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Agapanthus pest

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 07:32

They're sneaky Linda...

I didn't think they were particularly prone to much either, but slugs and snails have just been taking over the world this year. You'll just have to set up 24 hour surveillance 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 07:29

Definitely my 'soon to emerge' Phormium flower. Pic will be posted as and when, but the anticipation is all part of the thrill. 


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 07:27

Yes Lesley - they don't like me...

Even when doing the West Highland way in damp conditions, other people were swatting frantically while I sailed on regardless..... the Avon skin so soft stuff is supposed to be the best remedy but apparently they've changed the formula because they don't like it being associated with repelling midges. 'Go figure' as young people say nowadays 

I'd accidentally 'trip' and claim an injured ankle/calf/leg/hip would mean it would be dangerous to proceed chicky...


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 06:19


Time for your early morning wake up call Panda....

Sunny here - pity I have to work 

Laurel hedge.....again!!!

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 22:32

The roots will spread roughly the same diameter as the top growth.  I'd plant nearer the fence and let them grow out from that.  Before you plant them, just give them a good watering so that the compost is nice and damp. Make the hole a bit bigger than the pot and backfill with compost when you put them in. They won't need clipping that often, and you can keep them more informal by pruning out individual stems rather than clipping in a solid shape. 


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 22:14

Jim McColl Fishy 

He's been around forever!

Laurel hedge.....again!!!

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 22:06

The prep is the most important thing Danny so you're starting out the right way . A good general fertiliser like Blood, Fish and Bone is ideal - sprinkle a bit in with your soil and some extra compost to give the plants a good start. Laurel will come in pots rather than bare root so you can plant any time of year unless the ground is frozen or very waterlogged. Plant about 2/3 feet apart as they get to a good size very quickly. I'd buy them no bigger than about 3' as they'll establish quicker and grow better than taller ones. Water in well - a good canful for each plant - and mulch with bark or compost afterwards to retain moisture, especially if you're planting soon. Keep the area weed free so that there's no competition for nutrients and water, and water well in dry spells until they get going. Stand back and watch them grow 

Is this a Clematis?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:56

Niobe is a good deep red OL, and Rouge Cardinal is a deep claret red and a good performer .

There are loads though.

Unknown Conifer

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:49

Thuja occidentalis Degroot's spire has a spiralling habit. Try googling that to see if it's similar.  There are so many conifers, yews and  pines etc that it would be very difficult to get an exact match. If you can remember where you bought them, perhaps you could ask there? If it's a nursery they might be able to come up with a few suggestions.

Is this a Clematis?

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:29

It's vital you have more OL...and you will find a space if you try hard enough...

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