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Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 15:44

I check mine over every couple of days and then send them to the heavens with the bottom of my shoes...

They are clever though, when they sense danger, they drop to the floor landing on their backs so they are hard to sport.  They also release a pheromone that warns others too!

Talkback: Clover

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 15:18
Agreed with many of the comments, leave it, bees love it. In fact, I have bought some seed recently as I dont have any in my lawn, also ordered some daisies.

Movember- Any gardeners taking part

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 16:00

Hi there, are there any gardeners out there who are taking part in Movember this year?  If so, there is a gardening Team called Bristling Gardners which I will be joining. Also on twitter.

p.s.  Hope I haven't broken any rules, couldn't see any that applied.

Wisteria still dormant in june!!!!!!!

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 12:51

Have you checked the root system?  I have a very similar problem with my Sambucus Sutherland Gold, it had plenty of healthy looking buds but by mid May they hadnt opened.  I was considering replacing it anyway, so dug it up to find all the roots had rotted, presumably caused by the long damp winter.

Slugs may destroy my life

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 15:47

Halcyon is a really nice slug proof hosta.

Just to echo the previous post, the garlic spray is excellent and really works.  I always reapply after heavy rain.  Just try not to spill it on yourself, the smells a bugger to get rid of.  Coffee grounds are also very good on the ground around the plant but why not do both!

Unusual Cowslip seeding

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 13:57

There is a local market stall that is selling deep orange "cowslips" and have to say they are vile things.  There is something elegant about the native cowslip. 

Unusual Cowslip seeding

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 12:06

I grow cowslips from my own collected seed each year as its just so easy and they are great spring plants.  I know that they can cross pollinate quite readily and often find variations in the flower colour, size and form. 

This year, I came across this one.  It has flowers bourne on upright stems although not as tall as cowslips. It looks great, the white edging to the petals real make the flower stand out.  The downside is that the slugs love the flowers and regulary find the flowers gone within a day of flowering.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 13:17

This is the first cowslip in flower in my garden which has actually been flowering for nearly 2 weeks now.  Its a bit of an oddity, none of the others are anywhere near flowering.  This was self sown, so presumably, its hybridised with another primula resulting in early flowering.  The colour of the flowers are extremely vivid which is why I left the flowers in colour and the rest in B&W so that it stood out. 



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