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How hardy are my plants

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 10:48

From what I've read the A senescens can be grown in USDA zones 4 - 8 which should make it hardy in Cambs and the Monarda in zones 3 - 9 

But I've no experience of either  



Posted: 07/09/2014 at 10:36

ID guide here  you can compare it here 

We have the UK red ones in the garden - they're much redder than the Spanish one I saw this morning.  I checked on the ID guide and it was pretty clear which is which.  Our red ones are really orangey red and not mottled like the Spanish one. 


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 10:22

Apparently they can withstand drought better than our native slugs, they eat plants not normally eaten by slugs and they also breed more prolifically.  

There's also concern that they will cross-breed with our native ones - I suppose that will give them hybrid vigour and they'll get bigger and hungrier and start attacking cats and small dogs   Might keep the rabbits down tho' ....... if they can climb perhaps they'd get the squirrels too ......

Trumpet creeper (Madame Galen)

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 10:18

I've not taken cuttings of C tagliabuana, but I think I'd take hardwood cuttings later in the autumn, when the leaves are falling - that's what I intend to do with my C. radicans.

Good luck 


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 10:07


If you're going to use it fairly quickly just cut it up and bag it.  If I'm going to keep it a bit longer I either freeze it as a compote or roast it in the oven with a little sugar then bag it.

But I don't pick rhubarb after July.  I leave it on the plant so that the leaves die down and the nutrition passes back down to the crown to provide next year's crop. 


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 10:03

Apparently we live in the centre of the area invaded by Spanish Slugs and we've just found our first one.

We've reported it on this website 

Have you got Spanish slugs?  If so will you help the experts at the John Innes Centre to monitor their spread and also find out more about their habits by reporting yours too 


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 09:59

I've just discovered a Spanish Slug on the terrace .  

We're used to seeing huge red Arion rufus in the garden and we leave them alone or put them in the compost bins, because they help break down organic matter and eat small slugs, but apparently the Spanish Slugs are bad news   I've reported it on Slugwatch and  I've followed Dr Bedford's instructions for the disposal of the SS and am keeping my eyes peeled for more 

Chillis on Thai basil

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 09:46

Basil plants will not produce chillies.

If they are basil plants they will be basil seedpods.

Spring bulbs early

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 09:43

I often find Muscari (grape hyacinths) put up leaves in the autumn, a long time before they're going to flower.  

But I think the early summer and recent cool spell may have deceived some plants - my wild primroses are flowering!

Making your own hoops for netting

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 08:53

I've not done it - but would a fairly stiff hosepipe and some bamboo canes do the trick?

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