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Sneaky Bugs

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 17:18

Such a great idea, thank you!  I did some spraying today and pruned off any suss looking leaves and moved the plant away from other containers.  Appreciate all your advice

Sneaky Bugs

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 18:05

Thanks for this - will get the sprayer out tomorrow.  No shortage of birds here (they do an amazing job of waking me up at 4am every day...) but maybe this plant being low down in a corner isn't ideal...will stick it up on the wall so they can feast as they fly past  Appreciate the advice.

Help choosing plants!

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:27

Some things I like that you might like too...Choisya Ternata Sundance - amazing lime green leaves, slow growing evergreen perennial shrub, very light and beautiful.  What about some amazing purple Heuchera?  Check out Plantagogo and Heucheraholics for ideas.  Also, although it's not year round colour, I love asiatic lilies and they are so, so easy to grow - perennial, amazing colours, pretty foliage.  Hard to go wrong with rhododendrons and azaleas (a world of dreamy blues, lilacs, purples and whites to choose from) and you can get them in compact/dwarf form, too.  They are hardy and evergreen.

They do attract bees, but not by the million, and the bees are very disinterested in anything but the centre of the flower.  I have these next to my patio and am never bothered by the little fuzzy beasts.

There are some stunning low-growing grasses - have a look at Hakonechloa Aureolum (very bright green) and Uncinia Rubra (red) and Elijah Blue ( green, but the more sun it gets, the more blue it goes) and Mondo Grass (black) - I grow all of these successfully and by that I mean I ignore them and they do really well

I envy you - choosing the plants is the fun bit  I'm just redesigning my garden and am having to think about nothing but paths and stones and fencing before I'm allowed to let myself loose on picking plants

Best bee/butterfly border plant.

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:17

I have dwarf/compact rhodies and azaleas and they seem to attract lots of bees and some of them are quite happy in partial shade.

Sneaky Bugs

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:14


Hope someone can help with this!

I have what looks like a very healthy Viburnum Opulus Sterile which has put on lots of growth this Spring and has even flowered for the first time.

It's in a pot, waiting to go into its new home elsewhere in the garden.

I noticed recently though that some of the leaves (mostly at the ends of branches) have clusters of horrible little black things under them - very sticky when squished!  The leaves themselves haven't died, they've just curled up around the bugs.  Most of the leaves are fine, but clearly something undesirable has taken up residence!

i was planning to pot this plant up tomorrow anyway, but is there any treatment I can administer to get rid of these bugs and deter any new ones?  For the moment, I've just pruned off the leaves that were covered.


Plant hunt

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 13:12

Hi - I'm hoping to plant some Veronica Repens Sunshine in my garden but can only find plants in the US which can't be shipped overseas, and I have drawn a blank buying plants or seeds in the UK - does anyone have any ideas?  I really need a very low-growing, creeping ground cover ideally in a pale, sunshiny, pale, lime green colour and if not this gorgeous plant then something that looks and behaves just like it!  Thanks!


Posted: 15/04/2015 at 17:50

Sagina Subulata, not seaweed  And yes, moss and walking do compute.  Not heavy traffic, just the occasional wander.  

Cleaning patio and paths.

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 17:47

I clean my patio (tiled) with soapy water, hot or cold, and a good scrub with a brush.  Works a treat and doesn't affect anything with the run off.  Also, it doesn't leave any manky residue


Posted: 15/04/2015 at 15:47

Hi all

I'm thinking of planting Irish Moss to make walkable paths rather than gravel, but I wondered if anyone knows what feeds on Irish Moss, cos I'm sure there'll be something

Rhodendron bed

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 12:58

Hi all

I am about to create a bed of rhododendrons and I'd like some advice about what to put on top of the geotextile once it's all planted up.  I don't want to use mulch or gravel or bark chips but I'd like something quite decorative as these are dwarf rhodies and the ground will intentionally be visible between them.  The bed is 15m long and about 2m wide, btw.  Thanks!

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