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Latest posts by Mark 1963

Beetle ID

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 16:25

I came in from the garden last evening and there was a olive green beetle that looked like a knights shield. Not sure if it was friend or foe, gave it the benefit of doubt and put it outside. Looked an interesting fellow, it was properly about 15mm in length might be a tat smaller. 

Moggie deterrent - humane suggestions please!

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 16:18

Hi, I do the pea sticks method and scatter a few French marigolds around. I have some in pots and move them to where the cat goes. They don't like the smell.

my first succulent

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 12:36

Thanks for that Berghill, I think I'll get some more

my first succulent

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 12:02

Hi Berghill, That's the fellow Any tips on aftercare

my first succulent

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 12:25

Hi Pansyface, I don't have the label to hand, but it has small orange/white daisy like flowers. I remember the name began with a 'D'

my first succulent

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 22:35

OK might sound strange, but yes this is my first succulent. I have put it in a terracotta pot, with a mixture of half hort grit and half Multi-purpose. I have also mulched with hort grit. Did I do right? Any other tips to looking after succulents.

New Member

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 19:49

Hi Nicky, welcome to the family. We are a friendly bunch and always up for a chat. Looking forward to reading your gardening tales.

ladybird poppy seeds

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 07:11

I'm the same, I put some in the ground and some in pots, zilch!

pansies and violas

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 12:27

Hi Mike

Yes pansies and violas can go on flowering for quite a long time. You can dig them up and put them in smaller pots. I did that with a few of mine. They are tough as old boots and take a lot for re-potting. Yes you can prune them quite hard back, the Chelsea Chop. If you have good growth at the bottom of the plant they will grow and flower again. It's worth keeping them because when your bedding plants die off, hopefully your pansies and violas will give you Autumn and Winter colour. You can get a good couple of seasons out of them.

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 22:13

I'm really enjoying the Show, an hour of garden design indulgent. A great antidote after a hard slog at the office.

Discussions started by Mark 1963

fuchsias slow to flower

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droopy petunias

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Garden update

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French lavender

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Beetle ID

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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 13:34

my first succulent

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Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 12:36

Beware queen wasps looking for a home

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thompson and morgan late deliveries

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Repairing a hose

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Weird dream last night

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Anyone grown Swan River daisies ?

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egg shell found in the garden

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Silver Birch Catkins

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Favourite Garden Pest

or you should not like them, but you do 
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help with azalea

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