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Ginny May

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useful non- gardening tools.

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 02:56

2 litre drink bottles upended in pots after filling with water, to act as slow waterers if away for a few days

Agapanthus ID

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 02:49

We went to Madeira for 2 weeks in July, and were blown away by the gorgeous drifts of Agapanthus there

Himalayan Knotweed

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 02:43

We had a house sale (of my late aunt's) fall through because of knotweed found on survey. Hadn't taken much notice of it before, as we don't seem to have it near us, but it seems it is v  difficult to eradicate. It seems to be pretty endemic in that area, it's on every bit of wasteland, so was surprised when the purchaser backed out. Since sold the house, however.


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 18:53

Thanks for the advice - won't waste my money on the lion stuff then


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 00:56

I once saw a zoo advertise "Lion Poo Pellets", which they said would deter cats. We didn't have a garden then, but now have cats using the veg garden, including new raised beds, as a litter tray, not very hygienic. Has anyone tried the Lion Poo Pellets, do they work, and does anyone know where I might get them mail order if they do work?

OK, who's got it?

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 01:55

When we were first married and lived in a block of flats in a nice area, I asked the residents committee if I could put a small flower bed in a grassy slope in the grounds and they gave me some cash to plant a few flowers. Spent all one Saturday afternoon doing it, and the neighbours stood around with a glass of wine admiring it afterwards. Came home from work on the Monday, and some so-and-so had nicked all the plants out of the ground leaving bare earth. Oh, and when my parents put a flag up one time strung between the pillars of the bay window of their bedroom when there was a street party to celebrate one of the Queen's jubilees, someone nicked it off the house while they slept - and that was up a steep flight of steps and on the first floor.

Talkback: How to take aeonium cuttings

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 00:51
Interesting that you say these are for growing in pots. We were in Cornwall 2 weeks ago, and visited Eden Project and Heligan, and I was surprised to see these growing in beds, and thinking of doing. the same. I wonder if they remain out down there all year, or are taken in in winter

Pansies all wilting :-(

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 20:47

Did you check for vine weevil, Sandra? They often attack the roots

Mystery Plants from inherited garden

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 20:28

Ah well, I wasn't sure bout the phlox; I did think phlox was supposed to have 5 petals, not 4. Will revise my naming of the one on my wall, so thank you!

Mystery Plants from inherited garden

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 12:02

1st shrub - could it be Chaenomeles(japanese quince) - if so, buds will have opened to bright red flowers. Or could be escallonia, as figrat says. Both worth keeping, trim back and remove dead wood.

Little mauve flowers - there was a large clump on a wall in my house when we moved in over 20 years ago and it's still there. I've always called it phlox, but I'm not sure that's the correct name

Mauve globes - "drumstick" primula

Fiery red flower - looks like a good colour mimulus, mine are all yellow and spread like mad, but very pretty flowers

Green plant which "looks like a weed" - definitely a buddleia, the butterfly bush, with most commonly long spikes of flowers, mostly purple but lots of other colours and sometimes globe-shaped. The purple long flowered sort self-seed prolifically round the garden, but are well worth having to attract butterflies and bees, and are easy to grow. can get quite big and woody - I wouldn't leave it in a gap in the paving.



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Talkback: How to take aeonium cuttings

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