Diamond Jules

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SOS Lupins look like the are dying

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 15:31

You have all made me laugh!  And I have visions of dancing watering cans!! Very funny.

hummingbird hawkmoth

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 15:33

Yes - they ARE amazing- I saw one in my garden a few years ago and had to look it up then.  Do you live near the coast because I gather that they occasionally get blown over here from warmer climes?  At the moment I have 5 different varieties of butterfly feeding on my buddleia and hibiscus, oh, and a beautiful turquoise blue dragonfly this morning!!

What is wrong with this plant?

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 22:57

Er - at the risk of sounding stupid - is it just lack of water?  How much rain have you had?  Here in the SE we have had very little.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 14:01

Italophile - WHAT IS YOUR PICTURE????  I keep looking at it, but really can't make it out!  I just hope it's nothing rude!


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 13:53

Wooh!  The lavetara usually grows much taller that 2-3ft!  I would say more like 6-8ft tall.  It's the cultivated version of the mallow weed.  Very nice in the right place!


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 12:37

Thank you for the advice about watering and manuring.  That would make sense as the plant is in a raised bed, with not too much room for the roots to find moisture I imagine.  I will raid my compost bin and surround it with some good rotten muck.  


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 04:43

Speaking of honeysuckles... can I nudge in on this conversation?  My honeysuckle suffers with mildew annually.  Many years ago I managed to combat this with rigourous spraying with fungicide, but I've sprayed 3 times this year with not much effect.  I can see 2 others of the same variety in nearby gardens and they don't appear to suffer in the same way.  It makes it look so ugly; it's on a north facing fence (so roots in shade and foliage in sun) just like one of the others I can see.  Confused!

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