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Plants that don't attract babes and wasps

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 15:38

Thanks for your suggestions.  Looks like ornamental grasses then

Plants that don't attract babes and wasps

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 14:19

My 95 year old mother made me empty a herb bed under her kitchen window because it attracted bees and wasps and she had to keep her windows closed during the summer.  She has now asked me to plant perennials but nothing to attract stinging insects, as she has quite a phobias about them.  The bed is half circle, about 6 ft by 6 ft.  Any ideas please for something easy maintenance.

Pond blanket weed

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 21:59

Thanks for all your advise.  I will leave it for a while and maybe try old tights and some real Barley straw and keep pulling it out daily.  Thanks again.

How to tame a Hollyhock!

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 18:40

I have Hollyhocks seeding everywhere and last year we noticed them growing in a small space between the house and patio.  We left them because it reminded us of a holiday last year in the Ile de Rieu in France where they grown on in the gaps. However if they do damage I will take them up.  They are about 8 ft tall and just flowering!

Pond blanket weed

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 18:34

Thanks hogweed.  No I haven't got a uv filter but will look into this.  

Pond blanket weed

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 17:24

I cleaned out my pond early Spring by emptying it.  It's quite small, about 8ft at the longest and 6 ft at the widest with only part of it 3 ft  deep.  I put Blagdon Fresh Start I. To rebalance the water, put the plants back the few fish I had left and it seemed fine.  In May I restocked the fish and put net over it as I lost of lot of fish through herons over the years.  In the last few weeks I hve been plagued with blanket weed which I have to remove daily.  I use the Blagdons Barley Straw extract.  I have used this many times before and also the Barley Straw Floating packs.  However, I lost 5 fish on consecutive days and I'm not sure what's killing them.  Surely the Barley Straw extract is a natural product and has never killed fish Or is the blanket week damaging them. It is clogging up the pump on a daily basis and I am pulling it out by hand.  Any suggestions!??


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 18:44

Thanks Rosie!


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 14:37

Thanks to you both.  Pravado it is then.


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 12:56

I have talked about this before but it still bugging mr ( excuse the pun)!  I have some lovely lilies which take pride of place in my raised bed.  After many years of fantastic flowers the last couple of years they have been stripped of their leaves.  I brought them in the Conservatory half way through last summer but they still carried on deteriorated.  I cleaned all the bulbs and have planted them in pots and left them in the greenhouse.  Can I treat them with anything?  Big guns needed so I can put them out once again.  Any ideas?  I have tried painstakingly picking them off, sunflower oil spray etc.

Begonia tubers

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 18:18
Thanks to you both!
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Plants that don't attract babes and wasps

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