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Caterpillars, nasturtiums

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 21:38

Probably Large white butterfly caterpillars.

You can pick them off by hand,  or let the blue tits eat them.

While they are eating nasturtiums, they are not eating cabbages. Some people use them as a sacrificial crop to save the cabbages, as butterflies seem to prefer them to lay eggs on.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 21:19

SGL, don't worry. Soon you'll wonder how ever you found the time to go to work.

Kef, Are those  cheese biscuits malteser shape, or are you having those for pudding.

Yviestevie. I think that neon star is micropropagated so all should be identical. The seedlings, Ashwood only sell in flower, and are described as eg yellow single with yellow nectaries.  The names ones are all clones from the same plant.

I didn't get as far as the steak. Courgette fritters and salad filled me up. As the roast potatoes were already in the oven, we ate them. would have been a waste otherwise.

OH is watching James May and cars, so I might go and upload some photos.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 14:47

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Last weekend I bought two pots of Roscoea scillifolia pink form at £3 each. Bargain. Actually even bigger bargain when I realised there was seed pods in one. One exploded yesterday and I planted them in the tray I have R. cautleyoides seedlings coming up (other end of tray. The blackbird managed to kick all the carefully spaced seeds to one end, where they germinated)

Nut, would you like the seeds off the next pod to explode?

Harvest festival here. So much fruit and veg, I'm having to get creative.

Courgette fritters with tomato,onion and basil salad, and a yoghurt/mint/cucumber dip(sort of tzatziki without the garlic)

followed by roast potatoes, beans , and steak.

followed by a fruity pudding of some sort. 

Worcester apples and the last of the victoria plums will have to come off this afternoon. Not as many as last year, but individual apples are bigger, and very juicy. Blackberries ready. A couple of strawberries in the polytunnel that the blackbird hasn't found,

We had the first sweetcorn yesterday, as reward for all the hedge cutting. Plain boiled with salt and butter. Can't beat it.

Nice and warm out there. I have some pic to post of sedums, but need to wait till OH has done on the big computer.

Dark Red Sedum

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 12:18

Sedum "chocolate" has dark leaves and red flowers but its a bit lax. I have it propped between another  sedum  (autumn joy I think)and some dianthus. I'll take a photo later.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 12:03

I've forgotten all sorts when going on holiday, despite copious lists.

So long as you have your passport, a good credit card, and good travelling companions, the rest can be sorted.

My passport came back in 8 days. Posted on a Thursday, back the following Friday.

I was nervous, hearing about all the delays, but thats sorted.

If anyone fancies a lavender hedge, Lidl are doing 10 lavender angustifolia for £4.49.  Seem to be good strong rooted cuttings, in 2 inch square by 3 inch deep pots. (Not the tiddly seedling plugs sent out as the offer.). These can go straight in the ground without overwintering in a greenhouse.

Dark Red Sedum

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 11:00

Dead easy from Irishman cuttings in spring. Just sever a new shoot with a bit of root attached and pot into gritty compost. I have a couple of dark leaved forms, but as nut says, they have pink flowers.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 12:30

Undergardener is currently cutting hedges.  My job will be to clear up all the mess...

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 12:16

I know where you've been eviestevie.  I bought neon  hellebores last  February. One with a yellow back and one with a red back. Both lovely plants.  I bought the new Primadonna last week.Just got to decide what to chuck out to make space for all the new plants.

Yesterday I bought a Miss ruby buddleja reduced to £5 and a red banana reduced to £5. and then got two vouchers for free tea in the cafe. When I got home there was a voucher waiting for me for a free pack of bulbs if you spend over £10.  mmmm might have to make another trip.

Koi Lovers

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 11:27

You might have better luck  on a fishkeeping forum.

http://www.koimag.co.uk/forum/

 

This is a gardening forum, although some may also keep fish.

phlox paniculata

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 11:24

I had some hayloft phlox this year. When they hadn't arrived way past the due date , I emailed. They said they had been sent but would send again. They eventually arrived mid July , even though I said it was far too late, along with penstemon, that I had asked for money back, again far too late.  1 penstemon died 2 days later., but the rest are growing, but will not flower this year. Out of 12 bare root phlox, 5 have shown signs of life, they rest appear to be dead, and certainly none will flower this year. I am giving them the full 8 weeks I was told they might take to break dormancy, then I will be putting in another complaint.  The salvias I ordered at the same time(April), arrived in June and are doing really well.

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