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Planting seeds

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 22:21

its a bit late for pumpkins.  you can sow oriental leaves and salad lettuce leaves now.

I sowed some last Sunday and they have already germinated. I expect to be cutting them to use in salad in three weeks.


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 22:10

i'm getting ready for bed, too.

A hedgehog is snuffling around the patio. thats twice this week we've seen him/her.

Now hes just got to go and eat some of those slugs. I think he prefers foxes dinner instead.

What's this? Flower in lawn...

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 21:30

That was my thought too.

Bug identification please.

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 21:09

It appears to parasitise caterpillars of emperor moths.   another one to look out for.

Bug identification please.

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:47

Thats the one. Well done fishy. I'm glad it doesn't have a sting.

A bit different from the one I saw on the fennel last year, that had a long ovipositor.

Another bug to add to the list.   The less i do, the more I find....

Bug identification please.

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:21

Can anybody I.D. this for me?

It was in the front garden this afternoon. Big body, noticeable as black and yellow, although when the wings are closed you cant see that. Photo is on an Ivy leaf.



Posted: 31/05/2014 at 15:12

I've filled one brown wheely bin, just started on the second (next doors).

I'm throwing the big slugs in with the weeds.

A squirrel has taken a fancy to my tall yellow scabious, biting off branches to bring the flowers down, and then running off with the flowers.

I need something to eat then back to the jungle.


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:26

Domestic goddess where do I get one of those then?

Do they sell them in Sainsburys?


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:23

Did anyone  see Carrie Thomas and touchwood aquilegias on gardeners world last night?  Those double yellows and the variations are what I'm hoping that I've now got dozens of seedlings of. They should flower next year. There's still time to order seeds and get them in asap. Those going to barnsdale, I will bring some seedlings with me.

Time to clear out the island bed and put in the tropical... cannas, brugmansia ,agave, echeverias., all we need now is some sunshine.

Help! Peaty and boggy soil ... any plant suggestions?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:47

I'm guessing you're in the swan river basin. I've seen lots of the white zantedeschia growing as a weed up there in boggy areas.  As its classed as an introduced weed I guess you won't want it. There are coloured versions you may get at Bunnings.

 You could grow many plants that we can't grow in England,because there is no frost or snow. You could use swamp myrtles  or the paperbark eucalyptus for shade. They will be ok with wet feet. A lot of plants that need better drainage,would be better in big pots or raised beds adding sand and gravel to increase the drainage.

Kings park has a sale of native plants every spring. The resident botanists should be able to give you advice,or you could look around the lower lakes and see what is growing well.most plants are labelled.

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