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new house new garden and unknown plants

Posted: Today at 11:39

D`you know nutcutlet, on looking a bit closer (with my glasses on the right way round) I think you are spot on with Pentaglossis - I can`t think of a Verbascum variety with those prickles......quite pretty if kept under strict control.   

new house new garden and unknown plants

Posted: Yesterday at 23:37

They look like some variety of Verbascum to me.  Another photo after the flowers bloom would help to decide.

Neighbours and overhanging plants

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 01:05

Hey Peanuts,   have a little chat - even put the kettle on, be really grateful that your lovely and wonderful, christian minded neighbour has helped you prune your super valuable privet hedge.  This hedge will be so much stronger and thicker for the help it has been so graciously given.   Offer her some cuttings, make her some tea and fairy cakes... and if all fails, plant a lovely new hedge of berberis stenophylla inter mingled with russian vine (for the birds)     Whatever else - keep smiling.  Maybe she just needs a friend ?

small tree or bush

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 00:46

If it has to be a choice of just one, I am in total agreement that Amelenchier Lanarkii is the winner. 

Cutting back a Hebe

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 00:38

If this was my plant, I would chop it back to 2 or 3 ft right away and let it take pot luck.  It will probably survive and do well, but if not it would be simple enough to replace.  Taking cuttings from any variety of hebe is really easy, so you could always snip a few bits off from those 10 inch tops and stick them in pots - give them some water and shade - and hey presto !   You`ll learn more by taking a few chances. 

Greenhouse ?

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 00:18

I try to turn my north facing garden into an asset.  A lovely cool place to be when it gets too hot.....summer IS on the way !  The spot furthest away from the house gets some sunshine for a spell during the day, and is the best place for most light.  This then is where a greenhouse is best used.   It provides shelter from the wind, and the shade is good for fuschias, seedlings and cuttings.  When given a little heat in the winter it supports lots of tender plants.   I would choose NOT to have a south facing greenhouse.  This winter,  most of my tender plants have survived all on their own on the south side, by the front wall with no help at all.  Go for it 

friend or foe?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 18:21

Well, when it comes to the dreaded vine weevil the birds can have whatever squidged bits they can find    ...but..  I take no prisoners, and the chance to escape does not happen. no no no nooo.

friend or foe?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 22:54

.....and not only good climbers, but they produce hundreds and thousands of nasty grubs that eat all the roots of potted plants.    I believe Verdun uses the grubs in stews - as they are awfully like witchiti grubs - and full of protein!  Some people like them on toast, and some feed them to the birds.  They need a silver hammer and a rock to kill the weevils !

I have spent the last few days emptying all my pots and tubs - spreading out the spent compost (discarding rootless ex plants as I go) and squidging the bugs....using some un ladylike language in a muttering fashion.  Be careful when squidging them - they squirt a long way, and could get you in the eye....keep your mouth covered if you dont like the taste.

I agree with Verdun - they seem to enjoy fleshy plants in nice fresh compost, so this year I shall try plain old soil with lots of grit mixed in - a good mulch of grit on top, and a few small and tough shrubs with some good old blousy nasurtiums to add some colour.

How I loathe these creatures!


Posted: 13/03/2015 at 21:40

I think some of my neighbours have been using beer traps.  We rescued a seemingly very poorly hedgehog in the autumn.  He was laying on his side and appeared to be having fits.   We popped him in a box and got the vet to have a look at him.  He was extremely agitated and bashed himself against the side of the box.    The vet decided he was very drunk and let him sleep it off.......he was fine the next day, but looked a bit hung over !     Maybe beer traps should have mesh over them - with slug sized holes for the right access.

Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 21:30

Always good to have a practise run 

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Talkback: Plants for dry shade

Sorry to disagree, but I`ve never yet found a hydrangea that will tolerate a dry situation - they all need lots of water. 
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