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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Ants friend or foe

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 18:11

I have lost several plants because of ants undermining them. The latest was my rhubarb, huge ants nest in it. I didn't want to use poisonous ant killer for that so I've lost it, wish I'd known about oil of cloves.

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Posted: 17/02/2013 at 17:37

I think my most time consuming job in the garden is weeding. My horse manure is full of weed seeds that the horses have eaten which have survived the rotting down process! Also I am surrounded by woodland (brambles, ivy etc in it) and fields which are wild life friendly and full of wild flower seeds which are weeds in the garden. I think the dear little birdies sit in the shrubs and drop bramble seeds out of you know which end! But I'm really very lucky to live in such a beautiful place, so now feel guilty for having a moan.

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Posted: 17/02/2013 at 14:21

I looked up pruning hydrangeas and it sounded complicated. But everyone agrees leave dead flowers on to protect plants from hard frosts then cut off dead flower stems. My French daughter- in-law then cuts off the top third of the whole bush of mopheads and they do well, but all the sites I looked at said not to do this if you want flowers - she always has flowers. Confused.

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Posted: 17/02/2013 at 12:48

Thanks for the portrait Geoff, if ever I meet you I'll be able to recognise you!

I just bought some nasturstium seeds to sow next to the broad beans Jean. I wish my Dropmore Scarlet needed heavy pruning. It shrinks every year and I think it's had it.

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Posted: 17/02/2013 at 08:37

It was the white blouse that got me. Who wears a white blouse for gardening? I usually end up brown.

Really need some help, badly!!!!

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 21:21

Good luck, keep us posted.

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Posted: 16/02/2013 at 21:18

Yes! back aches Must clear up the mess I left on the lawn tomorrow. Bed soon.

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Posted: 16/02/2013 at 18:38

We loved Trebah, which winds it's way down a valley with stream and ponds, lovely planting down to the sea. Hidden Valley gardens, Treesmill PL24 2TV are lovely for summer planting, lots of perennials. A lot of Cornish gardens are best earlier in the year for the azaleas and rhododendrons.

Weeds vs an old rickety back

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 17:59

Yes, eventually, seeds can be dropped by birds or float in the air, but it will still be a big improvement and they're not too hard to hoe gently out of the chippings.

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Posted: 16/02/2013 at 17:57

Dreaming of summer and looking at old photos. Here's another garden we visited on a trip to England, Bosvigo in Cornwall


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uploading photos

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