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Jennifer Deegan


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osteospermum variety recommendation

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 03:16

Hi,

I have a very hot dry border, that seems to suit South African plants, almost exclusively. I've managed to establish some roses in it, which I love. They are yellow, orange and red. I underplanted with osteospermum, which grows like a weed and flowers incessantly from spring to autumn. Unfortunately the osteospemum is purple, which really clashes with the roses. I wondered if anyone could think of a really vigorous variety of osteospermum (like tresco purple) that is white or a really clean yellow, so as not to clash with the roses? Any recommendations of sun loving ground cover perennials also appreciated. 

Thanks!

Jen

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 10:14

Hi Berghill,

Thanks, yes I do understand.  Thanks for the bee info. Very interesting.

J

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 10:03

That's interesting that you can have a bee nest. Maybe that's what we have as there were several coming and going. I'll make sure to guard it carefully. 

Thanks for letting me know that people are on here as volunteers. I only wondered, as I need to find a job working from home when my son goes to school, and I wondered if there was a such a thing as a job answering plant questions on forums. 

Ta!

 

Jen

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 17:49

Good to know, thanks. I'm a botanist/plant scientist, so I know about that side of things, but not about bees. My borther has just started keeping bees though, so I have started noticing them a lot more. 

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 16:51

Can I ask - are you all just roving experts who potter about answering people's questions for fun, or are some of you employed to do this?

Thanks,

Jen

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 20:54

Gosh that's a point. Not so much with the hoeing then. I've been dumping a bunch of compost on my veg patch to stop the annual weeds coming through (it was lawn in January and I stripped the turf off). I'll need to be a bit careful with the holes then. Will they mind if water goes down the hole? I suppose it must do that when it rains. My three year old was very interested to see them coming and going. He's a serious gardener now if he knows about mining bees.

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 20:26

Gosh, I really had no idea that bees nested in the ground. I'll make some more holes and see what happens. This is actually my first proper veg bed as I've always been a flower gardener. I'm doing it really properly so I have lots of carefully weeded exposed soil, which I suppose is working out well for them. I must make sure to let them know before I water.

Jen

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 19:51

Hi,

Yes the runner beans are actually in and they are living in holes round about them.

I put the beans in and then the poles, and in some places I shoved the poles in and then changed my mind and moved them over a bit. I think the bees are living in the holes that I took the bean poles back out of. It's great to see them there.

We also have solitary bees living in dowel holes in the underside of our wooden garden table. When we have guests round to eat the bees fly down between their knees carrying great big green leaf discs to use as a door to the holes. The guests look very suprised as the bees go in and out. 

We had a bee house, but nothing ever nested in it. Clearly they like the natural approach. 

Jen

bees living in my veg patch

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 17:02

Hi,

I just noticed that there are bees living in holes in my vegetable patch. I didn't know that they did that. There seemed to be three of them coming and going from three different holes about 2 or 3 inches apart. 

Jen

weed supressing membrane

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 18:28

Hi,

The flame gun scheme doesn't seem to be very effective against our monster grass, without frequent repetition, so we're going to try solarization next. We've to cover the grass in clear plastic sheet and wait for the sun to cook the grass, which apparently takes about 6 weeks. Should be fun.

Jen

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