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Communal garden - council keeps destroying our plants

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 14:40

Who actually does the 'mowing' and 'weed killer spreading'? - if its the local authority, they may able to be contacted via the relevant dept in the council, but this wouldn't be the housing dept.  They may be able to tell you who maintains the council property verges etc.  It may well be a contractor - largely not gardeners and just know how to use use mower.  A contractor can be contacted directly and may well be ameniable to doing slightly less.  Expecially if you know they are due to attend and a noitce is there expalaining you are trying to make the area more pleasant. 

The local parish or town councillor may be able to help and liaise on your behalf.    I know how you feel.  A local greening group put crocus, cowslips and other small plants around a seat and that lot got mowed and weed killered to 'tidy' it up - they could see they were not weeds.  Shabby and stupid   Good luck


Visiting Malvern Spring Show

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 10:11

I loved Malvern this year - its a lovely show with plenty to see, and the wallet got hit a bit too.  The show gardens were largely beautiful, several spectacular but those and some others were not shown to their best advantage including the schools gardens on the GW programe which was a huge disappointment. Some of the school gardens merited mention - they are our gardening future, with Chris Beardshaw presenting an award to one school. Sadly not even a glance - sorry BBC you've really shot yourself in the foot there. I didn't realise the presenters chose not to go to see them.  Are their boots too small now? The standard of plants as usual lovely despite the winds and weather around in the week before when setting up.  I live fairly locally so it's a joy to be able to go - must now go and plant

Beared iris Border

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 09:53

How about some creeping thymes or oregano, they are low growing, flower, good for bees and will give you a matt of colour and green or some in variegated forms of oregano.  The gladioli are found in some beautiful shades including a lovely green flower to compliment the iris you already.

Vine Weevil

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 22:34

Flipping little bar stewards . We just need to see and stamp on the little critters.  You only really find out when your lovely plant collapses with no root system.

The BBKA have just said that they don't feel they are convinced that neonictinoids are the cause of bee death (Amateur Gardening).  In addition France have just lifted a 10 year ban on these with no crash in their bee population.  Australia doesn't have a problem with verroa mite.  Maybe the problem is a combination of mite, weather, winter, cold, starvation and some chemicals.  We all urgently need answers.  Keep that 10 year old shouting Dovefromabove,

Vine Weevil

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 23:17

Thank you to Pamela for asking a timely question on VW and their larva, all for contributions and to Jatnikyapyar for putting more plainly what I was thinking. BUT - Pamelas queston was - would the problem of VW be spread if the soil was spread out? Not asking for a heated debate on the merits or otherwise of pesticide use, although that is a topic which can run and run....................................!

I feel that there are likely higher concentrations of VW and their larva in pots as there is a better temperature and conditions for their lifecycle and to thrive.  There also appears to be less predators than plants placed in open ground. The adults are very difficult to see in compost unless they begin to move, touch one and they fall over and play dead, the grubs are relatively easy and they are to ones that do the damage to roots.  Will Pamela spread the problem? - possibly, but if the soil is laid out as others and Shrinking Violet has done, and retire to let the birds loose on it - any spread will be limited.  There are likely to be VW in other areas of your garden, if you find them in pots.  Go for what ever control method you feel is appropriate for your situation, in my opinion.


Posted: 29/04/2013 at 13:16

I think the jury is still out on this one, Rachel.  Even your chimney sweep cannot guarantee what people have burned and therefore what the soot comes from,  If its oil it's ntt good stuff.  Wood soot maybe, but there are pros and I'm afraid mainly cons about using this and coal soot now. 

Vine Weevil

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 12:53

I would probably do all of the above.  Spread the soil out for birds to pick through, use nematodes of which I have had some success, sift soil and have used provado on hostas I've replanted last year and on a large potted rhodo that I can in no way lift. 

I have also lobbied my MP about the conversation that is currently taking place in parliament on the use of pesticides and the protection of bees.  I acknowledge that global warming IS taking place and that my local fruit farm which IS organic has lost 30 % of its bee population over the winter.  Without bees we cannot have a fruitful existance as huge crops depend on it for their and our very survival.  I do agree that a single plant in every garden treated with pesticide has a alltogether large effect, but the pesticide industries have a much much bigger effect.  Sort the big users out and nature will cope very well with the little users, is my humble opiniion, for what its worth. 

There is every place around this forum for ALL personal opinions, however strong and thank goodness for that.  There is no place for bullying though.  Just as long as our opinions are shared and not forced, other asking their question can then make their own informed minds up.   Thanks to those who have put web site details & I will update my own knnowledge on these pesticides


Beared iris Border

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 12:16

How about Nerines?  - late summer flowers that need their bulbs baked too? Do you have space to put a paving slab witin the border and to put a pot onto?  Something like cannas in a pot,  will have the foliage above the iris rhizomes and can have beautiful foliage, for lat summer.  Other than that something on a stem so that it is deeper rooted and with a crown higher than the iris flowers if you've space.  Or  - something trained against the wall as a back drop e.g. berberis/contoneaster that is bomb proof and will take south wall baking?  Depends on how deep the border and the soil is.    but late winter is the tricky one.

Unusal Lawn Plant

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 11:59

Never seen that before Julian.  I like daisies growing in my lawn & that would certainly add interest.    Keep hold of it for a bit as nutcutlet says - it might not make you either famous or a huge fortune, but as a native hybrid it may well spread country wide as 'Julians surprise' or something similar .  Variegated plants tend to be less vigorous than plain green leaved ones, so it would be interesting if it is slower to grow than normal daisy plants.

We saw it here first 

Compost bags

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 11:53

Thanks for your thoughts and some good ideas, several of which I can certainly use.  I thought until rencetly that those in the farming/animal communiies also had to send theirs for landfill, but there are commercial contracts for farmers to have their bale coverings etc., taken away, sometimes on an annual basis - its a shame they don't pitch up in local communities for a short time even annually, to pick peoples up too.   


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