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Deadheading RhodedendonDead

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 21:51
I always remove the faded flower as they look unsightly. Just break off the short stalk the flower was on with your finger and thumb, being careful not to damage the new buds underneath. If you have the right place it snaps off easy. It is not too late. I know this sounds silly with the slightly inclement weather we have been getting, but make sure it is getting enough water as the buds will form but not flower if they dry out over the summer.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:51
Torrential rain last night here in Bristol. Showers on and off all day but warm. Not a bad day tomorrow so the man on the telly says, but next week the same as usual. Rain, rain and more rain

Slugs and snails

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 19:37
Had a little potter today as the sun was shining !!!! Lifted a large pot off an old tree stump and found the most biggest, fattest orange slug I have ever seen, YUK. Is it a plant or slug eater ? I have left it for now after reading that some eat slugs.
Very stange but when I lifted said pot I found a lovely fuschia growing in the tree stump. There was once a fuschia growing in the pot but it died. Never seen the like before.

Slugs and snails

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 22:26
I dont think I will be trying your grandads method susan, mu hubby hates the smell of garlic !! Flour and water seems to be doing the trick then diggingdoris, so will be giving that a go. Its raining here in Bristol, surprise surprise, and I am sure I can hear a lot of munching going on out the back !!!!

Slugs and snails

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 21:26
Snails have decimated my young Laburnam tree. they dont seem to have touched my Penstemons, Honeysuckle or perrenial wallflowers. My bedding plants are a different story !!


Posted: 11/07/2012 at 21:05
I have several penstemons in the garden and up to now all have survived the winters. I take quite a few cuttings and as long as they are kept frost free for the first winter they should be ok. I have never had them eaten by slugs, even when young. They are one of the very few plants I have that they dont seem to go for.


Posted: 11/07/2012 at 20:58
I have only recently planted two welsh poppys in my garden, I think they are lovely. I want it to self seed around a bit, but no doubt will be pulling them out for years to come !! My Himalayan honeysuckle (pheasent berry as I call it ) also came courtesy of the birds. I have had them in the garden for a number of years now. They do self seed a lot but are very easy to pull out, and the blackbirds cant get enough of the berries. Lily of the valley is also a thug in my garden, I pull out dozens every year, they are trying to takeover the planet I'm sure !!

Powdery mildew

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 18:49
I have it coming on my honeysuckles too. Same every year unfortunatly. I was told it was because of the damp weather and they need air to circulate freely around them. I sorted that problem out but they are both still getting affected. As you say Alina, the problem will not dissapear any time soon by the look of things !

Ants in the lawn

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 18:43
Too busy today to buy the gel but will definatly get some real soon. Yuk, all those ants in the kitchen running wild, shudder shudder !!


Posted: 10/07/2012 at 18:33
My alstromeria in a pot is doing really well and flowering like mad. The awful weather does'nt seem to have affected it very much at all. Yes, Donutmrs, lets hear it for the alstroes !

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