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Allium 'Purple Sensation'

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 12:42

A lot depends on where you are and how old the bulbs are.  I have new allium bulbs such as Allium sphaerocephalon planted last autumn that are still in bud whilst the new Christophii are almost at their full OTT glory.

Older ones of several forms are already going over and setting seed including tall white ones and puprle sensation and shorter purple chives.  White chives are still flowering.   Their nectarospordum cousins are just opening their flower heads.   All are fabulous for bees and other beneficial insects and are good for companion planting with roses.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 11:50

Hi Biofreak.   I've been sowing and planting my veggies and ornamentals according to the lunar calendar and everything is  looking very good apart from clematis being blasted off their supports by strong winds.

Noted with interest that the farmer planted the field behind me with spuds on a roots day and now has some fine healthy greenery poking through and looking sturdy.   The ones planted by another farmer in a neighbouring field just 3 or 4 days later are only just showing through so are well behind.

I am about to start a comfrey tea for my plants and would be very interested in the black spot recipe.  I have very little of it but Zephirine Drouhin has come back this year after doing nothing last year and she always gets a bit.

Path ideas

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 11:35

Try freecycle too.   Stepping stones are going to be the easiest and cheapest option.  Playing with your dog will scatter gravel all over anyway and then it'll get in the blades of your lawn mower.

My local GC has irregular shaped Japanese stones in grey or brown for about £10 each.  Make sure they are sunk just below grass level so you can go straight over them with the lawnmower.

Monty's watering advice

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 02:06

Never mind the watering - how good is it to see he's got rid of that dreadful attempt at a wildflower meadow!!  

I've just watched the episode in full having missed bits earlier for a phone call and he's seen the light.  Wrong place.  Wrong soil.  Wrong decision.

Let's hope plan B works better.

Monty's watering advice

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 00:18

It depends on the size of the pot, whether it's glazed or terracotta or plastic, what's growing in it, whether it's in full sun or shade, how warm it is each day and how windy it is as that can desiccate plants as much as heat.   You have to use your judgement but definitely better to give fewer thorough soakings than lots of little trickles that don't wet the roots and compost deep down.


Annoying Weed

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 15:38

You need to crush it first and then apply weedkiller.   Otherwise it doesn't absorb it.   In the border, just keep pulling it up when you see it and then bin or burn it.  Do not put the bits on the compost heap or waste ground as they will grow again.

Suggestions for ants in flower bed

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 14:39

Yes.  I've been posting that on these boards since the old Beeb days and it does work but doing it on a whole garden could get expensive so best kept for particular problem spots.

Suggestions for ants in flower bed

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 14:21

Lots of ants means your beds are dry so try watering them and also mulching in autumn after heavy rains and when herbaceous stuff has died back.    This helps retain moisture.

Another trick which is especially good for pots, edible fruits and veggies and compost heaps invaded by ants is to water on a solution of 5 litres of water mixed with one small bottle of essential oil of cloves (health shops and pharmacies) because they loathe the smell and move on.   Repeat as needed.

tv programmes

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 14:17

They used to show old GWs on Sky but stopped for lack of viewers - which is what you expect in the afternoon.  We're all out in the garden or at work!   

Clematis Browning

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 16:00

Even if you think the soil is moist, clematis are very hungry, thirsty plants so water regularly and add a bit of tomato food.   It can take a year or two for them to settle in and send their roots out and down deep enough to get all the water they need by themselves and it will need a generous dose of slow release clematis feed in spring to keep it growing and flowering at its best.

Great plants so good luck.

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