags have copper tape around them to discourage them - and as I said, netting over all - the somewhat stiffer type in which the birds cannot get tangled.  All we need now is some sunshine to give us some berries to protect!!

Lavender from seed

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 21:57

I have not grown lavender from seed on purpose, but it has self seeded in our garden, in the gravel path,  so that sowing must have happened in autumn when the seeds fall. They would then have sat in the gravel over winter and then begun to grow come spring - so I'm not quite sure why the instructions the pack gave were as they are - it's not what nature has done here.  Maybe sowing them into a seed tray and keeping out in the open, sheltered maybe, under a hedge or something,  as you do with some primroses - this may be the answer? 

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. 

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Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
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frosted lilies

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out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
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bird feeders

caged fat ball feeder 
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Hazel nut queries

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