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Posted: 31/07/2012 at 19:15

I like Buddleia too but it can be a bit invasive if you don't keep an eye on it.  They can self-seed all over the place and they put up root runners too.

I would like to get some blue cranesbill (geranium pratense) for my garden.  We have some in pink and the bees seem to like it, but I am also a big fan of blue flowers.  The cranesbills are easy to look after and are good ground cover.  I like this one:

I've recently planted some blue salvia and some Russian sage (Perovskia)

Maybe if we ask nicely we can persuade the RHS website to include a search option for "bee & butterfly-friendly"?

slug slime

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 17:29

When I collect them I use 2 plastic bags.  I save all the small thin bags you get from the greengrocery counter in the supermarket etc. to use as binliners in the bathroom bin and these also make ideal slug collecting bags.  Put one bag over your right hand (if you're right-handed) and use this as a glove to keep the slime off you. Place the slugs into the other bag. When you have finished collecting, put the 'glove' bag inside the slug bag and securely knot the top, then put the whole thing in your bin.


Posted: 30/07/2012 at 17:05

Coincidentally, someone today sent me a link to which is a French organisation who have an epetition to try and get these neonicotinoids banned in France (so clearly they aren't banned there at the moment).  I am a huge fan of Monty Don and I am trying to follow organic methods.  I am shocked to learn about the routine treating of seeds and bulbs with pesticides, and the fact that this does not even have to benmentioned on the labelling when we buy these things for our gardens.

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 16:01

Where we are they pop up all over the garden like weeds.  The one at the bottom of our drive is about 2.5 metres high.  Many of our neighbours use them as a sort of informal low hedge but if you trim the tops they tend to end up with all the growth at the top and half a metre of bare trunk underneath.  They are quite hardy, even though the flowers look exotic.  The flowers come in various shades, from white through pink, purple and lavender blue.  They use the dried petals a lot in those fruit-flavoured 'teas' you can buy because they make a nice red colour, and hibiscus tea is supposed also to be good for you.

Something is eating my lavender

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 15:35

Well, figrat, I admit I have only caught a quick glimpse of the hamster-like creature but I didn't notice any white markings on it and its fur was more mole-grey than reddish-brown like the European hamster. Also the range map on Wikipedia doesn't show any in our part of Europe.  It could just be a brown rat which has lost part of its tail, of course...

Something is eating my lavender

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 14:05

I think I may have found my lavender eater.  There was a tiny bright green caterpillar (about 1cm long) in one of the pots this morning. It's not there any more!  I didn't think lavender had many pests, but you live and learn. I'll keep an eye out for any more.

Something is eating my lavender

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 00:36

We've been in France permanently for about 3 years but we only bought our house here just over a year ago.  Still lots and lots to do, and it's only a tiny and very plain house compared to many, but we love it here.  Is your parents' rodent a coypu or ragondin?  We don't have them here, I don't think, but they are an escapee from fur farms in certain parts of France.

Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum)

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 00:23

Fair do's.  They're nice people, so they might be able to suggest someone closer to home you could buy from, if you give them a ring.

ID Request

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 00:20

It could be a solanum of some kind, though the leaves suggest a heliotrope.  BUT the flowers (although blue) are not at all heliotrope-like. The flower shape definitely looks more salvia-like, so my money would be with Leggi.

Mysterious plant

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 00:03

I sowed borage in my garden in Essex once.  I also fell for the 'good with Pimms' story.  Well it probably is, but how many times a year do you drink Pimms? Be honest, now?  I found it to be what gardeners call "an invasive plant", as in, it keeps growing even when you don't want it to.  It does have quite pretty blue flowers, but the 'cucumber-flavoured' leaves are only edible if you boil them so they don't cut your tongue with the nettle-like spikes.  I'd rather buy a cucumber.  I agree that the bees like it, but if you're short on garden space I'd look for a plant which YOU like as well as the bees.

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Something is eating my lavender

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