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July in the garden!!

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 19:45

Wow! Lovely pictures all of you.

 Tina5 I'm a few miles from you as the crow flies across the water. I'm near West Mersea! So you must be suffering from all this rain as well. I baled out 10 buckets of water from the edge of one border today. We are clay here and it takes ages to soak away so I thought I'd help the flowers as they were sitting up to their necks in water! WHERE IS THE SUMMER?

Slugs and snails

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 19:22

A piece in my local paper suggests sinking any plastic dish ie. marge pot for example into the soil, then adding 2 tablespoonsful of flour and filling it up with water. A great slug trap she says. I've done one today near my delphiniums. I'll let you know if it works.

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 19:12

I'm like you Tina5, I cannot resist filling the smallest place with something new. Also the leave it where it seeds is something I've often said and I noticed that some famous gardeners say the same. I have to move things backwards sometimes as the rain seems to wash seeds down into the gully of the border and then large plants root and hang over the edge of lawn too far. I hate chopping their heads off when I mow! I may have to be a bit ruthless at the end of the flowering season as I've got large clumps of feverfew coming up everywhere. I love them and they are so bright and cheerfull, but the selfseeders are taking over some of the beds. Over a few years one plant can get huge. Then I'll have a few spaces to put in something new! Hurrah. GC here I come!

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 17:27

Each to their own I say. I like the cottage style with lots of plants close to each other. The advantage being there's no room for weeds! But some like plants with their own little circle of earth around them, but they have to keep weeding. I like a mixture of shrubs,annuals and perennials and climbers for all seasons, with a small patch for a few veg.. There's never a time with no colour in my garden, even in the winter the various colours of the evergreens keeps me cheerful.

can you identify this very mysterious plant?

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 17:28

Difficult to describe. Best to search for images under Aloe vera plant. Lots of clear pictures.http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=aloe+vera&hl=en&rlz=1W1GGLL_en&prmd=imvnsl&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=K2P4T86UOciHhQeyjNm3Bg&ved=0CEYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1024&bih=563

Poppy seed

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 16:57

Many thanks I'll try that. Someone told me that poppy seeds are known to lie dormant in the ground for years and then suddenly pop up. Fingers crossed.

can you identify this very mysterious plant?

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 16:47

It's a mystery to me as well. The only plant that I know you can cut off the thick watery leaves to rub on skin conditions is 'Aloe vera' but that's a succulent plant not a bulb.

buried snails

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 15:57

Not sure if it was one of those but I found a bright orange one easily 4 inches long when I was walking the dog. Not seen any in my garden. Occasionaly I see the big black 3inch ones, but not recently. Size doesn't seem to matter when it comes to slugs, as the small ones do just as much damage! What I find amusing is that rhubarb leaves are poisonous to us, but the slugs munch on them and it doesn't kill them!

midges

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 15:44

You are all lucky, as I was allergic to the Avon stuff. That brought me out in a rash before the midges saw me! I was told to take vitamin B1 suppliment for at least 3 months before we went to Scotland on hols. Someone else told me to eat lots of garlic while north of the border. Trouble is it kept the locals away from me as well as the midges!

midges

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 19:54

Oh reading these messages takes me back to many happy holidays in Scotland. I remember the midges very well! The worst we had were at a caravan site near Loch Maree. You just did not go outside after 5pm! Even the dog didn't want to have a tiddle at bedtime because he was swarmed with them. I'm very allergic to bites and my face blew up all swollen and red. What a miserable time we had. We get monster mozzies down here, about an inch long with a very nasty nip, but nothing like Scottie midges!

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