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Why does my festalis ismene (Peruvian daffodil, spider Lilly) die after 2 days

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 08:17
Good point, Dove. I suspect that may well be the reason.

Why does my festalis ismene (Peruvian daffodil, spider Lilly) die after 2 days

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 08:06
I have read that they have a long vase life so seems strange? Maybe they are quite fussy about how they are treated once picked?

If I have misunderstood and they dies before being picked was it something about the weather as I believe they are quite tender? Did you examine the flowers to see if there was any insect damage?


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 07:39
Adding lime to clay soil helps improve the soil structure as it causes chemical reactions which create larger soil particles so it can provide the benefits of lawn sand. But it will alter the ph level - if your lawn is also quite yellow and not growing well then it may indicate that it is too acidic and the lime may be the answer. The best time for applying it is in the autumn, not now.

I would ring the garden centre and ask their advice again if you are not sure but If your lawn is green and well and you are just doing your usual routine aerating then just take it back as Buddy says

Cheap alternative for basket / trough liners?

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 07:31
I've used inside-out compost bags - same method as Daintiness, works a treat. Given the size of the troughs maybe try a cheap pond liner fabric? This would help retain some moisture which weed membrane wouldn't - put some holes in as described for the compost/bin bags.

I say cheap as you don't need it to be the good stuff and it wil be thinner so would probably be slightly more flexible for getting a neat finish


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 07:26
Oh Mike, I had to laugh at your description of your planned encounter with 'David Attenborough' on the 31st July, I think that commentary would make you and me squirm. And you definitely have my sympathies on the blood tests, I hate them, hope I get to a point when I can watch the claret flow - although I guess we would both prefer never to have got to that stage.

Am glad you have being out in the garden.

Suggestions for filling a small south facing border

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 07:18
It won't take long to get some if the suggested plants into your border and it will not need much maintenance. A full border is much easier to maintain than a neat one with space between plants for weeds.

The only maintenance you would need would be 5 or 10 minutes now and again and once you and baby have settled down that should be no problem. And when he or she is little then can start to learn about plants and flowers when you are enjoying your garden.

Enjoy your baby and your garden : )

Suggestions for filling a small south facing border

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 18:56
You could leave the bulbs and put in plants between then that will take over when they have finished.

Agree with Dave that costs are lovely. Some hardy geraniums would be easy to maintain and be coming into full leaf and the flower as the bulbs go over - Johnsons blue is very reliable and easy to maintain but there are lots if other varieties as well. They would also complement the cistus. Elysium Bowles mauve also keeps on flowering and flowering and is very low maintenance.

what to plant atop a north faceing hill

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 17:44

You probably need to plant young, small specimens so that they can establish well and are not so buffeted by the wind whilst getting their roots set down.

Re your list

Ceanothus like to be relatively sheltered so I wouldn't recommend it.

The others ideally like full sun so it depends on whether your height compensates for the NE aspect? if a bit too shaded that combined with the wind may mean they don't thrive. I think the Buddleja and spirea probably would be safer bets that the weigelia.

Some suggestions - these are all plants that cope with coastal or exposed positions so should tolerant wind and will be ok with the aspect

Ribes sanguineum Edward VII

Viburnum opulus 'Xanthocarpum' or V.tinu 'Eve Price'

Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade'

The hardy fucshias like magellanica or Riccartonii should also be ok, esp. if planted small say 1tr max so they can establish before too much buffeting.


Slug farmers. Volunteers needed. (There's is method in my madness)

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 09:16
Hi Victoria

I've never done very much before now as in our old garden we never had a real problem. But we now have an allotment and for the first time I can understand the need but determined to use organic only methods.


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 09:12


Will that do? Am afraid that all varieties of teenagers are hard work - boys, girls or undecided - but it does end and they do become nice grown ups eventually.
My brother was a nightmare as a teenager and I remember him sending my Mum a huge bouquet some years later with a 'Sorry' card. His teenagers were being a nightmare and he suddenly realised what he had put my Mum through. Her response was that she didn't need flowers as she was enjoying watching him pull his hair out : )

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