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Posted: 19/10/2012 at 14:38

I have quite a few of these in my garden, Salvias being one of my favourite plants, and they're very hard to kill. In the wild they're mountain plants so our winters generally won't harm them (hardy to about -17C from memory) but they're not so keen on the wet weather so have them in a sheltered patch.

In late spring they will look way past their best, full of twiggy parts and not very pretty. Cut them right back to the base, where you'll probably see signs of new shoots coming through anyway, and they'll grow away like new. Don't be too precious about cutting it right to the base as I've never lost a single one, even though they do look past it.

Lanky Roses

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 23:27

Just a quick note to say don't be scared to cut it back hard, I've done it at the wrong time of year (as well as not knowing particularly well where to cut) but I can't say it made much difference. Climbing roses will tolerate an awful lot, just be generous with any manure in the spring.

Fork Handles

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 17:16

The car failed, but luckily not on anything serious and should be about £40 to fix, there's life in her old wheels yet! 

Maybe the cat got bored and made a waterslide Geoff?

Fork Handles

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 16:30

Same with this one Becks, it just scraped through last year but I'm hoping it will struggle on a little longer. If it needs any work done I think I'll be in the position of looking for a 'new' one. 

And there's nothing I hate more than having to look for new cars when I have no interest or knowledge of them. 

Fingers very much crossed here.

Fork Handles

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 16:04

It's ok, I love Christmas really 

Lottie that's a very impressive crop you have there, must be worth all the hard work.

I've just taken the old banger in for her MOT, wish her luck please people.

Fork Handles

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 15:23

You lot are very naughty with your talk of Christmas, but I think I might get some of these...


Begonia looks odd !

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 14:53

If you have a picture then please post it, someone here will know what is up with them. 


Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:57

You really do need to go out at night with a torch and have a look, you'll be staggered by the number of them around especially during warm wet periods. I tend to deal with them by using something sharp and planting a patch of some cheap plants, that I know they like, to tempt them to a certain area (50p trays of unloved Marigolds from B&Q were this years choice). Snails get a slightly more under foot treatment.

You can also use beer traps and there's a thread on here about a flour trap somewhere. All the methods mentioned work, you just need to pick one and stick with it when there are plenty of them about.

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:32

It's gone very dark here too and meanacing looking clouds.

Good job I'm squirrelled away in the spare room whilst the noises from housework filter upstairs, think I'll stay here til I hear the hoover switch off... 


Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:20

Let it die back naturally so the energy from the stems goes back in to the crown, just pick up and throw away/compost any bits that fall off over winter. I've mostly left mine this year as I want to dig it up and divide it in the Spring for new plants, either then or I'll leave it if I spot a special offer for new 'barbs somewhere. 

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