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Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 16:42


 


 


 


 

Gorgeous RB.

Although we had -4° and heavy frosts a couple of time in early October which put an end to all that was tender there are a few things still struggling on, even a clematis.

 

Don't be scaredy cat.....

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 10:18

Stinging nettles, thistles and brambles in the flower beds, Hosta! Don't care for Virginia Creeper, it's rampant here, so is ivy, both have even popped up in the vegetable garden.

Don't be scaredy cat.....

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 09:57

Plastic box balls

I find it hard to throw anything out, even the bergenia that never flowers. Japanese anemones aren't invasive here, probably too hot in Dordogne summers. Anemone White Swan that Verdun likes so much just dies.

On the first page Verdun mentioned Salvia Hot Lips, Penstemons and Day Lilies as plants to throw out, I love them all and they do well here. Hosta mentioned Summer Bedding, I love that too planted in pots around the house and filling in gaps where the tulips were in the beds. Someone mentioned not liking Michaelmas Daisies, I love them too, great for autumn colour.

Aquilegias help

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 09:40

You can lift them and pot them up. Weed suppressant fabric is better for the earth than black plastic as it lets water through, more breathable.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 08:54

Morning all.
Hope you are feeling better today, Dove. OH has a cold, hope I don't get it, I want to sort the garden and I'm babysitting grandchildren on Tuesday.

1° and misty this morning. Hope the sun comes out, sheets and towels to hang up.

Grey curved things

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 08:47

Have just looked up rose chafers. Rather confusing, the English sites describe them totally differently to the American sites. But they are agreed that they are toxic to birds and shouldn't be given to chickens. English beetles are metallic green, I definitely have them. I also have rose leaves eaten down to skeletons. American ones seem to be reddish brown and slim.

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/roses/rose-chafers-on-garden-roses.htm 

Grey curved things

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 08:35

That's a useful chart, Dove.

I have stag beetles and larvae. The larvae, when I come across them (not often) are very big. I have smaller larvae in my compost heap, had wondered if they were vine weevils but now I think they are rosechafer. I shall look them up. I usually chuck them out for the birds to eat. Apparently chickens like them! I did Google it all some years ago, but there wasn't a foolproof answer. I think the legs, or lack of, have it!

Warm Autumn

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 22:46

I saw a butterfly today.

gladioli

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 22:44

I don't think they need warm conditions. I don't even dig them up. When it's a hard winter I loose some though, but with an average sort of winter they come up again.

Grey curved things

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 22:38

I hope they weren't vine weevil larvae. http://www.gardenforumhorticulture.co.uk/pestwatch/vine-weevil.htm 

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