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Any idea what this is?

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:59

They look a lot like the flag iris that's trying to take over my garden after escaping from my unlined, natural pond which it is busy terraforming.   A pest if it is.

Plant it in a pot and see what it does there before you let it loose in your garden.


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:57

My oakleaf lettuce looked just fine last weekend and I was hoping they'd be ready for eating as of this weekend but the ver hot week we've just had has made the all bolt.  However the kale and Savoys and broccoli and re cabbage are all doing well.  No other veg left so thinking of sowing red clover if I can cadge some seeds from my farmer neigbours or covering with black plastic to see off the weeds.

I did stock up on some spring bulbs at the plant fair yesterday so will be sure to get them planted.

Hop all is well now and that you are OK.

Salvia Hot Lips

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:51

Since these are not reliably hardy and you never know what this winter will throw at us I would wait till spring and then cut it back as low as you like to a pair of healthy buds on each stem.  Use the trimmings to take cuttings as insurance and for swaps.

Small retaining wall - ideas welcome

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:48

I have a mortar free retaining wall but it's made from bottles, not bricks.  It's been there 18 years and never moved but the bed behind is plants, not lawn so isn't walked on every day or mowed every week but it is at seating height so does get sat on.

We gave it proper foundations with a concrete filled base and then simply laid the bottles.  There's a paving set wall at either end to hold them up but nothing between them.  We topped it the long side with slabs of marble from an old fireplace we demolished and the short bit has a railway sleeper top.

The tall, straight side bottes with high shoulders are best for ease of use.



Posted: 04/10/2014 at 18:17

Paniculata means cone-shaped so pointier flower heads.

A couple of questions for Uni

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 13:34

And don't forget people also garden in cities and the countryside and some of us here are not in the UK but on the continenet and even further afield.


Posted: 03/10/2014 at 09:23

No, it was 20 a month!   A lot to pay for 3 visits a year.


Posted: 03/10/2014 at 09:21

It depends on what kind they are.   If they're mopheads or lacecaps it's best to leave them on till next spring as they keep the frosts off the new buds forming behind as they flower on wood made during the previous season.

If they're paniculata types they produce flowers on new wood so you can remove the flowers now if you don't like the faded look as they age.   Next spring, prune the plants back to a decent set of buds low down each stem and give them a generous dollop of pelleted chicken manure to encourage new growth and lots of flowering stems.

Talkback: 10 hostas to grow

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 08:58

There was a hosta grower featured on the covergae of the Malvern show one spring.  She says she goes out on Valentine's Day - because it's easy to remember - and sprinkles the wildlife friendly slug pellets on her hosta beds and pots.  She then repeats this every week through the growing season.  Just light scatterings, not a blue carpet,, and repeat after heavy rain.

I've done this too and it works for me.    I have a pond for frogs and toads and I feed the birds so they come and eat pests but I still need the pellets.


Posted: 03/10/2014 at 07:39

It's autumn and acers are deciduous so it's normal to lose their leaves.  However, mine still have theirs so maybe you haven't been watering them enough or you've had them too exposed to sun and wind and they've been stressed.

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