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Posted: 17/08/2012 at 20:00

Hi Leggi- What do you mean by soap spray?


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 19:40

I share your experience- mine have behaved the same way you describe-  I've stopped bringing in cut blooms because of the greenfly.

I will still grow some for next year though, lovely flowers, great scent - I'll be doing my own trial on Autumn/Spring sowed Sweetpeas. The weather has been awful, this has an effect on everything but next year........

Spring Bulbs

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 19:14

Mattbeer87- Some of my Cosmos have started to flower the others are very lush with flower buds developing so I'm holding on to mine. They did need to be stacked today I feel exactly like you about my Scabious however- but I'm just going to leave them where they are and see if I get one full bloom out of them. Ever optimistic

I thought too that the bulbs were slightly earlier in the shops this year but these type of shops are very up to date & seasonal in what they sell.

Frugal gardening techniques

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 18:58

From reading other people's experinces on making/using their own receipes I do think some are effective. Particularly the garlic spray to deter slugs etc and also the milk receipe to treat mildew- I haven't tried them  myself but I can see myself giving them a go  in they future.

For tough persistent weeds- I always paint on some weedkiller, I wouldn't bother  with home made remedies for that. I don't buy any insect controlling product, but I will very occassionally use slug pellets.

For me growing from seed and taking cuttings is the most frugal way of increasing your stock and reusing stuff to change the garden.

Not sure about the badger remedy- If I had that large a garden, I would be delighted to have badgers


August in your garden...

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 18:43

My Lilies are finally flowering, no expert but very late. Worth the wait


Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 18:23

Lowenna-  I know what you mean about the big screen. A way round this would be to download Beechgrove and then watch it as at a DVD.

Nibbs- I agree, you can watch it on the bbc  iplayer. I think it's on there for 7 days after its screening


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 18:11

Hi Gracie, at the risk of appearing very silly are you saying that the moth had just come out of the cocoon? - I did say it had been a long time.........

Took this  yesterday when the sun was out.


I've seen so many insects on this plant- even seen peacocks on it and now this one. I haven't seen these butterflies  for years

I inherited the plant, and did say that it would be gone by next year but now it's going to stay.  I will just have to keep it under control


Spring Bulbs

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 16:58

Hi Matt, Saw spring bulbs too  in Wilkos & B&M yesterday. Wilkos mixed daff bulbs were £3.50 for about 3 Kg  I think.

I'm still waiting for my scabious to produce even one flower and cosmos could be doing a bit better as well I do love Spring bulbs though

August in your garden...

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 16:46

Hi gardenfanatic- a lot my garden has been self sown- for me nothing can beat the feeling of having raised plants/flowers from seed,as well as cheaper- plants can be very expensive! I've been collecting seeds and sowing them this year as well. Got some ragged robins seedlings comingHaven't taken many cuttings etc yet, that might have to wait for next year.

Thanks for the info on shasta daisies got a few of these on the go so these might do well in there. I'm hoping to plant them out this Autumn

Dug out my Rudebeckia seeds- says that they are half hardy perennnials. I'm assuming that if there are hard frosts than they wont make it throught the Winter? Same goes for the hardy annuals?

Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 16:14

Hi Kate, I enjoy Beechgrove on the i-player, like the trials that they do

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