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Talkback: Scraping the barrel

Posted: 10/08/2007 at 18:59
Thank you all for your comments: I had a funny feeling that I might get someone disagreeing with me! I understand the amenity value of some of the shrubs I mentioned and I by no means think that they are bad plants - just that I don't like them very much. Aucuba always reminds me of cheerless, dank shared front gardens full of dustbins and a bike with a buckled wheel. My problem, I suppose, with many plants is that there are so many others that are so much better therefore why give up space in your valuable garden to anything that is mediocre? Instead of variegated ground elder try Tiarella, Euphorbia robbiae, Geranium macrorrhizum or Asarum europaeum But I'm still not convinced by Heuchera Caramel and as for the Garden Monkey's Heuchera Peach Flambe? What an unutterably ghastly name. It is bad enough breeding things like that without burdening the poor unfortunates with names like that. It makes poor Tiramisu Andre (or whatever name it is that Peter and Jordan have chosen) seem very nearly classy.

Talkback: Scraping the barrel

Posted: 10/08/2007 at 18:00
It's true.....fashions and tastes change. Five years ago the thought of making a fuss about ANY plant would've had me in stitches, but middle age (perhaps?) or the acquisition of a garden has changed all that. And I've discoverd I like chrysanthemums and dahlias...of most colours. That's radical these days. Monty did have an article in one gardeners' world magazine wondering when people would wake up to the fact that begonias are actually quite repellant (although he was more polite). I'd have to agree with him there!

Talkback: A plumb job

Posted: 10/08/2007 at 17:08
I'd put splitting down to heavy rain following a dry period. I'm not sure what part of the country you live in, Dawn, but fruit splitting can be a problem with many fruits, including tomatoes. The fruit's skin grows quite slowly, and if heavy rain causes the plant to take up moisture quickly the fruit swells causing skin to split. I hope this hasn't happened to all your fruits, and you manage to enjoy a few.

Talkback: Scraping the barrel

Posted: 09/08/2007 at 20:58
James is right tho', H.'Caramel' is incontrovertibly vile. Heuchera 'Peach Flambe' on the other hand....

Talkback: Scraping the barrel

Posted: 08/08/2007 at 21:57
Oh dear! Looks like you may have to swap your hat for a tin helmet James.

Talkback: Scraping the barrel

Posted: 08/08/2007 at 18:21
Whereas I absolutely agree about the Dahlia and to s lesser extent the Ceanothus, I have to disagree about the others. Whereas the Acuba is and the Lonicera are not exactly in my top ten they can fit the bill when planting up a terribly difficult position such as under a large conifer. There are more attractive cultivars of both. The Variegated ground elder I have myself and although it has got very invasive tendencies - again it can fit the bill when isolated in a semi wild area and has very attractive foliage. It collapses in very dry conditions however (having tried it under the very large conifer) It is all to do with the right plant for the right place.

Talkback: What's nibbling my Lilies?

Posted: 08/08/2007 at 17:54
It's interesting to see so many comments on lily beetles. I remember my excitement when I first saw one on moving to London 25 years ago. It was eating someone else's lilies and at the time I had no idea how ruinous it could be to these plants. This pretty beetle has undergone an astonishing change in Britain in the last 75 years. At the end of the 19th century, it was a very rare insect, an accidental import with horticultural good from the Continent. It remained scarce until the 1940s when it got a firm foothold in the Guildford area of Surrey. It then started to spread until it is now one of the most widely cursed garden pests.

We've been lucky this year and I have not seen a single beetle in the garden, but then we are growing far fewer lilies than a couple of years ago. I did see one earlier this year, but it was in Nunhead Cemetery. It was busy shredding a snakes-head fritillary that had obviously been planted in one of the woodland clearings.

Talkback: What's nibbling my Lilies?

Posted: 08/08/2007 at 17:23
We were in France this year for hols & saw these beetles (bugs). I have lillies & did not have one Lily Beetle this year - I seldom do! I live in Croydon.

Talkback: Paradise found

Posted: 08/08/2007 at 13:22
The walled garden at jura house on jura is often overlooked. It is not mentioned enough in gardens to visit. The advantage of the gulfstream coming this far north are embraced in the garden where many New Zealnd natives are grown. The sea is bracing there too, on your own beach at the bottom of the garden. Another reason to go there besides the deer!

Talkback: Tasty tomatoes

Posted: 08/08/2007 at 06:11
I should have said (06/08/07 above) mine are in bottomless pots outside in 3 grow bags with 1 litre upside down, bottomless tonic bottles in the bags to get the water down to the roots. I think we are suffering from too much wet earlier in the season and too little air round the plants. Grey mould/blight/botritis? Can I spray them and what with? There is now a definite slowing in growth both of plant and fruit.

If Marybakers are outside perhaps 5 trusses would be enough and then reduce the size of each truss to 8-10 fruits to encourage ripening. Same for Terry and for Margaret J perhaps a winter wash down of the greenhouse with Jeyes fluid and then plenty of ventilation next season?

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