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Posted: 29/05/2014 at 09:01

I had a phygelius in the front garden. It was a narrow strip of bed that runs between the path and next door, shallow soil, a bit stony, full sun for a most of the day.  I dug it up two years ago because it was old and overgrown and I hated it.  But last year shoots were coming back which were duly cut down.  I wish now I'd kept it and nurtured it  because that plant looks stunning.  If I find any more rogue shoots then they're going into a pot to grow on and then go in my back garden. 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 08:51

That's a lovely clematis.  I found one scrambling through a horribly overgrown area at the top of my garden the other day.  Sadly it ended up in the bags with the ivy and nettles, I hope I haven't killed it off, as it had gorgeous huge pink flowers.  I haven't got to the bottom of that area yet, so maybe I'll find the base of the plant.  Good luck in identifying yours, OL.


Posted: 29/05/2014 at 08:46

Morning everyone  had a bit of a lie in, oops! Feel like half the day has gone already. Wet here again, I'm hoping to have a couple of drier days before I have to go back to work next week   I envy all of you who have a greenhouse to play in, I'm saving up for mine.  I can hear loads of birds but there are only pigeons in my garden, sadly. I might get some stuff done if the rain holds off.

Have a good day all.

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 11:13

Each to their own......personally I do not feel that slugs have a "right" to live in my garden and munch the plants I have paid for/sown from seed and nurtured for my pleasure.  I don't enjoy killing any creature but I do find it satisfying to stop the molluscs in their tracks.  The same with ants and aphids.  There's plenty of forest and other places where I live where they could go and munch happily.  If they choose to venture into my garden then they risk the beer trap or my salt-water jar.  It's up to them.


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 11:04

you  can buy ladybirds online just google it


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 10:23

I pick them off by hand.  I know it sounds like you have a lot of them but it is worth it.  I keep waiting for the ladybirds to come and eat them but I never seem to get any.  The other thing you can do is get on top of any ants there are.  Ants farm aphids and it may be you have nests near your favourite plants.  Buy an Ant Stop baitstation or similar brand and they'll be gone.  The ants, that is.  Encouraging predators is all very well but it doesn't help when they're sucking your plants dry, so I just put my gloves on and sweep with my fingers up and down the affected stems.  Sometimes it's too late and I have to snap off an affected leaf or stem, but it's better than losing a whole plant. Good luck.

Mystery Plant

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 08:59

Wish I had one of those weeds in my garden!!!!


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 08:56

Lovely Pelargonium Marion, and lovely pictures from your friend's blog.  I'm sure that even drenched your garden looks lovely.  I may not post much on your thread but follow it avidly.  Good luck for today, it will go well without a doubt


Trees or Shrubs?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:07

I understand your need for privacy.  However, as someone whose garden is overlooked by three large trees belonging to my neighbour, I would like to say it is reasonable to object to potential damage and loss of light.  I lose so much light in my back garden, especially in the afternoons, and I wish every (sunny) day that my neighbour would just have them cut back.  And the fence on his side is being pushed by those trees, so it leans onto my side.

Chrissie B made a great suggestion.  How about putting up a pergola and growing something lovely like a rose over it?

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:00

Never mind, Peat B, we know which thread you meant.........

I put slugs and snails in a jar of salt water because I don't think raising the salinity of the soil is a good idea.

Someone asked what happens when plants flop over the copper ring?  Yes, that can be a problem, but it happens seldom enough.  Plus if you continue the nightly slug hunt and pick off any intrepid nasties, it's usually enough.  Copper tape is reasonably priced, especially if you go to somewhere large like B&Q.

Sorry to hear about your disaster, Caral.  I don't have any pets (children are enough) although last year one of the local cats dug up an iris rhizome I had transplanted to the front garden and killed it, so I do know how you feel.  My garden seems to be a haven for all the cats in the street grrrrrrrrrr   If only they ate slugs, I might not mind them so much.

Eternal vigilance is the key.  You can never win completely against them, simply because there are so many and they never stop coming, but you can do enough to be able to grow the plants you want.

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