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Underground Bee's Nest

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 20:07

Hi Mark 

i am not an expert on bees but I did have one under my slabs base where I was having a new shed fitted. As I begain relaying a few uneven slabs I found a wasp nest. I found that these are called miner wasp due to thier underground nests. I decided to leave the nest and waited a few days. Because I had uncovered the wasp nest when I lifted the slab, the wasps did leave the nest over a couple of days .

They have not returned but I do believe that they will never re-nest in the same location. So hopefully they will not return 

Salix int. Hak. Nishiki

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 19:56

I had the same Salix in my garden.boarder .It was placed in a part shade position and watered when the base was dry and fertilised each spring. This year the same thing happened as to yours. The  leaves turned brown and then they all the fell off.

I have now repotted it and gave it a good feed. As yet, know new growth but will wait a bit longer before deciding it's fate 

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 19:47

Hi Daisy 

All my Sea Hollies Big Blue are are banded togetther in my boarder. They were supposed to combine agaist a wall of Lobelia Tania that is planted behind them. As 3 flowered out of 7 I have decided that my clay soil is not right condition for theses plants. I left the soil without any added compost but added grit and sand to give the plants the free drainage they needed. 

Sometimes in gardening one has to except defeat and move on 

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 21:43


same hear with my sea hollies. The have been removed today from their infertile, well draned soil in a 10 hour full sunny position. 

I do loose patience with plants that have been given the best/correct conditions and do not produce.

Now pondering on what to put there but i will wait and see before deciding

When you think how much plants cost, particularly when you do buy online where plants choice is more abundant and sometimes cheaper but adding delivery charges sometimes make it expensive.

Because only 3 plants flowered out of 7 then they all need replacing 

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 22:20

Brought some sea holy big blue plants from reputable online supplier. Planted them in well drained ,  infertile. Out of 6 plants only 2 flowered. The 2 that flowered were totally beautiful but the other 4 gained folliage but never flowered. Totally disappointed as I have just waited for them to flower all summer

also Hostas. For all the slug prevention they get ripped apart 

Lobelia blue,  pulled it all out as not performed this year 

Apart from that 

When plants aren't in flower

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 19:39


i have 3 Big Blue sea hollies in my boarders. One has bloomed beautifully the other 2 have lots of folliage but no flowers as yet. The leaves of the plant are beautiful in themselves but how I wish the other 2 would flower soon 

From bad to worse

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 17:56


Not all fushsias are perennial as you could have bedding type fushisias that are not hardy  Now you have confirmed they are in pots i would place them in a parts shade position, remove any dead folliage  and keep watering 

From bad to worse

Posted: 25/07/2016 at 16:38

Are they perennial fushsias? If you have moved them as they are coming in to flower then this will effect the plants performance. It is not the right time to move this plant if it is a perennial type. I would give it a good tomato feed and hope it bounds back. Keep it well watered aswell 

Dry shade

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 12:11

Any Dryopteris fern will do well in dry shade as I have quite a few in that aspect. I also have black mondo grass in dry shade and they are multiply well to give a proved ground cover. Heuchera do fine in dry shade. But be mindful that all thses plants will need a deep watering each week untill they are well established

Something To Do When It Is Too Hot For Gardening

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 21:38

A truely beautiful garden my friend 

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