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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 21:48

Mine also have this on them- but I haven't bothered doing anything about it.From the post on here, I'm assuming that rust doesn't harm the plant or flowers just makes it look a bit bald? Which I can live with.

Alina- I'm interested in what you said about it's the cost of living somewhere with clean air. What's your thinking behind this?

Talkback: Growing lupins

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 21:37

Agree with both of the above, but I love seeing the bees on them

powdery mildew biological control

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 21:28

I probably foolishly bought 2 white lupins at my market today which look as if they have powdery mildew on them. I have cut off the affected leaves and binned them.

Looking around tonight I have found this natural remedy-

Diluted whole milk with water - 6:1 ratio,spraying twice 2 days apart.

I have no idea if it works but on the forum that I found this advice they said it did.

I will give it ago, for me if it doesn't work I will bin the plants and grow from seed, which is what I was planning to do anyway.


Early sown biennials

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 20:33


I was much too eager this year and sowed  some biennials  early. I  have a lovely batch of forget me nots sowed end of  Feb, plants look healthy and will need potting on soon. Same goes for wall flowers which I have planted out today as they were pot bound and starting to struggle

The forget me nots haven't flowered but I do lack the space to keep potting on. I have a small woodland area of the garden and want to plant them there, bit concerned as when they should be flowering the would be more light than there is now.

Should I just plant them out or wait til end of Summer/Autumn?The forget me nots that I have in the garden have obviously died back now.Didn't realise I had so many before I sowed the seeds

Any advice? Don't want to waste the plants that I have grown from seed all be it too early.



Where have all the birds gone?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 20:09

I think Lorelie is right- Springwatch mentioned this- birds moult at this time of year and are bit quieter around this time. I too have noticed that there is a lot less bird activity in my garden even though the food is still out.

Is everyone else's plants very late this year?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 19:59

Me too, I have a lot of green with a promise of flowers but it's getting there

Gobbledy goop

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 21:37

Hi Bob, thanks for your reply. I do use Windows so Notepad is an option.

I was just having a moan, as I was trying to reply to a post using quotes made on this site.  I was using the quote button on here, which when I was typing look fine, just annoyed me as I was trying to add to a discussion that what was already ongoing.I had spent some time typing my response.

I'm with you on the edit



Is it wild phlox?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 21:10

Robot- forgot to say lovely dog

Is it wild phlox?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 21:08

Great pictures, great thread- I'm growing sweet rocket from seed for the first time this year. So looking forward to plants next year.

Robot, I've just had a look at the the few remaining seeds that I have got. They are very dark brown in colour, a sort of elongated shape, very small about 1mm-2mm long. The seeds swell a lot before germination

Can't take a picture because of low light levels but from what I can see in you pic and the seeds that I have got, you may be right

Dovefromabove, I sowed my seeds on at the end of March,I have loads of healthy plants about 40, which I have to keep planting on. In my enthusiam I didn't read the "instructions" properly ie sow on the surface- I buried them, but they still came through. I think I got some really good quality seeds- let me know if you want the name of the supplier,


Slug Pellets

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 22:40

 That was annoying,I was trying to say don't judge us that use slug pelletts. I use them occassionally, mainly in my cold frame, but don't feel that I'm am a bird murderer etc.

I was also trying to  say that I don't believe that slugs "deserve a life or a painless death"Anyway you despatch them,be it growing success, beer traps, stamping on them, cutting them in half............the slugs die.

I agree with geoff, lets keep it in perspective

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