Latest posts by figrat

Forefront weed killer

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 21:33
Ummm...forefront contains Aminopyralid which isn't great news I'm afraid. If you google Aminopyralid you will find a mine of information.

Can you help me identify this flowering shrub?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 17:55
Mine's just coming into flower - I think it's p. Belle Etoile. Off down the garden for a sniff!

Overrun by blue flowers

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 16:14
As a complete guess, could it be one of the creeping campanulas?

Can you help me identify this flowering shrub?

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 15:27
Looks like philadelphus Snowflake, a double flowered mock orange.

Lily bugs

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 09:51
I haven't tried the sunflower oil spray, but manual removal and extermination of the red adults and their unpleasant larvae is effective, though you have to be vigilant. And I would recommend using gloves to deal with the larvae which cover themselves with their own excrement. The adults tend to do a backwards flip when the plant is disturbed, landing on their backs and exposing their black bellies, which makes them difficult to see. Some people suggest putting a sheet of White paper under the plant so the bugs remain visible. Don't forget to check other vulnerable plants like fritillaries.

Need a new garden

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 17:59
Agree with all that's been said! Tackling it bit by bit is the way to go, and clearing the bit nearest your house is the place to start. I've left my place for months on end (when I've gone on long sailing trips) and have also felt overwhelmed when I've come back to a jungle. You sound as though you've got a lot of willing helpers...use 'em!

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 17:50
Thank you for your comments re window pic- have to confess not my work, but that of an old friend who is an excellent photographer. Will pass them on!
That window is one of a line of three in my kitchen, all of course with a similar outlook. I'm thinking of having it printed properly, framing it and hanging it in here. It'll be nice to look at in the dead of winter.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 17:39
Dry but windy this morning, didn't deter me and Bloke going out for a 30 mile burn on the bike for breakfast. Pottered round Axminster afterwards, looked in at Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall's cafe/ deli but much too full to even think of trying anything. Then went to Lyme Regis where the wind was screaming, spray washing over the Cobb and rain lashing down. Felt so sorry for the holidaymakers! Fortunately dried up again on the way home. Now relaxing watching ET on the telly, have hankies at the ready!

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 17:22
I remember one year, when we used to have summers, when I used the whole of a 12' border to grow sweet peas and was cutting about 70 a day. This year I I have an obelisk with a dozen or so struggling their way up. They look healthy and green, and are in what should be one of the sunniest spots in the garden. My mange tout and ordinary peas were planted out at the same time and are romping away. I thought all 3 were closely related, just wondering whether David could comment on the discrepancy in growth?

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 19:25
Another vote for David K to guide us all through the secrets of sweet pea growing. I was a bit late with mine this year (well very late...March.) they've only got to knee height now, maybe I'll be able to cut a few in August?

Discussions started by figrat

Bay tree root eradication

Best way to do it! 
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Plan bee

One of the more uplifting news stories... 
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Overwintered runner bans

Left the roots in after clearing last year's crop, they've survived the winter and putting up new growth. 
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Red rhubarb leaves

I've got a bad feeling about this... 
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What can I use as green manure?

Landcress just about to go to seed 
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