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Lopper advice

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 15:01

I have Wolf loppers for stems up to about an inch thick.  for anything else I use a Wolf pruning saw attachment on one of their handles.  Very good.  Had both for about 25 years and still going strong.


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 13:04

There are eco friendly slug pellets based on ferrous sulphate.    scatter them regularly around susceptible plants from Valentine's Day on to get the perishers as they emrge from hibernation or hatch from eggs.  Scatter at weekly intervals throughout the gorwing season and that should protect your plants from the worst.

What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 10:24

Nin - there are wildlife fiendly slug pellets which do not harm birds or hedgehogs or pets.

I have learned that the weather's going to get me one way or the other.  We have hard winters so I have gradually learned what is tough enough to survive and what isnt and plant and plan accordingly.  This winetr was mild so eveything has been racing away and I've had glorious roses and peonies and oriental poppies and hostas and many more..........

Until the weather decided to sort out my optimism with a murderous hailstorm and 120kph winds that  stripped, shredded, decapitated or flattened too many treasures to list and left the garden devastated.

Nature can be glorious but can also be a bitch.


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 08:51

I enjoyed that segment very much and thought that trailing Rambling Rector and clematis Montana around was an interesting idea although I suspect the Rector will prove somewhat rampant.  However, if he's pegged he should be fine.   Wildlife friendly slug pellets, judiciously applied, will sort out the slugs and the clematis.

There will no doubt be a follow up to see how it works. for gardens to visit.

Wall baskets

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 16:53

I don't like impatiens either but they do well in the shade and the white flowered ones brighten up a dark spot.

Wall baskets

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 13:56

Fuchsias and impatiens do well on north facing walls as they don't like full sun.  You can get upright and pendulous forms of fuchsias in a wide range of colours and shapes of flowers.  If you go for impatines, get the Guinea kind as these healthy.  Impatiens and most forms of fuchsia need protection from winter cold bt can be kept going indoors.   

Ivies will be fine outside all winter and you could use violas and pansies for winter colour.

What Bee friendly climber for West Facing wall???

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 16:35

I have a clematis Red Ballon which is always covered in bees when in flower.   I also have a single, open flowered rose Kiftsgate which the bees love.

I have a wisteria too and didn't know about their seed pods and dogs.  The wisteria wa splanted before we got our dogs.   Not normally a problem anyway as this is the first year we've had good flowers for  3 years after assorted hard winters and springs wiped them out.   I reckon it's a simple enough job to dead head the plant and so stop it wasting energy on seed pods, thus also saving the dogs.

Yet another mystery plant

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 22:23

Fishy!  How can you lose mint?  If I don't keep mine in pots it takes over and even when I keep it in pots ite scapes so I have an invasion of Ginger mint in one of my veggie beds.

Yet another mystery plant

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:01

Bronze fennel.

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 11:38

There are some little hostas that may be OK but I usually find they're best in pots on a display stand so you can appreciate them.   I'd go for something easy to maintain that doesn't suffer from slugs or mildew or other problems so hardy geranium macrorhizum every time as it's evergreen in normal winters and the foliage is scented and turns red for added interest. 

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