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Latest posts by Jess is in the Garden

How to confuse whitefly

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 13:24

Try it and let us know if it works 

Rose with a leggy bit

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 13:23

My Pure Abundance rise throws out a really long stem sometimes. I just leave it to do its own thing and flower, to be honest, though I can see that the asymmetry of onLY one long stem may not please everyone!

the other stems on yours look nice and healthy though.

I do cut mine right back once flowering has finished and it always produces new, strong stalks and more flowers.

Thalictrum needs a boost

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 12:56

Help!

 

anyone? 

Thalictrum needs a boost

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 12:39

Bump

 

Potatoes decimated!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 12:37

Where's there's a beetle, there's probably a predatory mite or nematode that can sort it out, without having to spray. Good luck!

Thalictrum needs a boost

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 10:44

Mine's not the delaviyii version, but the other one, whose name I forget!

It looks exactly the same as delaviyii, only shorter.

It's looking rather sorry for itself, although it has flowered and there are a few buds still to open, but I had a red spider more infestation a few weeks back and its leaves were affected somewhat.

Do thalictrums benefit from a haircut around this time and if I chop it, will it re flower this year?

thanks to all you gardening peeps more knowledgable than me 

More IDs

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 10:39

The pink looks like a bit like a helianthemum, I think. No idea about the first one, sorry!

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:51

Good question, Lizzie...don't know really. Wonder if it's on some obscure government home page somewhere...?

Cats fouling our garden

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:47

These are the practical tips I can offer- they have ok worked in my garden. For what it's worth, I love cats but don't have any pets at the moment, though when I did own one, it had 4 bells on its collar to warn off the birds and he always pooed in his litter tray, when he was close by. Obviously it's impossible to control what they do if they're further from home when the urge takes them. Hence why I have to guard my patch from unwanted poos, like the next person. It is annoying, I agree, but this does work, so read on:

- cut 20cm or so lengths of bamboo can end sink into the ground, with as much above soil level as possible, wherever you have bare soil or have turned soil over recently. Cats don't tend to dig in compacted soil anyway. These sticks act as a very effective barrier and are cheap to do.

- if you have a larger seed bed or planter, consider covering with a net until plants have grown.

- pepper dust (buy big, cheap bags of powdery grey/black pepper) sprinkle liberally in problem areas, always works but you have to reapply after rain.

- garlic granules also work a treat (can get them in garden ctrs but they are expensive- you can also make up your own garlic spray which wards off many annoying insect pests, plus cats, though this also has to be reapplied after rain).

- consider planting schemes that allow for some sort of ground cover year round, wherever possible - evergreen perennial geraniums like St.Ola, ivy, vinca, Corsican mint etc...it all helps to deter cats as it reduces the amount if visible soil.

- my friends with pet cats tell me that once you own your own cat, other cats are far more reluctant to enter its patch and use it as a loo. I found this to be true years back when I had a moggy. Also, they can be trained to use a tray and mine did.  

- my parents have one of those sonic cat deterrents that work on movement detected - they say it's very good but I can't comment as don't own inept myself.

Probably the most effective deterrent is the bamboo barriers...and a well aimed jet if water from the hose if I'm in the garden - some cats will never return!

 

Free Aqualigia Seeds

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:31

Really kind of you joyce - hoe you get some takers! My garden's too small and jam-packed for anything new right now unfortunately....

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Sternbergia Autumn. daffodils

Still no flowers... 
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Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

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Why do I have to prune it mid. February? 
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Too late to apply in a sheltered London garden? 
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Gardenia to be moved

From outdoors to indoors 
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Thalictrum needs a boost

Will it re flower if I deadhead or more? 
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Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 21:08

Erodium Bishops Form

Has never re-flowered :-( 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 22:43

Plant. ID please!

2 foot tall evergreen shrub rescued 
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Rose Mme A. De Carriere constantly pest ridden

Why?? 
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Garden design courses

The best of the crop. 
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pests ID needed please!

Rudbeckia, Hebe, Rosemary and Marjoram 
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jasminium stephanense

Never flowered... 
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Dwarf apple tree

How and when to protect the fruit? 
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Dwarf acer palmatum dissectum

Do they usually flower? 
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