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Identification help please!

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 22:43

Hi I would say don't be too eager to throw plants away, if there is any that show even a trickle of life, or when you dig them up the roots look in good shape, I would replant them and wait. I'm sure they will repay you.



New gardener here

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 22:33

Well I guess you need to seriously enquire about deer proof  netting, if it works for farmers it should work for your patch.

Garden is a restaurant for slugs.

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 22:45


I also meant to add that birds don't feed at night, and slugs don't come out in the daytime so spreading bird food and suet treats may attract mice and rats into your garden so please be aware of that.????


Garden is a restaurant for slugs.

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 22:29

Hi  Hastfan yes I can understand why you would say that and no I won't take offence, what I should have made more clear was that while I have collected 80 to100  that wouldn't be EVERY night, usually it's the first couple of times I go "slugging" as I call it on the arrival of spring. What happens then is I have a garden with very few slugs although I still go "slugging"  but on less occasions and collecting less and less.

i have tried slug pellets, beer traps even Nematodes and nothing works more effectivley than night collection but as I say with less and less frequency.

At this time of year I don't need to go at all, because everything in my garden is growing beautifully. 

Garden is a restaurant for slugs.

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:46

Hi somapop I agree with fairygirl, late night collection is the only way, plus buying plants that are hardy to withstand slugs, hairy leaved plants, shrubs, grasses, clematis, phlox hydrangers are all immune to slugs.

i have an head torch, a tool like large tweezers and a jar of salted water, I can pick up 80 to 100 slugs a night in spring. I find after a couple of nights there a much fewer so two nights on a weekly basis usually keeps them at bay, until things get going.

Also summer plants grown from seed need nightly inspections until they get big enough to withstand a bit of munching. Plus always water beds and borders in the morning because wet soil helps slugs to get around.

i hate slugs and snails with a vengeance, i find they come out of crevices at the bottom of walls and crawl up at night to pots on walls or hanging baskets, they hide under stones and plastic bags in the daytime so anytime a see a slug or snail its  got to die there and then there is nothing on the market that is better than killing them yourself or  in salt water.



Pruning Wisteria

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 18:58

hi Bob, yes I heard that and it did put me off buying one for quite a while, then I took a gamble about four years ago and just when I was giving up on the plant I spotted a flower last year, it was like winning the lottery, this year more have grown so I feel very proud and protective about it, I know it's silly but this is how some thing get you. 

Chinese foxgloves

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 12:22

I have a Rehmannia or Chineses Foxglove and I love it, you dead head the old flowers and a new one grows very quickly, which is the kind of plant I like.

the label says it's a "foxglove like" flower so I guess its called a Chinese foxglove because of its re semblance to an ordinary one! but the flowers are bigger and longer    There is no information to say it spreads ?

Ordinary foxglove flowers bloom once then die which makes the plant look unsightly as it gets to the top. I recommend it.

Pruning Wisteria

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 17:02

Hi SQ are you joking? I wasn't aware there was a non-flowering Wisteria, I know the leaves are a lovely shape but what is the point of no flowers ?????

New gardener here

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 16:58

Hi SQ, Deer, come round my sons place at night so he bought some Deer proof netting which helps a lot, maybe you could net off an area with lavender around the outside if this is possible.

Pruning Wisteria

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 16:47

hi everybody, I have a lovely lush green four year old wisteria which I am proud of as I hear so many people say they are hard to grow.

this year I had about four to six reasonable length  flower stems which I consider satisfactory at this stage. I follow the RHS pruning regime with care.

My question to other gardeners is :-

I have been told that some people just hack it or shear the top two feet off every year and it comes back looking glorious ??

Am I being too cautious, should I be a little more aggressive, advice would be much appreciated



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