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Talkback: Nettles, caterpillars and butterflies

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 19:41

the righrt ones are worth looking after - they give us the most beautiful butterflies

I have many butterfly friendly plants in the garden - just as important aas looking after the birds

Need some more id's please!

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 15:05

no 3 is definitely not aquilegia - could be a poppy (not oriental or opium) of the delicate sort

White bubbles on my lavender

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 10:07

Ooh Dove - that's plain wicked - I keep hoping that digging over the heavy clay in my garden will get me fit - not fat!

plant ideas for this old pot

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:51

I have two "gardens" like this - the sepervivums and sedums are fine outdoors, but I bring my echeverias (and aeonium, if I was lucky enough to have one) into the unheated greenhouse (they rot if the rain gets inside them over winter) - I'm about to replant them in their containers (tomorrow if I have time) and then I'll load a photo.

plant ideas for this old pot

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 09:27

how about a meditteranean planter? echeverias, euphorbia myrsinites (for trailing over the edge) and that lovely aeonium as well as a variety sempervivums...needs virtually no attention once planted, except to bring the echeveria and aeonium under cover for the winter.

Oriental Poppies

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 09:17

sounds as though the wet weather got them and they have rotted from the top - they may regrow as we get drier conditions. I'd remove any black and soggy bits and cross my fingers.   I've planted saved seed from my Patty's Plum and got excellent germination - just waiting to see if they come true or what I get if they don't.

Removing Ivy

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 15:30

whatever you do, don't compost the dead runners after the glyphosate - it would  pollute your fresh compost and make it unusable for years to come.


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 15:26

I'd give it a good feed right now and then use the lawn clippings to mulch it and keep moisture in - they seem to need a lot of water when they are very young.  FairyG's advice is good - don't cut back too hard though if it isn't growing very vigorously.

now - back to the sunshine - I only came in for a cold drink.....

Oriental Poppies

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 15:20

Lovely plant - showy flower - but takes up a lot of room and in flower for a very short time and then dies down so needs something longer lasting in front of it.  They have a very long tap root and are not over keen on being moved.  I would wait until it has finished flowering and the leaves are dying down then lift the whole plant/clump and drop into a deepish hole where you want it to be and water well for a week or two while it tries to get that root down to the water table.  If you wait too long, you won't be able to see where it is once the leaves have died down!

I love them dearly, but recognise they are not a good value plant in my garden.  Most years we get violent winds just as they are coming into flower, and the petals are then scattered to the four winds.


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 10:00

absolutely, Edd.  Life has told me that the plants in my garden grow where they want to be, and not neccesarily where I think they might look best.  As you will appreciate, mine is not a highly manicured garden!

Discussions started by gardenning granny

where have all the avatars gone?

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help - bignonia - campsis radicans

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more seed sowing queries

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overwintering solanum rantonnettii

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how to grow Bignonia from seed

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anyone tried taking grevillea cuttings?

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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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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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When can I put the geraniums out?

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