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Talkback: Slugs

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 19:37


Scissors *UKgirl*? Blimey that takes devotion!

I used the nematodes last year, also nematodes for vine weevil and yes, they weren't cheap but boy did they do the trick.

I wish we had wandering hedgehogs and had even considered nabbing one from Hampstead Heath and releasing it into our back gardens, but they are all very closed off and I fear they wouldn't get enough to eat just from mine is only 6mx6m so probably not big enough for the hedgehog to make a home in

Potentilla Fruticosa

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 19:29

Thanks Dove - I had read that bit already, but it doesn't help me identify whether my Potentilla is the type that flowers on old or new wood, sadly.

feeding houseplants

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 15:16

@ Jean - I do the same!

I think most houseplants (with exception of Christmas flowering varieties) need a period of calm, during which they are not growing) to just do nothing - so that's when I hardly water mine and stop feeding.

I normally only start feeding them as their season starts - normally March - October.

Since I stopped pushing them all year with feeds and water, they have thrived.

Plant identity needed

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 15:13

another vote for an orchid

you can also get special orchid liquid feed

like to be watered only when compost is dry (about once a week) and never overwatered

bright light but not direct sun

cool-ish, no radiators/hot windowsills

might need flower stalks staked if a big variety

have fun and show us the flowers when they come!

Potentilla Fruticosa

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 15:09

I've got a shrubby, semi trailing Potentilla, rich yellow flowers, 2 years old, planted in a raised bed full sun west-facing.

Stupidly misplaced the name tag and can't remember which kind it is exactly, nor when to prune it.

Last year I think I pruned it mid spring and it produced a measly amount of flowers late Summer.

Haven't touched it yet this year - too nervous until you experts out there give me some advice!

Is this a kind that flowers on the current year's growth, so needs pruning BEFORE flowering, or does it flower on the old wood only (?no pruning required?)

RHS is a bit vague - just tells me that Potentillas evn if deciduous (mine is) are Pruning Group 10 - er, yeah! Means nothing to me

*Thank you*




Garedn design software

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 16:56

I am going to redesign my lawn next year and try turning into a plum slate/shrub/water feature/pergola mix (!) so I will try too - sounds interesting and I have very little experience (other than with the plants themselves and even that isn't huge).

Thanks for the suggestion, Daphne

I would like advice on the perfect rose for me please guys

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 12:19

@ flowering rose - that is beautiful! A bit like my Generous Gardener, but not as pink - yours looks very happy and healthy

Here's a shot of my Penny Lane - pot grown (I put loads of bark chips on top of the compost to keep it moist) - it's about 3 yrs old now and is still flowering now (May-Oct). Scent is delicate but gorgeous. Open paler cream, with slightly apricot centre, turning darker as they age.

Love it

 And here's a close up of a white shrub rose Pure Abundance in my raised flower bed (I have very heavy clay loam and roses love it)

 Have fun choosing Matt

Is it Ok to keep picking rhubarb

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 21:29

Is it Ok to keep picking rhubarb

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 17:28


I would like advice on the perfect rose for me please guys

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 14:46

flowering rose - sounds amazing - do you have a photo?!

Paul B - that has to be the best rose name ever

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