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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 18:36

I must work out how to uplload photos because I, too, love to see other people's .  The stars in my garden right now are the agapanthus.  I have a low growing one, bought last year fron theb garden centre "chucky-out" area for £1 and it has five deepest blue flowers this year, the other is one picked up in B& Q several years ago, flowering for the first time with huge flowers on very long stems.  Amazingly neither seem troubled by slugs, despite their iris-like foliage, which on other plants seem to me a magnet for snails and slugs.

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 18:24

I haven't seen any this year either, and amazingly virtually no aphids and blackfly, though |i'm usually plagued by both, and I don't use insecticides.  Is it because of all the rain we had earluier this year?


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 18:13

Having been stung by a wasp as I tried to reduce the height of a laurel hedge, I discovered a huge wasp nest inide, about two feet off the ground.

As my grandchildren play hide and seek all over the garden I would like to get rid of the nest, but am afraid of being stung badly, and that even if I manage to lose it tghis year, the wasops wilkl return and build again next year.

Any advice.please?


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 18:07

It does look like frittilaria (Crown Imperial) but it also looks very like the tall yellow water iris - I have self-seeded (or bird dropped) ones well away from the pond.  I usually cut them down when the seed heads are green, but they do dry like that.


Posted: 18/07/2013 at 22:04

lucky you!  I've just cut back a laurel hedge that had gone mad after all the rain and it was full of snails - they've gone in the recycling bin!  They are still attacking my hostas too, but I think my resident hedgehog and toads may be helping out a bit.  I have the impression that they are burying themselves unmderground to keep out of the heat.

attracting birds

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 21:52

theres a lot of good advice there

my absolutely must have shrub for birds is Mahonia (varities like Charity) - scented yellow flowers in the winter are loved by the blue tits, and the berries in the spring are loved by the blackbirds - all that and you get an attractive shrub flowering at a time when not much else is, and scented - what more could you wish for?


Posted: 18/07/2013 at 21:42

Eleagnus Ebbingei - speckled leaves and tiny concealed flowers with the most amazing scent in late autumn - can be clipped to shape, but then you lose some of the scented flowers

Hedgehog holly (don't know its name) - prickly so a good barrier - flowers and berries

Help to identify a plant.

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 13:04

RHS call it a shrub - it increases in size each year - also known as jerusalem sage.

Cuttings are easy at this time of year - trim of at a leaf joint and insert into a gritty mixture and then keep warm, but out of the sun.

As a bonus, the seeds sometimes germinate on top of the old flower whorls, looking most curious!

The the pink variety (sorry no good at names) is growing out here in the Languedoc and it is spreading at a rapid pace (probably suckers) - I'll have to dig up all the periphery bits in the autumn.  The weather is a bit different - usually a three month period of drought in the summer followed my heavy rains in autumn and then a very cold winter.  It is very reliable in the fierce summer sun!

Help to identify a plant.

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:26

Hello SusiA -

this is phlomis and it loves the sun, but be warned, the leaves contain something that. if allowed to fall to the ground, inhibit the growth of anything underneath.  In wet conditions it can put on a lot of growth in a  season so I cut mine back to a manageable size in autumn - but wear long sleeves because something in the leaves is quite abrasive to the skin.  It is a wonderful evergreen shrub though and very tolerant of drought conditions, as is the pink form.

Weed or Not? Photo's here

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 18:07

did you plant morning glory seeds?

if not it's most probably bindweed.

you'll know for certain if you wait till it flowers!

scratch and sniff as nutcutlet says is the best advice for the other

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seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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how to get rid of it - and then will the wasps return next year 
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