Latest posts by figrat

May In Your Garden

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 15:59
Clearing up around the site where I grew runners last year 2 roots at least are sending up new shoots. Feel a bit mean digging them up. Any thoughts?

Ladys Mantel

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 14:57
I understand Lady's Mantle to be alchemica molliis which has frothy lime green/ yellow floors in summer. You can reduce the amount of self seeding by cutting these off just before they go over. In fact I cut mine back to the ground, they soon put out rosettes of fresh green foliage. They do have quite tough woody roots, but they can be dug out, or carefully dabbed with glyphosate.

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Posted: 27/05/2012 at 14:19
@ sotongeoff- have just posted re dahlia risen from the dead miracle on May thread.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 14:16
Nice surprise today - a dahlia which I thought hadn't got through the winter and had been abandoned in its pot in the 'to be sorted' area has some very healthy slots on it. It's a lovely burnt orange which I think will look very good with the dark reddy purple Rip City tubers I got from Sarah Raven earlier this year (on offer + free p&p!).


Posted: 27/05/2012 at 13:15
I keep an eye out for caterpillars ofsawfly on solomon's seal, mullein moth on verbascums and of course cabbage whites on brassicas. Agree that squishing eggs much less gruesome than dispatching the caterpillars.


Posted: 27/05/2012 at 12:43
Only one I can think of is tiger tomato - if you google it you'll get loads of info and pics. I did notice one site listed it as a heritage variety.


Posted: 27/05/2012 at 12:34
Climbing honeysusckles do need support, whether in the form of an arch, trellis, wires or another ( very) sturdy plant. They won't scramble up a wall on their own.

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Posted: 27/05/2012 at 10:20
Blackjacks and fruit salad

white lilac?

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 10:16
I guess exterminate or propagate! It is in the nature of s.vulgaris to send out suckers. You could dig up the suckers and grow them on - or get rid of the suckers as described in this thread:-

removing flowers from helebore

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 09:17
I cut off the old leaves on h.Niger and h.orientalis as the young shoots start to unfurl in late winter/ early spring, but not on h.argutifolius, the Corsican hellebore, which has a different habit. I cut the latter back hard when the flowers start looking tatty, and the flowers off the others in a rather haphazard way!

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