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What happens when I'm at work!

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 10:39

I really feel for you Ryan - but tomorrow is another day.

My pregnant neighbour grew a wonderful row of runner beans and watched the flowers multiply daily, anticipating the crop to follow.  She then dozed off in her garden chair, to be awoken by her toddler daughter bringing her a bunch of flowers - pretty red flowers - she has picked every one of the flowers off the beans!

Try to use the situation to educate your sister - take her to the garden centre and let her help you choose the replacements - make her responsible for daily watering and point out every bit of growth that occurs - help her to take pride in the results of her labours - and don't forget those labels to mark what is planted.

Good luck - hope to hear how it all turns out later.



Very leggy Philadelphus

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 10:20

I wouldn't think t the best choice for a focal shrub - flowers are all over very quickly and then it is just tall and green for the rest of the year (about 7 foot high in my garden) - it's also prone to blackfly in my garden - I've relegated to the hedge.  The scent is wonderful though.  More productive in my garden is Choisya - a more rounded and controllable shrub with interesting leaves.  Cut back hard after flowering it will flower again later in the year and has a heavy "honey" scent.

Newbie unsure what plant this is

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 20:25

I'm not goosd at remembering names, nut, but is this what I call the common cranesbill (the one everyone has that grows prolifically) - if so it will not flower again this year once it has finished.

My Johnsons Blue is taller than that.

Mahonia Japonica

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 20:20

if it's the oregon grape it will seed everywhere - just pull out the seedlings as soon as you spot them, unless you want to use it for low hedging - prickly leaves?

Plant ID Please

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 20:17

yes a viola - aka heartsease - should selfseed, or you could collect the fat seed pods, leave them in a deep pot to dry and they will split open and empty their seeds into the pot.  It's perennial, so when it gets really leggy cut it back and it should regrow.


Posted: 08/06/2014 at 20:13

just found my delphiniums hiding amongst the invasive michaelmas daisies.  had a mega weeding session so that I can see them properly - all this rain has made everything grow to new heights - my compost bins are already full - so is the garden recycling wheelie bin - help!

Need some more id's please!

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 09:22

join the club!  I'm also invaded by violets - thought I'd let them be as they were so pretty but now have a massive problem as they seem to have colonised my whole garden.

Can someone kindly ID this for me please

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 09:19

but they are all useful in the compost bin if they get too invasive

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!


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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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