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Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:02

Garden is a restaurant for slugs.

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:01

There are lots of threads on this subject and everyone has a different view on the  best solution unfortunately! Vigilance and night hunting seem to be the most effective methods but it's hard in the early part of the season if you have a lot of young vulnerable plants. Some years are worse than others - cold, frosty weather can help, while mild wet winters are perfect conditions for them and if they then get a foothold early on and then breed....

It might take a few years to get a good balance of predators to help too. Perhaps you could grow a few less 'vulnerable' plants until that happens, or grow them in numbers that are easier to keep a watch over. Keeping  plants undercover till they're  a good size also helps. Strong sturdy plants can withstand the onslaught more easily.

Destroying them when you catch them is a sure way of making sure they don't return for seconds at your classy restaurant  somapop   

apple tree

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 17:52

June drop. The tree can't sustain every fruit it produces so it naturally discards some.


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 17:51

Evening all 

 I've no desire to see Verd's peaches, plums or any other items.....

Well done WW. Disgraceful how these things escalate and cause such trouble and stress to innocent parties. 


I've had a few flutterbies but not on a regular basis. Some Painted Ladies on my walk a couple of weeks ago. You're right Bushman - loads of daisies everywhere. The banks of motorways and roadside verges  are covered. Took some pix of a huge area of wild orchids a few weeks ago in Glen Lochay but that was the day I lost my camera 

Good to see you again Steve. Don't forget your armbands....

Nothing to do with gardening

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 21:03

...and that's where I keep my tea towel.....

Overgrown pond

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 20:47

You've certainly got Irises and watermint - both of which will take over! I'd haul a load of the Irises out  and just leave a small clump. The mint is a bit more tricky as it's like the normal edible type - best contained in a pot. You might find it popping up everywhere so you'll just have to pull it out where necessary. The plant in the last pic with the little clusters at the top is a rush. Again, pull it out where you don't want it.


Posted: 15/07/2015 at 20:41

Mary Rose is one I've earmarked too W'song.   I think they're really prolific but the flowers do look really small and neat. I liked the double flower as it was different.  I have Constance which has a bigger flower but it's covered in spring and the seedheads are glorious. 

fidget - they are the scum of the earth and should be jailed - indefinitely in  my opinion.


Posted: 15/07/2015 at 20:02

Work over, grass cut and edged, and barbecue cooked and eaten. Oldest fairylet now has a pavlova in the oven  

Bushman, thanks but been there and have the t shirt   I can't tell you how much Jeyes fluid I've gone through - doesn't make a blind bit of difference 

Julia is a very handsome clematis W'song.  I've been looking at Taylor's and have a few in my basket....

I can recommend Niobe too. Gorgeous velvety flowers and covered in them right now.

Smashing bargain Lesley 

Overgrown pond

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 19:54

Donna - I had exactly the same issue at my last house. The big pond, spring fed too, fed into the smaller one. You wouldn't have known the smaller pond was there at all as there was planting round it on a 'mound,' so it just looked like a neglected bed. We cleared everything out apart from the flag iris and left any likely looking vegetation at the side for a few days then composted it. Within a month or two it looked ten times better and we were able to introduce a few more bits and pieces.


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 19:45

Cathy - not much I can say. Lots of people here have had difficult situations to deal with too, so you won't be alone if you need to offload in any way. The forum has some truly wonderful, supportive people and many of us have become true friends even if we haven't all met. I hope you continue to find this place a source of comfort if things are bad 

Gardens are tremendous therapy aren't they? 

Lyn - sorry about your snail  

But lovely that he was called Brian and had your lovely garden to live in  

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