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Thinking ahead

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 11:18

Jobs for next year.

reline pond (butyl has finally rotted and its a foot lower than it should be.)

Build dry stone wall around oak. The stone is in place, it just needs OH to have a quiet week to do it. Then I can plant new hellebores at front of level raised bed which is currently a slope from the great danes playing king of the castle.

 Put mowing edge of pavers bwtween lawn and herbaceous borders.

Find more little nurseries instead of big garden centres full of foreign grown plants.

 I will not succumb to special offers of plug plants that get eaten before flowering.


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 11:10

I really like the look of amethyst in the snow.


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 11:08

Our council provides three bins. general waste in the grey bin for landfill. Compostable stuff that will rot goes in the brown bin. This is where I send all my bindweed and thistle roots. The council compost heaps get a lot hotter than mine.  It sounds like you have green bags instead.

Blue bin for recyclable paper, cans bottles.

 There is another bin by the supermarket for old clothes and textiles, and another for shoes.

Plum Fruit Moth?

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 11:02

The worm in the fruit ends up as a moth. Definitely not aphids. I usually find that the earlier ripening ones have more damage. The later ones are ok. Just cut them in half to check, before you throw them all out.

Pheromone traps for plum moth are usually available in the garden centres in Spring.


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 09:40

well all blacks are dark purple really. Aquilegia  black barlow is really very dark purple.

They need a light background (yellow foliage), or for me they just disappear. Whereas white flowers come to the fore, when you have been at work all day, and the evenings are drawing in.

It is cloudy here at the moment. red and pink cosmos and yellow dahlias cheer the place up, but it is the white cosmos that sing out.


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 09:35

ladybird larvae. Does it have wings yet? It may be transition phase. Poor photo. A better photo would help.


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 09:33

no way do you put it on the compost heap.dry it and burn it, or send it to the council in the brown bins.

Plum Fruit Moth?

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 09:31

Plum moth. it has little pink grubs eating the fruit from the inside. You can spray, but if you  don't fancy that, you can put up plum moth pheromone traps. they don't work completely, but it does cut it down.  Victorias usually have such a heavy crop, you can sacrifice a few


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 09:23

Impressive rose, if you like that sort of thing.  spam?


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 07:53

 I have the standard blue montana, and purple James coutt. I am not keen on blackish purple flowers , as they seem to disappear into the background.

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