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white lilac?

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 20:26
figrat wrote (see)
I guess exterminate or propagate! It is in the nature of s.vulgaris to send out suckers. You could dig up the suckers and grow them on - or get rid of the suckers as described in this thread:-

Thanks.What happens if I just leave them? Do I get a thicket of Lilac or does it kill the parent..or...?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 10:11
kate1123 wrote (see)

@Excitable boy, you have a son who goes outside, where did you find him???

LOL, he's a student, so I just offer money and cider!!

To be fair he worked really hard yesterday and it's making a big difference. Won't do any "pansy gardening stuff" but he mixed half a tonne of cement yesterday and shifted a tonne and a half of path flint, so I'm not complaining. Of course, after about four hours he's had enough and has to have a lie down by the telly.

white lilac?

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 10:04
figrat wrote (see)
It does have some differences - and advantages! It doesn't sucker like s. vulgaris, and as I mentioned flowers sporadically through the season. If you do a google search, pruning advice will be available. It tends to have more of a shrub like than a tree habit.

Figrat, I have a white lilac(well, looks more a sky blue really) which got hacked last autumn when I foolishly took my eye off my better half who had some secateurs in her hand. Not much flower this year, but there are loads of what appear to be young lilac plants within a yard of the parent plant. I presume these are suckers (some appear to have arial roots attached). What is the best thing to do?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 09:18
figrat wrote (see)
Gave up on the gardening as every time I heard something rustle in the borders I thought it was a rat, but each time only the blackbirds. Will try and be braver tomorrow.

LOL, I soooo know that feeling.

Very hot here already but #1 son is back from Uni for a week so hopefully will be able to finish the path edging today. He can then get on with the flint dressing.

I'll try to take a pic when it's done.

Now, where's that suncream?

what to pinch out????

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 11:14

I like Dr Hessayon's "Expert" series. A little dated now but nice and clear with instructions which are easy for idiots like me to follow. B&Q used to do them but have now moved to Alan Titchmarsh. Last time I was in there they were selling the Hessayon ones off, so may be worth a look.

The Vegetable Expert is a particularly handy little book. You can buy it on Amazon for under £3 delivered.


what to pinch out????

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 14:46

You need to plant your lupins out as soon as they are filling the pot as they are vigorous plants. Put them in a seed bed enriched with compost/manure/gromore about 9 - 12 inches apart and then move to your herbaceous border or other permanent position in the autumn or spring. You don't need to pinch out. They are unlikely to flower this year and if they do I would suggest you cut the flower stems off as soon as you see them as this will give you stronger plants. (First year flowers won't be very impressive anyway).

In general I find lupins quite easy to grow, hardy and reliable, but they are a bit of a slug magnet, so you need to take precautions.


Talkback: Dung-flies and rat-tailed maggots

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 22:36
Kate Bradbury wrote (see)
I've just found a dung beetle in my nettle bucket! So exciting!
Last year I spent a good half hour watching dung-flies mating in the bucket of nettle leaves

Kate, you really need to get out more!

Talkback: How to earth up potaotes

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 18:37

@ Alison: Yes. Keep watering and also liquid feed weekly.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 15:54
kate1123 wrote (see)

Excitable Boy- I sowed my french beans, 2 weeks ago and they are all 1 foot high, maybe you were a little early and they are sulking in the cold. I am going to start resowing lots of seeds soon and I hope they play catch up when the weather improves.

I had them in a propagator at 16 degrees, didn't overwater this time. Time to try different seed I think as this is the second lot to fail.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 22:06

Congrats Flowerchild. Hope the job is everything you wish!

Five warm, dry days in a row here, so I've been a very busy boy! Got most of the path edging cobbles concreted in and the scalpings wheelbarrowed. Beds dug and planted for Dahlia and Asters I grew from seed so at last a bit of room in the shed. Put down weed fabric around my strawbs and covered it in twiggy bits sieved from the greatly reduced but still huge compost pile. That took FOREVER!!

Last Thursday I planted about 12 rows of various salad veg. The Mizuma is already up! Still no sign of the beetroot I sowed in March though!

Only three of the 25 french beans I planted in pots on 9th April have showed up. I didn't overwater this time so I'm at a loss.

@ Kate: Like yours a lot of my seedlings seem to have gone into a sulk and decided that they rather like being one inch tall. Perhaps the heat will make them change their minds.

@Wintersong: That is one serious ceanothus - must keep the bees going for miles around!

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