Lancashire Lass

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Xhose - Expandable hose - any good?

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 16:15

Was thinking of getting one of these at next weeks Southport Flower Show. So glad I looked here first! Thanks folks.

Perennial Aster and Verbena Bonariensis Cuttings

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 22:45

Thanks again.

Perennial Aster and Verbena Bonariensis Cuttings

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 12:57

Thanks Verdun. Since posting I have realised that the reason I took the verbena cutting in the first place is because Verbenas don't survive our Winters, so I need to keep the cuttings inside anyway!

It's my first year for Asters and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the parent plants that I have taken the cuttings from will be OK over Winter.

Is an unheated greenhouse sufficient for the cuttings or do they need extra protection? Maybe a cold porch or the conservatory?

Perennial Aster and Verbena Bonariensis Cuttings

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 12:21

I have taken successful Summer cuttings of both Aster and Verbena Bonariensis and have just today potted them on into 4" pots. They all have a good root system, the Asters are about 3" tall and the Verbenas are 9" tall.

My question is, can I get them into the ground sometime this year or will they not survive the Winter?

I have a small greenhouse, but it is unheated so I could keep them all potted up for the Winter. I also have a conservatory which is heated most days in Winter and rarely falls below 10 degrees centigrade but I'd rather plant them if possible, to avoid leaf drop and pest problems. 

EDIT: I've just realised that this is in the wrong forum section - how can I change it to the 'Problem Solving' section?

Zéphirine Drouhin

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 12:09

Many thanks Runnybeak. I am off to the Southport flower show later this month and will hopefully buy the rose there. I have a clematis in the pot I intend to use for the rose, but after 5 years I am losing patience with it's performance so out it comes to be replaced by the rose.

Zéphirine Drouhin

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 16:46

Does anyone know, could I grow this in a large pot, up a wall trellis?

save a bee with some sugar water

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 09:31

The same reasoning behind my young cat scratching the stair carpet rather than the scratching post we bought for him!!????

save a bee with some sugar water

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 09:25

I used the same method on a lethargic bee found on my greenhouse floor yesterday. Unfortunately he fell backwards into the sugary liquid and got extremely sticky! I ended up using a stick to pop him onto a Mimulus flower and whilst he got busy with the pollen I used a hose set to 'mist' to clean him off. Much to my satisfaction and relief after a few minutes of cleaning himself with his legs, he flew off.

It was lovely to interact with the bee but things would have been a lot easier for all concerned had he not fallen backwards in the first place!

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 09:38

I have them this year (got away with it last year but have had them previously). I tried the garlic spray and it just didn't work, and you have to be so quick to get on top of them once they are there, so I had to resort to Pravada spray. I hate using chemicals but I have dozens of Lilies and it worked immediately.

Runnybeak, they always seem to be mating, that's a big part of the problem!!

Tree to attract birds for small garden

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 09:59

Awful losing fluffy loved ones, you get to understand the term 'heartache'.???? I have cotoneasters in my garden and the birds love them. There is also one for every garden size, and some!

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