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Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 09:16

Oh yes, I was intending to let you know how mine are doing - they are in individual pots in the greenhouse and the bulbs are much much bigger now.  I am going to ask Gill Pound about them - she runs a bespoke nursery for plants which look after themselves in our hot dry conditions in the Aude area of France - not too far from where we are near Beziers.  I may take a couple of pots over there in the autumn and overwinter them in the house and see what happens - the echeverias respond well to that.  I wonder how long I will have to wait for flowers?

slugs, slugs and more slugs

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 19:59

bumper year for slugs and snail - and where have all the hedgehogs gone?

copper tape around pots works for hostas, but anything with sword-like leaves is fair game for them (iris, day lillies, montbretia) - amazed to see they've devoured oriental poppies that were still quite small plants.  I've been picking snails off clematis flowers, off roses - up trees - is nowhere safe?  Much as I like aquilegia they have become a thug weed in my garden this year, I'm rapidly fillimng my compost bins with them!


Can someone kindly ID this for me please

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 19:45

comfrey - now is the moment to cut it down to the ground and leave the leaves to soak in  bucket of water until it smells like pig dung.  The mushy residue of leaves then goes in the compost bin and the liquid gets bottled and used as liquid fertiliser.

Does anyone know how many different colours it comes in?  I have the pinkand white one.

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.

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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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