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lawns

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 00:06

Bet your neighbours loved you.....

Luckily,,badgers dont seem too interested in digging here.  Sandy soil, walled amd gated.  Before it was gated a badger did visit and dug up newly planted shrubs.  I decided it was the fish blood amd bone fertiliser that attracted it.

In a friend's large open garden....almost 6 acres......badgers call and occasionally cause a lot of damage.  Huge holes in hedges created overnight with large stones tossed aside.  Powerful diggers.  They create openings too for the many rabbits there.

What are the best white flowers for bees and butterflies??

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:52

Good question Natter Jack

How about white buddleia....white profusion?  

My acteas seem to attract bees, etc., in late summer with their scenfed white flowers.  Hene salicifolia ...white form....has interest too in mid summer.

White matthiola ..stocks....attract bees too.  

Not really hot on bees and butterflies but I also,grow Gaura Corries Gold......lovely delicate pure white flowers on long slender stems. ,should attract butterflies!  

Onion advice please

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:44

Hiya daffodil girl,

No, dont think it's onion fly but our old adversary slugs and snails.  Go out at night and check.  I think,welsh onion is the expert here but I,think onion fly primarily affects the bulb.  

I am a great believer in fleece for carrot fly, pea moth, etc., and.for onion fly.

Onion advice please

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 18:21

Ha ha Steve.  Of course,,the weather helps.  If we get a good hot summer there's nothing finer than seeing lifted onions baking in the sun. Glorious colour and, to show off, I place them on raised boards.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 18:16

That's what I call a hot bed Punkdoc.  Sounds brilliant.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 17:02

Can identify with you Punkdoc.  Although I have a few large canna clumps in the garden I also have large ones in pots. I constantly change my mind as to their final spots.....yep,these large holes are a deterrent but I want the perfect....the absolutely perfect.....spot   Want to put Durban near a white pittosporum but, coincidentally you mentioning Bishops Children, it's a toss up between a dark foliage, red flowered offspring of the Bishop or the canna.  Decisions, decisions 

However, wherever they go, the cannas are a fantastic feature in the mid/late summer garden, aren't they? ,

Onion advice please

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:52

I think Steve has said much as I did. Great minds think alike

  If onion has no smell and it seems reasonably solid then it should be fine. A scattering of fertiliser lightly mixed into the soil will help growth but do not hoe or  disturb onion plant. 

I used to feed with high nitrogen before mid summer and then switch to balanced fertiliser thereafter to encourage growth now and swelling later.  

 

What is wrong with my Veronica Spicata

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:44

KEF, depends on which variety you have ...mine is crater blue.  However, if you remove flower spikes as they fade new spikes will form.  Mine are yet to flower....not long....but they will comtinue all summer lomg.  Perhaps your plant was forced a little .  

Hellibores

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 16:00

Snap Bal.  what better in late winter and early spring than hellebores?  Check out the doubles too.  Some of them are really beautiful and some have dark foliage too 

Onion advice please

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 15:56

Hello Daisy,

Soft?  Do you mean the bulb part?  Squishy soft?  

Onions should be in full active growth now.  They will grow until mid summer.  Thereafter they begin the swelling process so time is running out for growth 

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