diggingdoris


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Poisonous

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 20:19

This looks a bit like my cotoneaster lacteus leaf, which does have berries like this, but not until later, usually December. I suppose it depends on where this message comes from. I have looked it up and I see that the berries are mildly toxic, but for a small child could be dangerous.

Talkback: Most hated plants

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 20:03

Just read all these comments and I'm astounded how many plants people hate! I can't think of a single one that I dislike that much, as most plants are great in the right place. Admittedly I don't enjoy having thorns in fingers but it would not stop me from buying roses, and although I have not got a Berberis, my neighbour has and I admire the colour when in full bloom. As a florist I look at plants differently, especially foliage plants. Even Aucuba and the dreaded conifer can look fantastic in the right arrangement. I'm sure people have learnt to dislike plants that are difficult to  control, but it's sad to rule them out totally. Grow some in a pot where you can restrict their size.

And as a final word, just stop and take a really close look at one of those hated flowers. It's miraculous how perfectly the petals are formed into the flowers; each one a masterpiece!

HONEYSUCKLE won't flower :-(

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 17:11

reading these answers explains why my honeysuckle does not flower much, because it is growing up my corkscrew willow. That must take most of the moisture from the roots. Maybe I'll start another plant somewhere else.

Hollyhocks

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 18:20

I think Carol Klein told us that hollyhocks are in the mallow family and slugs don't like them. Am I remembering correctly. It was on a recent GW programme. I've grown some from seed this year and they are all un-munched.

Deutzia

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 17:47

I had the same trouble and someone suggested that I trim them to half their length.  I thought they were like runners at first till I saw they came from the branches. I had four long stems that made the plant look as if it was an upturned table with long legs! I cut mine several weeks ago and it now has little leaf buds coming by the last pair of leaves from the cut.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 21:24

I used Westlands and lots of stuff has not done well in it. But that could be down to the weather conditions. One thing I have noticed is that it does not hold the water well. I can water my pots and it just seems to run through. I shall try mixing MPC with soil next year and see if that makes a difference. The seed compost from them was rubbish as well, with a very poor germination rate even in the greenhouse. We just can't win!

Hibiscus buds not developing

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 18:12

Thankyou all for your input. Loved the singing, but might just wait to see the one flower before I dig it up!

Hibiscus buds not developing

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 12:04

I've got a hardy one that has not bloomed for 4 years or more. Anyone who remembers me from the old BBC site may recall how I gave it a good talking to last year and said 'If you don't bloom next year you're out!' Now what do I do? I seem to have one tiny bud on it but that's all. Surely it should have bloomed before now.  Don't know the best way to treat it. I've tried feeding it, starving it, and swearing at it! Anyone got any ideas, please?

slugs and flour

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 19:26

I'm glad the flour worked for you. I'm happy with the numbers I'm getting in my pots as well, but I've put some boards down in spare places after seeing your number count. I've noticed a few small brown frogs in the borders this last week and I think that's helping keep the numbers down. Also when the dog goes out for his bedtime wee, I go out with the torch collecting snails and slugs from the lawn and patios. Amazed how many I find. Another full bucket for the dustman tomorrow!

perennial plug plants

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 11:08

Don't forget that if they are young tender plants the slugs and snails will not be able to resist them. So the stronger and tougher the plant is the better chance of surviving those little blighters!

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