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Posted: 10/07/2012 at 18:22
I have several all around the garden, in sun and shade and they are all doing well. They are easy to divide too, I love them especially the dark red ones.

July in the garden!!

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 23:35
Great pics everyone.
Sorry Dean it did'nt did it. The sun does shine here sometimes ! It has been quite nice here today, perfect gardening weather but was unable to do anything as my 92 year old daddy had a fall and I was with him most of the day.
Keep smiling everyone even on rainy days, things can only get better.......cant they ??

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 23:24
I love the overgrown look. My garden is full of shrubs, trees and perrenials with a few bedding plants squeezed in. Plants that self seed are a must and I have verbena bonariensis popping up everywhere, I love them. I also have lots and lots of pots, on the patio, down the steps and all around my potting shed. I won a lovely basket of fruit last year in a raffle and have potted the basket up with fuschia, geranium and million bells. It looks lovely. Neatness and tidy rows of bedding do nothing for me, and the birds seem to love my garden as much as I do.

Isn't a thankyou in order?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 23:10
I wish I knew the answer Gary, chocolate orange sounds yummy !!

baffled by strawbs and a mystery plant

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 22:59
Dont know what gardening mag you read that says slugs dont climb pots !! Very wrong. Slugs can climb almost anything, even had them in hanging baskets. I am always removing them from in my pots of bedding plants...whats left of them ! You can try copper bands around pots, that will help but if there is any leaves overhanging that they can climb on they willand munch munch munch.

Ants in the lawn

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 22:48
Will buy the Nippon Gel tomorrow and give it a go, thanks Sloth. Have used boiling water in the past , but like you Busyliz, it left patches in the lawn.

Mystery plants

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 23:17
I have a Leycesteria and I love it. Yes it does grow quickly but you just cut it back every year and up it comes again. The blackbirds love the berries and it self seeds all over the place, easy to pull out tho. I also have an Acanthus I bought last year at a table top sale. It has grown quite large and has three big tall buds just opening. I have heard since that they spread rapidly and are difficult to get rid of once established. Not sure wether to dig it up and bin once it has flowered or leave it and see how it goes. Anybody had any problems with theirs ?


Posted: 08/07/2012 at 23:02
Ha Ha ! Yes it could be your neighbour ! Slugs get just about everywhere, there is no stopping the slimy little critters !

Red Insects

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 22:58
I have a red ants nest in my lawn/ border. I have put ant powder on them a few times but they are still there. Will keep it up tho as eventually it will get rid of them.
I cant see it being velvet mites as they dont nest in the grass and bring up all the fine soil like ants......do they ?

Ants in the lawn

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 22:50
I have three ants nests in my lawn and a red ants nest right on the edge of the border with the grass. I also have a nest under my snow-on-the-mountain which I am going to destroy this week I hope. I agree its a right mess when mowed

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