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What's happened to my Marguerite?

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 13:34

Ok, this is the plant a couple of weeks ago:

 And here it is yesterday:

 I had to chop loads off last night, stems and leaves are all brown and dead-looking.  My initial thought was it had just reached the end of its' lifespan, but surely it's a little early for that?

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be really grateful

Slugs & Snails

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 12:22

Hi Bob you might find this page useful.  They certainly do tunnel, and the only thing I can suggest is either growing something else close by they like to munch, or using a physical barrier or trap, which is what I do.

I would certainly not allow them to do their own thing in my compost bin, the last thing you want to do is give them a home.  Pick them out, squash them and then leave them somewhere for the birds to eat.  Although some believe they are part of the ecosystem like any other creature, I don't see any use for them apart from as food for their predators.  If you let them they will eat all of your beetroot leaves.  This year I have lost 2 echinacea white swan that I bought bare root and planted in March as the slugs/snails just kept eating it as soon as leaves developed.  In fact I saved the second one from the slugs by putting a cut off plastic bottle with copper tape around the outside around the plant, but it was so small and pathetic that the recent spell of hot weather finished it off.  I could give you other examples but worry I'd go on for too long!!  In short, there is no positive advantage to the gardener, don't let them get a foot hold in your crops.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 11:54

Matty, I must confess that I have always wanted to grow Echinops but have only just got round to it, and I can't wait for them to turn blue, I'm so excited!  I've really noticed the bees and butterflies the last couple of weeks, which is lovely.  Last night, however, I saw something slightly odd; there were two bees on my erigeron that were just sitting there.  I thought they were dead at first, then realised they would be on the ground if they were dead.  Here's a couple of pics:

 I realise still photographs don't show the length of time I watched them, but does anyone have any ideas?  Do bees sleep?

BL, glad you like the pot, it was a container collection from B&Q reduced to 50p, but people had scavenged all the plants they wanted from different packs, so I did the same, which meant I had no idea what exact variety I was getting.  I've never grown fuschia or petunia before, and so was surprised to find them having a fight in the pot!  There were salvias in there too but they had no chance.  It's a bit busy for me and I don't like the mix of colours, but I'm glad someone does.  Of course it's not a complete disaster, I've now been converted to petunias and fuschias and next year I'll be growing loads more.


Posted: 31/07/2013 at 11:34

Sorry outdoor clothes on now KEF, anyway the plants are prettier!!  Slight hiatus in the rainfall so have been out but only did some deadheading and emptied/refilled the beer trap.  It's really working, wish I'd got one years ago, although buying all that beer could be costly.  Apparently you're supposed to change it every 2-3 days but I've been leaving it for longer.  It still seems to work even after 4/5 days.  I'd rather spend money on plants so need to keep it cheap.

Apparently heavy rain is on the way in the next couple of hours, so time for some research on the internet.  And I have some questions for you all, so will start some new threads.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 08:41

Lovely pics TCM and Mrs G.  Now for some of mine from the last couple of weeks:

 I can't see these when I upload so I hope they come out ok.  That's Hemerocallis "Crimson Pirate", I love it, so many blooms and so lovely.

 First time growing Echinops.  Planted in March bare root, then covered in snow for two weeks, just leaves until mid-july, and then suddenly spiky spheres appeared!

 Chelsea Lily from B&Q.  Only planted them up the weekend before then after just over a week they're starting to flower.

 Lemon Balm, Thyme, Sage, Chocolate Mint and Parsley.

 I love this, just had some trailing lobelia and trailing fuschia so bunged them in a basket, a lovely combination.  I love it when combinations work out.  I'm not always so lucky, unfortunately, I think this pot is a bit of a disaster:

 Still you can't win them all.  Hope you enjoy the pics.


Posted: 31/07/2013 at 08:23

Oh it seems to have posted! Well that's a close up of the leaves.  New ones further up are ok, but the older ones have been curled up for a while.......


Posted: 31/07/2013 at 08:20

I'm growing F1 Shirley outside in pots.  I always do this as I don't have a greenhouse.  They're doing ok, but I wonder if anyone knows why the leaves have curled up, and what effect this will have?

 Still having problems posting pics I'm afraid.  But the leaves curl in from the edges and I'm not sure why.  Any ideas?


Posted: 31/07/2013 at 08:07

Morning all!  Hope you have a good day.  Raining here, and apparently will rain all day, which has scuppered my plans to carry on with the lawn.  Have also got 5 pinks, a scabious and an erigeron after a trip to B&Q for some compost (whoops), some are for the garden but I can pot up the scabious in the safety of the potting shed.  While I'm still in my pyjamas I'll post some pics in the garden gallery.  Have fun!!


Posted: 30/07/2013 at 09:11

Morning all!  Hope everyone is well, certainly there's loose talk of tea and cake, if only my waistline was virtual too.....

Had so much rain here yesterday!! Thunder and lightning lasted for a few hours, with buckets of rain.  I live on a hill and felt sorry for the people at the bottom.  Couldn't get much gardening done, but never mind.  According to the met office it won't rain today, so I'm off to weed the lawn and aerate it.  It is in a real state but I'm determined to reclaim it.

Lilies are flowering now, ooh also I bought an agapanthus yesterday from sainsburys so need to plant that out as well.

See you later


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 07:46

Good Morning KEF and GG!! Posting in the right place now...Weather lovely here but apparently it won't last so I'm out already. Hope everyone has a lovely day, I'll be back later...

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