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Posted: 16/07/2012 at 12:25

Thanks for your replies.

I have tried them in compost enriched soil in full sun and semi shade although perhaps I should have been more generous with the compost.  They seem to be ok for a bit and then they just don't thrive (become spindly)and I end up pulling them out. Are they very thirsty plants? Mybe I dont water them enough


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 08:52

I just adore heucheras particularly the dark red varieties but I cannot get them to grow. I have spent a fortune in the hopes that they will do well.  I drool with envy when I see them in other gardens so can anyone give me some tips please.  I will be forever grateful.  Thanks


July in the garden!!

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 16:36

What a beautiful collection of photos and great to see some of are gardens are thriving despite the recent deluges we have had lately!

gardeningfrantic - seen your superb pix of bottlebrushes.  I know you planted yours from seed you say.  I bought one three years ago and each year since planting, it has weakened and finally died.  Do you bring yours inside during the winter months or cover the plants in some way for protection.  I would love to get one growing successfully here as they are such stunners.  We had them in our garden when we lived in Western Australia.


Posted: 15/07/2012 at 11:33

Hi Frank - nice to read you on this site after the collapse of the BBC messageboard.  I wondered if I would find some of the regulars from there now over here. 

Re ants I suppose I always remember being bitten when treading on an ants nest and then having them crawl up my trouser legs and got into wellies so I am a bit nervous of them. The idea of fresh mint leaves sounds good and,  no, I wouldn't try the petrol thing.  I can imagine up goes the fence next door as well as my bins and the rotting goodies withinm  Mind you with all this rain perhaps it would refuse to light anyway!


Posted: 15/07/2012 at 10:05

The compost bin (2 x 3ftx3ft ones) is made out of decking and is completely closed except for the top which is covered by an old carpet square.  This allows some moisture to get in but not too much. It is good and hot within as a heap should be and works very well but i have never had the ant build up before. The ant nest is only in the "primary mix" one with the fresh cuttings etc and not the second one.  I am loathe to pour boiling water on them so I think I shall have to turn it over more regularly to keep them dispersed.

a very miserable lady.

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:27

Needn't have bothered installing our 4 water butts when the Thames Water  hosepipe bans started this year.  They have been overflowing!  Oh well - ready for next year

Cheap seeds

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:23

Yes I did the same the last two years and they all worked well and at 50% of the usual price. Have bought some more ready for next year.  Bargain


Posted: 14/07/2012 at 18:19

This year my compost heap has masses of red and flying ants.  I have never had this problem before.  Is it a problem (I don't look forward to turning it)? Is there anything i can do about it or should it be ignored?

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