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leather jackets - artificial grass!

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 00:28

It seems leather jackets and chafer grub killer is longer available.... 'for domestic gardens' .... this phrase is now regularly 'trotted out'... for nearly all pests it seems... I've been down the nematode route for some time.... but its still not effective enough.....ts a dilellema .... "save the planet' or just 'get rid' without harming other species ... no answer yet it seems.... meanwhile the leatherjackets devour my lawn with or without nematodes.... :-{

Jelly Palms (Butia Capitata) - anyone any experience?

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 23:33

Read conflicting reviews - hardy to -10 ..... only hardy to 0 degrees? - a bit like canary island date palms (canarensis) - only down to 10 degrees?? - not minus 10 just 10 degrees - what nonsense - I managed to keep the growing tip going in minus 5 with minimum wrap....

Anyway .... now live near Newquay, Cornwall (not Hertfordshire as before) - and just purchased two Capitata - stunning looking palms - just hope they can put up with the salty sandy winds (just 15 minute walk to the Ocean) - and maybe a chilly winter? - Ive found wrapping can cause more harm.... the growing tip remains wet and cold for too long ... never gets the chance to 'dry out' - and too late when spring comes around, any hooo .... any hands on knowledge much appreciated!


Conference Pear on North Cornwall Coast anyone?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 23:51

6 foot high fences (I know they can create a 'back wash' as it were) - nearly all round - so we shall see....

Conference Pear on North Cornwall Coast anyone?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 23:23

Well - anyway -  visited Newquay GC and questioned the staff who had no idea why my pears had failed .... 'more likely with plums' they said - so bit the bullet and bought another same pear .... last chance ...... 3rd time lucky maybe - a bit bigger and a bit ore expensive of course ..... we'll see what happens :-}

Conference Pear on North Cornwall Coast anyone?

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 00:43

New to the North Cornwall Coast I am in a steep learning curve for all of my gardening having come from the 'temperate climate' of Hertfordshire.  Just one example...... the newly planted pear (having been 'acclimatised' for a year in a pot a just a couple of miles or so inland) - flowered like crazy and put out fresh green leaves - all to have been decimated by relatively mild winds of late - blossom and and 'fruit' all dropped and leaves turning black.  The cherry, apple and plum trees are looking good.... getting used to being 'cordoned' against the same South West facing fence as the pear is... .... but early days..... just wondered how your pear tree is if you live in a similar situation....?

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 00:12

Hmmm - thanks for those responses .... I'm no expert - obviously -  but I figure most grasses have to get used to being 'chopped' down by animals/weather and the like - so I'm thinking maybe the wet winter weather may have had something to do with it ... I am in Cornwall after all...and they are in pots!  One pot has shoved up a stem of around 2" - I'm reluctant to 'fiddle' with it and try and repot it as it could be the end of my little grass shoot of recovery as it were... but if ~I don't it could just die back.....?

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 00:13

I made the mistake of cutting down the foliage on my few month old stupa when it turned brown during the winter.  Now its not doing anything.... no new growth which is a bit odd I figure?

Cornish Hedge - plants to keep ivy and nettles at bay?

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 22:18

Thanks for that ...... I can only access about two foot of the top half of the hedge - but will do my best to keep the ivy and brambles at bay.  Meanwhile I've sprinkled a few old packets of wildflower seeds ..... will see what happens :-}

Cornish Hedge - plants to keep ivy and nettles at bay?

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 22:58

I've just had a Cornish Hedge built - its like a wall with large stones held together with soil.

Now I'm OK with looking after and planting up such when I have access to both sides - but this is a boundary hedge and the farmers half is not accessible and obviously covered in ivy/nettles (and hawthorn/blackthorn - which is OK) which will creep over to my side of course.

I was wondering what I could plant/sow (apart from wild flowers) on my half that would be vigorous enough to cover my top half and at the same time suppress the unwanted?  Now I know that Ivy and the like is good for wildlife - there is plenty of that on the farmers side - and I want it to remain that way..... I don't want to resort to chemical sprays .... just something to give good ground cover and maybe evergreen?

I suspect there is nothing that will do it? - maybe 'wild' geranium/vinca - any other ideas please? 



what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 22:58

Thanks for that 'dovefromabove' .... yes - they are in tubs so have already given support ...... be interesting to see what happens...:-}

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Discussions started by dannyson

Jelly Palms (Butia Capitata) - anyone any experience?

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Conference Pear on North Cornwall Coast anyone?

Fruit trees - how has your pear tree done locally...? 
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Stipa Gigantia?

Why isn't it growing? 
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Cornish Hedge - plants to keep ivy and nettles at bay?

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Paul Daniels Garden - 'the one show' - name of 'thug' grass?

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Cowboy Bums.... (Lithops)

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Nerines - so looked forward and so disappointed....!

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