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Cane tops

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 14:54

I agree with LilAmber - I use snail shells.  Quite topical I think!  I wear specs so not strictly necessary but its somewhere to put the shells!  Am sure that someone I know also uses snail shells but sprays/paints theirs in bright colours for a bit of fun.


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 14:47

Mine have suffered from this in the past and then been successful the following year.  Three out of four of mine have been fine this year (a couple of Patty's Plum and an unnamed peachy/pink one), but my most mature plant (which often has 30+ open flowers at a time) started to shoot earlier in the spring and then completely disappeared with no sign.  Not sure what happened as slugs and snails dont usually seem to bother them.  Oh well, will either have a dig around in the autumn or see what happens in the spring!


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 09:07

Thanks All - Have put appropriate measures in place!


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 15:35

I have covered my strawberries from the birds now that they are ripening. However, woodlice are taking a liking to them, even ones that are just turning pink and not fully ripened.  Was very disappointed when I went to harvest my first picking earlier this week, only to have to cut the nibbled bits out.

I know that they are definately woodlice as there were still some of them in situ!

Any suggestions gratefully received.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 10:58

Lovely cats Victoria Sponge. 


Spuds didnt hatch but you can see that we moved some of the them elsewhere so she had a little space to sit in so she didnt knock the shoots off!

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:09

Hi Bal

I really hope that Freddy turns up.  Keep us posted if he does.  Abbie used to do the same.  We used to warn workmen in our road to check their vans before they went.  The number of them that used to drive off and then come back 5 mins later, drop Abbie off and go again.

As promised, pic of Abbie incubating our chitting potatoes!  Photo of her warming the drying garlic is still on the camera.


Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:59

Starting to look lovely. But definately needs a dig out and sort out this autumn.   I have a rose there too (David Austin - Princess Anne) which is just coming into flower.  Smells amazing and a fantastic colour.  Cut a bud that is just coming into flower and have it on my desk at work

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:47

Thanks Verdun - Will keep that in mind.  Mine is protected by being planted in the corner of a front garden plot protected on two sides by a wall approx 1m high.  The two walls protect it from the direction of the sea wind.  Its surrounded by japanese anenomes, a lovely hebe and a euphorbia

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:00

In the first year I had problems with the stalks being broken off by the wind but over the last couple of years it seems to have got more robust.  Neighbourhood cats like to use the mound at the base as a sun lounger as its protected by a low front wall.

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 16:14

I also have a Stipia in Cornwall! I always comb the dead foliage out but never cut down.  The stalks with the seedheads on have shot up in the last week or so. 

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