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How ruthless???

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 18:07

garden is still full of colour, prob more so than during the summer, but already I am thinking of changes. Thinking of bigger and better as we all do but always torn betwen more foliage and less flowers or vice versa 

I am ruthless enough, impatient enough, to start ripping stuff out now.  Just me or anyone else like this?

i will resist though for another couple of weeks but once I start the changes I am like a dervish of energy resulting in mass destruction of all my currently beautiful flowers.  

Please tell me this is quite normal   Logically I am preparing for next year after all 

Old,spent potting compost.

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 17:54

Be aware to check old compost for cine weevil grubs though 

What to plant around Dicentra Spectabilis

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 17:52

Linda, How about sanguisorba Pink Tanna or Red Thunder?  Lovely foliage and flowers that echo grasses, viz., thin tall waving stems with small bobbles of pink/white or red flowers all summer.  

Deschampsia caespitosa will flower after dicentra goes over and is a delightful  tactile. billowing mass of cloud like flowers.   Mine are still flowering ...since July.  airy flowers of beige/cream at about 60 to 80 cm.

you could try aster frikartii monch.......beautiful long flowering, again still in full flower here,....and rudbeckia Goldsturn would provide orange/yellow flowers for weeks on end.  Goldsturm just goes on and on from late summer well into autumn 

Lawn mower advice

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 17:32 that's your crafty excuse not to mow the grass Newboy.

I'm a bit like that with washing dishes,,hoovering and the like. 

Pots with autumn colour...some ideas please

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 15:31

Jetmorgan, check out libertia Taupa Sunset or Goldfinger.  50 cm tall wth unique evergreen grasslike foliage 

Can Anyone Identify This?

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 12:01

It is a thug though....down here anyway.  Needs plenty of space 


Posted: 25/09/2016 at 11:59

Patricia, they are nematodes.  Too late now to use them but when spring comes and thriugh to late summer you can water these microscopic parasitic onto the soil to control slugs. 

So, now is a little too late ...they need a minimum soil temperature to succeed.  

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 09:59

Nice here.  Wet night but now it is bloomin' luverly 

Buddleia Buzz Care

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 09:57


although it is autumn now I would repot your Buzz.  

Mine...Ivory and Magenta...are in the ground and have grown to 5'.  

Buzz needs better soil than the usual Davidiis so you could plant them out.  If you want to continue to grow in pots you will need a john innes compost. 

They are hardy so fine outside.  Prune back in spring to establish a nice open shape.  All the real work is best done in spring including a mulch of dried manure/ compost and fish blood and bone. 

Lupin Aphid

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 18:21

First came across these aphids a few years ago and got to know them as american aphids....large glaucous blue.  Insecticides do work effectively on them.

has anyone tried spraying with strong seaweed spray?  For past 5 years, maybe more, I have had no problem with aphids on lupins and I put it down to seaweed sprays early in spring and early summer.  Best grown "hard" too to avoid soft lush growth I think 

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