Latest posts by Daisyheadcase

slugs, slugs and more slugs

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 13:41

That video was horrific those monsters can go anywhere.  The weird thing is how they do different things in different gardens.  Ighten, my aquilegia leaves are manna for the snails, they are always munching them, although thankfully the damage to the plant overall is minimal. 

slugs, slugs and more slugs

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 07:06

Judging by the sheer number of posts recently about slugs and snails it's clear they're having a bumper year.  Perhaps the mild winter that we had, coupled with the rains over the last couple of weeks have provided ideal conditions for them.  I've been going out at night and getting around 30-40 every night.  I sympathise, Shelley, with your runner bean misery.  My under-gardener planted potatoes and onions this year, his first time at planting anything at all, ever, and the slugs swarm over them every night.  The beer trap does get some, but like yours only around 10 a week.  Still, that's 10 less to munch the garden!!  They've also eaten a small tomato plant - completely stripped it, and a sweet pepper.  I will post links to some recent threads that you could have a look at for ideas.  For plants I cut up a pop/water bottle and put copper tape round it then around the bottom of the plant, that usually deters them, but I've found it difficult with the vegetable to do this, so it's just a nightly trip up the garden and picking the b*****ds off.  If you do this you will save your plants, like Dove says don't remove the leaves, they'll eat those instead of fresher ones and your beans will survive!




Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:48

Need a tea but thanks anyway Dove.  I hate my bladder it woke me up three times last night

Butchered my honeysuckle

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 21:19

It's not dead.  I tried to kill mine last year but it grew back.  May take a while, but it will be back.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:50

 They're all from the front.  My back is still nowhere near presentable. The clematis is the only one from the back garden and I had to chop it down along with all the weeds you can see.  Hopefully in a couple of years I can post pictures of a real back garden.




Lovely pictures all   Here's some from my garden.

Clearing a garden

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:43

This is a joke, right? 

unknown plant

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:41


You need to get rid of it and do it very carefully as Dove says.

ident please

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 12:46

Without seeing the whole plant it is difficult.  It looks like Carex pendula or pendulous Sedge which forms very large clumps if you let it and self seeds everywhere.  Established clumps are very hard to dig out. 

I'm no grass expert so someone on the forum may correct me.  However, if it is pendulous Sedge then I can tell you of my experience of it. I used to have some in my last garden.  I was forever pulling up seedlings and cursed when I tried digging up an established clump.  It is brilliant, however, for dark, shady areas or problem corners. I planted it in shade to fill a gap and it was much more well-behaved.  I am looking to acquire some for my back garden, which has a longish deep border that is in shade a lot of the time, it will help to fill it out quite nicely.  It is beautiful but plant it in full sun in good soil at your peril!

Transplanting Sedum

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 11:17


Well thanks again, Verdun, and to Hostafan and Lyn.  Cakes all round, I think.  Fairygirl and Dove, maybe you're ready for some elevenses?


Transplanting Sedum

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 09:40

Verdun don't be greedy, you couldn't possible eat all that cake by yourself!!!

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