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Talkback: Pollen beetles and sweet peas

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 18:32

Hi Gill

I'm not sure how long the problem with pollen beetles will last - possibly for most of the period you will want to pick the sweet peas. It has always been a problem for me too. 

If you have a garage  try putting the vase(s) in there in a cool spot for a few hours. If there is a window place the vase away from the window and shut the door. If there is no window leave the the door slightly open. 

The idea is that the beetles will crawl away from the flowers and towards the light. You might have a garage full of beetles but better that than in the house. 


Posted: 09/07/2015 at 13:13

WONKIE - Just been looking at the order of play for Wimbers and Goran is playing today. Last match Court 1 - Gentleman's Invitation Doubles.

If not on mainstream it might be on the Red Button if it's of interest. 


Posted: 09/07/2015 at 11:40

Morning Panda - you snuck in there 

Chin up - I'm sure the right job is out there waiting for a star like you - and if you're going to be at home - the summer is the best time . A start date of the 1st October would be quite nice wouldn't it? x


Posted: 09/07/2015 at 11:35

Morning all.

Loved the tennis last night - the Wawrinka match was very exciting - we didn't get dinner till 8.30pm because of it .

Should be a cracking match tomorrow but won't know whether to shout for Roger or Andy. Will just have to eat my prawn & mayo sarnies and strawbobs & cream and enjoy the event with my girlie friends (tradition for mens semi-finals day since the days of Bjorn Borg).

Enjoy your planting WW & nice to see you Beaus Mum. Do you know if Bekkie H is OK? - haven't 'seen' her for ages.

Hope Dove and BL have a lovely day - bet they go to Wootten's - so envious 

Enjoy your day everyone. Grass should have dried enough now for a short back & sides.

New ipad

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 10:02
Hi Lyn
Are you referring to the GW forum toolbar with the smilies and quotes etc icons? I don't get it on my iPad either when using Safari as my web browser (seemed to disappear after one of the OS updates).
I installed Chrome but I don't like it as much for general browsing (seems slower & a bit clunky) but it does give me the toolbar. I use Safari most of the time and 'make' smilies with punctuation marks for the forum. When I want to do quotes or post a link / picture I either use my desktop computer or switch to Chrome on the iPad. 
It's a bit of a pain and, bearing in mind how many people use Safari these days, I'm suprised it's still an issue. But better a forum & no toolbar than no forum at all 

blackcurrant propogation

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 09:17
I planted blackcurrants in spring this year and just stuck some of the formative pruning cut-off branches in a pot of compost. They've all rooted & are ready for potting on. The garden club will be having some Ben Connan blackcurrant bushes on it's stall this autumn

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 12:23

Lovely colours & planting Victoria & Mrs G.

Hope everything's OK with David - it is horrible watching your hard work being destroyed. In the last 3 weeks we've had one day of gale force winds and 2 days when we had several hours of absolutely torrential / damaging rain. Foxgloves laid flat - roses, philadelphus & clematis bashed to bits & some of the stalwart clumps  such as salvias & anthemis left sprawled all over the place despite the corseting underneath. Heart breaking - sometimes wonder why we put ourselves through the torment - won't stop us though will it?

Names of two perennial plants.

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 20:51

That is a really pretty aquilegia - haven't seen one quite like that before - another item for the shopping list..... 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 20:49

Verdun - thanks for the plant names - will definitely put that euphorbia on the shopping list - will look lovely with rusty orange day lilies. 

Wintersong - I always like looking at your garden pictures - another one with a designer's eye for planting combos / form and texture.

I really wish I could do it but somehow things never turn out as they looked in my head! My best planting combos are nearly always fortuitous - whether mistakes or accidents - but am trying to learn from garden visits and these lovely pictures.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 17:50

Lovely pictures everybody - your gardens all look so much tidier than mine 

Verdun - love your upside-down border  and wondered if you'd mind doing a couple of plant ID's for me?

Working down from the hosta, there's a heuchera and then is that an astrantia or is something else? - almost looks like an anemone flower coming through but perhaps that's another plant? Then is that a euphorbia?  -  which one? - love the bronze touch to the leaves & I can think of a spot for one of those in my garden. Really good planting combo, 10/10 

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