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Gardening woes

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 21:56

It's been a dreadful year for slugs.   If you can, dig it all up with as much root as possible and put it in a pot with good John Innes 3 compost and nurture it.    Check its soil for hidden slugs and use slug pellets to protect it form new ones.

If you can't dig it up , feed it again with liquid tomato food.   Mulch it with a deep layer of coffee grounds if you can or sharp sand and sharp grit.   Don't use slates as slugs and snails will hide there and come out when you're not looking.


Posted: 07/07/2016 at 21:46

I hope she does OK Liri.  Our cats have always lost weight in summer and shed fur and looked a bit tatty till we could give them a good scragging with their brush, which they love.  

First time in over 30 years we've only had the one cat.  Always had strays turning up regularly before - like Lesley.

No tennis here, gorgeous umpires or not.   Been perusing nursery catalogues and ordering hamamelis for autumn............

Last edited: 07 July 2016 21:46:50

Forkers Helmingham Hall garden visit

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 20:35

Lovely photos Wonky and a very interesting looking garden.   Not sure I'll ever lust after a knot garden but those mixed borders are gorgeous and so are the roses.

The pussycat and the stagbeetle

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 20:31

How lucky to have stag beetles.   And a gorgeous cat!

Pruning confuzzlement

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 19:58

Depends how personal it was!

Pruning confuzzlement

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 18:27

Well done Joyce.

PP - this thread is called pruning confuzzlement - obviously catching!

Covering a shady fence

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 16:31

I would not expect a Rambling Rector to do well in a pot.  They get huge and like a good root run.

The RHS has a list of suitable plants for shade.   I would avoid clematis because, like roses, they also require a deep root run and lots of food and water.

Check out the plants on the link below and see which may suit life in a container which should be as big as you can manage - minimum 60cms wide and deep and filled with good John Innes no 3 planting compost.   You'll need to top dress with slow release fertiliser every spring and keep it watered plus occasional liquid feeds throughout the growing season.



Last edited: 07 July 2016 16:31:43

Pruning confuzzlement

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 15:44

For the physocarpus, I would take out all the dead wood now and cut back all the stems to a height or width that suits your needs and then take a third out back to a lower set of leaves.   This way you can rejuvenate your shrub.

I don't grow rhodos as I have alkaline soil but a good gardening friend does and he takes the view that they will come back well if cut back hard, given a good drink of rain or soft water and then given a good mulching of ericaceous compost.  Do it soon though so new growth has time to harden before the frosts.   


Posted: 07/07/2016 at 15:37

This one certainly is.   We had to teach her about cuddles by insisting on stroking her even when she was clearly very cross about it.   Loves a cuddle these days but on her terms.  She has to ask and she has to roll over and offer her belly and when she's had enough she doesn't just get up and walk away.  She grabs my hand with teeth and claws but more gently of late.   

Do you have pets?


Posted: 07/07/2016 at 14:46

HMRC can be a nightmare but usually OK once you've located the right chap or chappess to speak to - for me so far anyway.

Vet visit went OK thanks Lesley.  Pusscat is an adopted cat - we found her living abandoned in the field next door and in a serious state of starvation, sickness and needing neutering so we fed her and sheltered her and then, when we could catch her took her to the vet for neutering.  She had polycycstic ovaries and bad teeth but recovered well and now lives upstairs.   Doesn't approve of our dogs and only occasionally ventures out now she knows we'll let her back in again.   That was 6 years ago.   The first time we took her back to the vet she shredded his arms cos he wasn't happy just to give her the jabs but wanted to prod and poke.  I did tell him but he knew better.

Today it was a young lady vet and she did her rag doll "I've got no bones" act and just let it all happen.  Seems a little lump I've found may be breast cancer so will get an op on the 18th.

Both dogs are rescues too.  One goes all drama queen and the other goes trembling heap but both are in good nick with teeth and hearts and so on and everyone now has jabs, worming, flea and tick treatment.   €199 the lot.

Now, of course, the sun is shining and I'm getting hot but have almost cleared the way to the bit of attic where I need to remove wet insulation.    Lots of chucking going on and some good finds too.   I hope the newly fixed tiles hold as we're away next week and I can't keep an eye on them.

Looking forward to photos of the day out too. 

What kind of water feature might you go for Lesley?

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