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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. 

Bee spotting

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 09:50

I saw a few  bees on the heather in the patio planter, good to see them and I hope they work hard to pollinate the bramley apple tree flowers this year as I had only a few apples ast year and they were awful.  Never been so glad to see honey bees before.

Hellebores - when to feed

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 16:52

Is there something other than fish blood and bone fertilizer thats good for Hellebores.  The reason I ask is that I think it attracts vermin into the gasrden, you know the ones.. four legged ones that poo everywhere.  I think the smell must attract them.

Tropical garden

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:51


 Hi, here are a few pics of my garden.

is will you use the extra hour next weekend

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:22

Morning everyone.  Well... I slept late this morning and when I saw grey overcast skies and freezing temps I felt like going back under the duvet.  Decided to go along to the nearest Garden Centre after breakfast and cheer myself up planning what I would like to be doing in the garden if ever this weather warms up. Cannot get used to this time change at all.

Tropical garden

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:10

I live in the SW of Wales so do not get the extreme cold of the northern areas.  I have grown a hedge of mixed Phormiums interspersed with Gold Crest conifers.  It really looks colourful all the year round and has withstood everything the seasons have thrown at it since planted 6 years ago.  It is also near a road with heavy traffic and not far from the sea so gets a battering from those as well.  I would advise caution with Yukka.  I have some in large pots and I have found the biggest problem is snow.  When snow gets down through the spiky leaves towards the main stem and then freezes this can cause the spiky leaves to rot and fall off.  I cover them with fleece mainly to keep ice and snow away from the main stem.  I will try and post some pictures later. Good luck Blujan, remember... nothing ventured nothing gained, so have a go. Its good fun.


Posted: 31/03/2013 at 19:22

I always wear a baseball hat, it keeps the sun out of my eyes - roll on summer, I can't wait to get out into the garden and get some work done.  My old gardening clothes are waiting in a pile for me and my wellies.

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