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Slugs / snails and Hostas

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 22:43

Just been out on an expedition and killing spree 

We haven't had nearly so many this year as it was much drier than usual. Nothing really stops them here when the conditions are right, apart from hand picking - especially in early spring.

I always laugh when people recommend crushed shells. The render on our house walls is crushed shell. They regularly scale them - up above the ground floor windows. 

why are my dianthus flowers going blind

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 22:37

That's good Roy - they don't like wet feet - a bit like me!

I think it's just one of those things- it certainly doesn't seem to affect the plants long term  

why are my dianthus flowers going blind

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 21:24

Just remove those - it's quite common. Keep them well fed and watered, but make sure the drainage is really sharp. I frequently get the same issue and that's what I do with mine 

Thin conifers suitable for a north facing garden.

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 21:22

Leylandii is a totally different beast altogether though IAW, but I can understand how it gives you some dread of all conifers.

Having said that - I wouldn't be putting conifers  of any kind in a garden that size, unless you're prepared to keep them trimmed regularly and properly, and, as Obelixx said, if you cut back too far they're done. They all get big eventually - especially if you have the right conditions for them. There are plenty of nicer shrubs which would give cover and privacy all year round, and without the hassle. 


Posted: 28/05/2017 at 21:06

Yes - the ones that flower just now like moist conditions. If you beef up the soil they're in and mulch well, that helps too. It has been very dry almost everywhere in the country, so it wouldn't be surprising if the ground was a bit lacking in moisture.

I'm assuming you also have them in a suitable location and they're thriving well enough apart from that?

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 20:35
Hostafan1 says:

yeah,, coz she's magic.

See original post

 aw shucks.....  

How very kind - are you after something?  

I've noticed a lot of queries from 'across the pond'. 

I'd like a wand, but there's fat chance of that unfortunately! Been outside all day and got loads of little things done. That seed sowing malarkey takes forever. The upside of that pottering was watching all the birds flit in and out the feeder. I think they're eating more than they do in winter - those little 'uns must be greedy little beggars!  Mr Sparrow was feeding a youngster yesterday but I didn't get a decent pic. 

Lots of potting on for me too chicky - mainly rescuing things that have been languishing for a while  

I know what you mean about the photos. I supposed I've got used to it because I sort all my walking ones automatically, but the resizing of the ones you want to keep is a bit of a pain. I don't do walk reports on the walk site I use though - that takes even longer. It's a real faff. 

Could do with you to do my sanding and painting Obelixx. Your swallow/martin talk reminded me that the bats were skitting about when I got home on Friday night - it wasn't pitch black, just turning. Really lovely end to the day.  

Joyce   Is that a regular thing with OH ? Hope you're ok. 


Posted: 28/05/2017 at 20:18

Beat  me to it doc   

With the astrantias, division is the way if you want the same plant as the parent. If not - as Lyn says - they'll seed around if they're happy 

I am riddled with guilt

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 20:04

Obelixx is right - they're not container plants, unless the container is really huge. 

However, anything is better than where it is at the moment. Be kind to it, and keep it somewhere in semi shade, as they are woodland plants. Don't let it get dehydrated.

They're not so good as fence/wall type climbers -  more suited to scrambling over things like sheds or arbours etc. If you can plant it out later, when it's recovered well enough, try and pick that kind of spot for it. 

Skeleton Flower/Umbrella Leaf

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 10:47

I expect so B3 - who knows what these people get up to when we're not looking.... 

Big Ears, Lyn - have the PC brigade not got to them yet and made them change that..   

Burnt grass after using weed and moss killer

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 10:44

Oh 'eck - that's the iron. A good scrub and they'll be fine, I'm sure. 

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