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Posted: 12/08/2013 at 09:46

It happens to me every year, I pack a lot into my borders. I cut them right back as well and the new growth is healthier.


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 09:31

I'm pretty sure it was Bishop Of Llandaff Dahlis, tall red flowers on dark foliage. The Bishop's Children are lovely too, a little smaller but similar foliage. I grow them every year.

Saw Flies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 10:05

I've had sawflies everywher this year, on the Cucumber plants, Zonal Geraniums, Calendula, just about everything has had them. I squish them when I see them but they are very difficult to see.

Talkback: Deterring pigeons

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 11:52

That's a tip I would certainly try at my allotment Rustyb. Perhaps not this year, I'll see what stalks I have left but for sure next year. Thanks for posting it.

Angry Birds

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 09:28

Paula H what a good idea, I've had to stop putting seed mixes on my bird table because the pigeons get there and eat the lot. I do have sunflower hearts for the goldfinch and chaffinches and blue tits and fat balls in cages for the many starling who come several times a day.

I agree with Obelixx food for the young is scarce and I've been putting out extra fat blocks and balls and up until last week the adults were feeding the young right there in my garden, what a lovely sight to see.

Lesinnl your post made me laught, to think of the birds bouncing up and down on your nets although I know it's not funny for you. Hope you get something sorted.

Epson salt on Runner beans

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 09:18

Interesting, I'd bought Epsom salts a year or two ago, forget now what plant I used it on. Thanks for the info Verdu and the dosage.

Spring Bulbs in Pots/Tubs

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 08:34

The leaves should come out quite easily when they're brown/yellow.

I leave my spring daffs etc in the pots and stack them somewhere out of sight if I can. What spring bulbs are you talking about? Tulips in general won't do well a 2nd year in pots they say and they're better planted deep into the ground or discarded.

I have a new man in my life

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 16:59

I grew it from seed and love it. I love it's habit and yes there are the odd self seeders but normally they appear in pots that might be in flinging distance of it but not in the ground around it, no bare soil I think is the reason. It blooms for ages and this year I've cut it back as the flowers have started to go over before it makes seed, not difficult to do when you only have one of them. I'd say hold onto it and give your friends the self seeders as little presents. unintended trial

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:29

I lift and store some but leave others in the ground. The ones I store, I dry out well and wrap in newspaper. I check them regularly during the winter months.

This year I started off my stored ones and some new tubers I bought, early spring under cover. All are outside now mostly in pots and some have buds despite being pinched out. The ones I left in the ground in the allotment has just started to peek up so they've survived the winter. I don't mind them being later as they'll be nice and bright when autumn comes and I'm digging up my harvest.

Help please

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:21

What about the perennial wallflower Bowles Mauve. I've grew it for years and have recently added it back into my garden. It will bloom even in winter if we don't get another awful one and the purple flowers stand out really well against the silver green blue leaves.

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