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phantom gardener

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 15:23

 The opposit happens to me   ,Can anyone reverse the progress ?  Ive loads of Bramble coming up all over my garden I suppose its to mix in with all the extra weeds that I havent wished for too !

Azaleas ? I'm intrested in what others think on this one !

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 15:07

Having  always watered my Azaleas  with collected rainwater , I have during this hot spell given them a wide berth when using tap water      (  with the hose pipe).  I then have gone back with collected rain water and given them a good soak.  

But after my latest visit to our nursery and seeing the watering being done with the hosepipe  I started thinking that we are advised when planting to use Ericacius compost and to water with rainwater.    But how come they use the hosepipe , with which I assume comes straight from the tap ?

So any that die on us customers  I ask myself " Is it realy our fault or are they slowly dyeing before we bring them home ? "

I have in the past bought Azaleas from the accident corner for a much reduced price and I have been un lucky - they die at the first hurdle , is this why ?



Can I plant anything now

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 14:46

sorry didnt realise  it had come up in bold - dont know what I had done !

Can I plant anything now

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 14:44

Many of the nurseries are reducing the bedding plants now , also you may drop on some which will come next year that just need TLC !    such as what  Busy-Lizzie and bookmonster have suggested . 

Talkback: Gardening makes you happy

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 14:18

sarahford , you have said it all , and it doesnt stop with your own garden either!

I go to my daughter and sons , I  find it impossible to JUST walk around the garden . I dead head there too , my son who is 150 miles away tells me many a time he wishes I lived nearer- but Im glad that I dont  as Id never get my own done! 

But yes gardening does make me happy - my only moan is that now Im getting older I cant bend as good , I can't lift too good and when I need to get up from my knees after weeding borders I have to kneewalk to the washing line post to pull myself up whilst checking round that nobody is watching me - mainly my husband who thinks Im crackers- his theory is that if one cant get up from ones kneas then why get down on them in the first place !? and I answer him with " only a gardener would know THAT answer  as  I'm sure many on here knows what I mean ! 

Safer Brand Caterpillar Killer

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 14:01

 Hi I  do know what you mean  but Is it possible to search into this problem and therefor irradicate the problem for next year ?  

The problem is that these caterpillers  have come from butterflies or moths .So were layed earlier on . Can you prevent the butterflies or moths from coming in to your polytunnel ? 

By using a fine net or gauze over the openings you will get the air which  you need to circulate but not let any butterflies etc inside.

I am a firm believer that for any pests such as these it is up to us to prevent rather than kill. Yes the caterpillers do need to eat but if we can divert them in the first place then everyone is happy.  

I had a problem last year with something eating my beatroot so Im trying to prevent this happening again .

Bog garden on the edge!?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 13:37

I can picture this with not only tall plants as Briggsy  says but with a not too aggressive taking over  trailing plant for over the sides . It would  add a real  natural  look to your wild life garden . any chance of some photo's when its set up ?. 

Ideas for shading plants please

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 13:26

I too have wondered if a frame could be made and attach something to give the shade . Greenhouse shading sounds a good idea. Only thing for myself it would take loads for full borders -but individual shrubs / plants it could be worth trying . I will keep check on this one.

Plant ID help needed please!

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 10:57

have just  corrected myself , they are not  what I first thought - Ereramus is the foxtail lily and they are not these , but its still bugging me as I know I have grown these from seed too . Which I know that I bought the seeds from Plant World at Newton Abbot in Devon. around 10 years ago - I grew pink and blues of them .

Plant ID help needed please!

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 10:16

OLga - I'm  racking my head on this one and I will get back to you unless someone beats me to it .

I should know this plant I grew it a few years ago . The first year it starts off as a Rosette , then year two it forms into the beautiful plant as yours . It grows a lot down south , saw them in gardens in Devon ,bought seeds and grew them as you have done . Ereramus comes to me - but Im not sure I will check it out.

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infested by green caterpillers -no leaves left. 
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this works well ! 
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Azaleas ? I'm intrested in what others think on this one !

nurseries and watering ? 
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Grey leaved ,rockery plant, white flowers 
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azalea's - When does everyone feed

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shrubs for a large border. open for suggestions please 
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sowing seed .

Is it too late? 
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Other flowers the same shade of blue? 
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Moth Orchids

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