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Salvia hot lips

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 18:28

I did take cuttings and at the moment the flowers are all red.  Hopefully that will change through time.  

Isn't this weather glorious!  I am sitting feet up on the patio and it is baking hot.  Didn't realise how glorious it was while I was at work! Just as well really. 

Hesperis taking over

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 16:17

What a happy bunch you are!   Thank you all for your input.

 Pansyface, my OH is looking out spare wood to make me stilts as I write. 

Hesperis taking over

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 10:40

Not sure of the advantages of sitting on it but if Dove does it she must have a good reason. 

Hesperis taking over

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 07:58

I like a wild, natural look to my garden. I have had Hesperis growing now for about 20 years but this year it has taken over. Two weeks ago the main colour was bluebells, the last of the tulips, honesty, columbine and Welsh poppies then one week of amazing weather and the Hesperis shot up, some now taller than me, and is absolutely dominating everything.  It is swamping the rest of the plants which are responding by growing taller themselves.  It feels like I'm shrinking.  I've never seen anything like it and clearly I need to remove lots of it but it looks and smells divine.  Is anyone else noticing the same thing?  What can I do to keep it smaller next year?

Wildlife pond resident

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 07:59

I did introduce frog spawn both years (rescued from a nearby building site). I'm in the city so little hope of a passing frog finding my tiny pond.  (Though a neighbour did open their curtains to find a deer in their garden a while ago!)

Wildlife pond resident

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 07:37

Thanks ladybird, I would have loved to welcome back one from last year.  This may be the first this year and there are scores in various stages in the pond.  Reckon the spinach helps them develop faster than the lettuce I fed them last year.


Posted: 29/05/2017 at 07:29

Your house is west facing.  Sun rises in the east and sets in the west.  Your back garden is east facing, front garden west facing.

Wildlife pond resident

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 07:24

Last year we dug a little pond which has given us a great deal of pleasure. Two tadpoles survived to become frogs but this year there had been no sign of them having survived the winter until this weekend when a little frog hopped out of the long grass into the pond.  I am now wondering if this is a new frog or possibly one from last year.  I would have expected last year's ones to be bigger but it seemed much the same size as I remember.  My question is, given the time of year is it likely to be a new frog or a one year old? (I did introduce spawn both years) 

Lawn advice

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 19:33

I would give the lawn an exceptionally good drenching with a sprinkler.  Check the water has really penetrated the soil then allow the grass to dry before using the 4in1

If the main problem is dandelions why not just paint them with a systemic weed killer?  Or when they are wet just spoon some lawn sand into the centre of the rosettes?

Buddleia bushes die off

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 18:44

Sorry Buddleia

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Hesperis taking over

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Wildlife pond resident

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Dobies email

Set my teeth on edge......grrrr 
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Yet more moss in lawn advice needed

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Wild garlic pesto

Which nuts do you use? 
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Deadheading daffodils

Whole stem removal or flower? 
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Salvia hot lips

Survived the winter, what now? 
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Does anyone grow bodi peas?

Bodi peas/yard long bean/bora/asparagus bean 
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Coffee husks

Anyone been using these in the garden? 
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Leaf mould

Best method 
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Begonia and dahlia bounty

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Unknown shrub

It is flowering now, pretty little honeysuckle like flowers which don't seem to be attracting any insects. It has to be moved so I am contemplating whether or not it is worth saving. Any advice welcomed. Thanks. 
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Last Post: 30/05/2016 at 14:45

Chelsea Flower Show

Why was Grayson Perry allowed so much time? 
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Update on new wildlife pond

Three weeks later 
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Small wildlife pond

Is tap water a complete no-no? 
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