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Latest posts by sterelitza

Talkback: Begonia and pelargonium pot display

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 08:51
Oh why did I throw that old bucket away. I will have second thoughts now about getting rid of containers that a coat of paint could revitalise them as planters. Great ideas for planting though.

Advice on slug free plants

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 08:47

Thanks Obelixx for that website, had a look and there are quite a few flower varieties on there that slugs avoid.  I will try these to add to my flag iris. day lillies, roses, rock roses, and marguerite flowers.  The latter seem to thrive in any condition, only blackfly attack those!!!  Thanks to everyone for contributing, much appreciated.

Has anyone got buds on there apple tree yet

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 23:05

Nothing on my bramley apple tree yet, looks really bare and dead.  I am worried!!

Advice on slug free plants

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 17:16

Thanks everyone for your suggestions and advice, great to have your experience.  In our local paper this morning there was a passage stating that last year the slugs had a field day because of all the wet weather.  So far this year they have had a lean time as ground frozen for so long and no food for the blighters.  Now though, its milder and rain has arrived so they will emerge again.  Perhaps we could continue this thread at the end of the season to see how we all got on in the fight against slugs... and all the other pests after our precious plants.

We love Monty!

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 17:26

Well said Dove  

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Well, our local garden center employs people who keep an eye on their plants, watering them and even hardening them off - the supermarkets stack 'em high and deep and leave them in the glazed entrance to the store with the doors open in the scorching sun  or  frosty temperatures and never notice that they need watering (I sometimes point it out but they shrug and ignore me).

Employing people to care for the plants adds to the GC's overheads - hence increased costs.

If I've only got a few pounds I know that I'd rather spend them on plants that have been cared for by people who know what they're doing ....

Supermarkets have no one to advise you on what you are buying - It is useful to pick up a bargain from there but beware - boxes of bulbs are sometimes dried out and are dead and gone as soon as you plant them.  Also, some of their pot grown plants will need hardening off if you want to plant them outside, I have learned this the hard way!!!

Advice on slug free plants

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 17:15

Hi kimrosefreak, thanks for replying and your advice which has made me think twice about Rudbekia.  I loose loads of plants to the dreaded slugs so the war is on against them.  Do you know if they like achillea?  I had some lovely Hollyhocks that had survived a number of years but the slugs ate them last year, they were climbing to the top of the plant which grow to some 6ft and over in my garden, they were munching everything and the stalk as well.  Thanks.

Advice on slug free plants

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 14:30

Hi everyone, I wonder if anyone would know whether Rudbeckia plants are prone to slug damage or any other damage as far as that goes.  I am really fed up with fighting off slugs and snails and want to grow some tall, hardy flowers like rudbeckia, that are able to survive the 'slug attack'.  Thanks for any advice.

Mannequins in the garden

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 16:40

Where can one get something for the garden that is not a humanoid naked effigy?  A sculpure to add interest, know what I mean?

Talkback: Slug-proof plants

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 23:52

It seems the battle is starting again, I have just picked off a green caterpillar from a surviving geranium in the raised flower bed this afternoon.  Also slugs are starting to crawl out from under folliage, etc.  When I find a slug in its shell I chuck it on the lawn and the crows then pick it up and proceed to bash it on the roof of my house.  I dont know whether to like crows or not as they make a racket and can damage the tiles.  Maybe the best thing is to grow plants and flowers the slugs dont like, such as Flag Irises, Bergena, rock roses, etc.  But they will eat anything given the chance.  I am going to put lots of tins containing beer around the place and drown the pests.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 00:02

Evening Forkers... it will soon be morning! What a good idea Brumbull to start this thread.  Just like to say to GG sorry for your loss, sincere condolences.

Today, I have taken a chance and removed the fleece covers from tender plants in the garden.  Some of them were looking a little creased up but hopefully will raise their heads soon, it seems we are in for some well needed rain next week, the soil is drying out in my garden and I have even watered some pots, in the morning though as it has been freezing at night.  Going to cut the grass tomorrow, its looking very tatty, and then give it a feed and weed dressing.  Must not be too heavy handed as I dont want to burn the grass.  Also trim the edges around the borders if I have some energy left. 

Discussions started by sterelitza

Talkback: Phormium mealybug

I have several different varieties of Phormium in my garden. Recently when some of them were being trimmed back I noticed mealybug at the b... 
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mozzies in the garden

clouds of mozzies in November 
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Taking Cuttings 
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Talkback: Hibernating ladybirds

Hi, we had a really sunny day here in Carmarthenshire last week which showed up how dirty the windows were, I decided to go outside to clean... 
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Different colour flowers on one plant

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Different colour flowers on one plant

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Advice on slug free plants

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How do I get rid of Ivy from the rockery?

Ivy rooting everywhere 
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Seed pods on New Zealand Flax

Help please 
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Rust on my Hollyhocks 
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Growing from seed

New Zealand Flax  
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Talkback: Growing species tulips

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