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Talkback: Garden pests

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 08:16
Morning JPSterckx
Not convinced by the sacrificial lettuce theory. It simply attracts more slugs that will then move on to other plants
More slugs and snails this year than ever before, I think, but a combination of (limited) pellets and hand picking is effective.
Certain plants are more attractive than others ar certain times of the year....my .heleniums, for example. Delphiniums very early in fhe spring, lupins the same, echinaceas. Tender salvias are susceptible during June down here. I hand pick in the early stages until now they have grown enough to ward off any odd attack. So far, I have several hostas in the ground and in pots not attacked by the critters.
Dahlias were vulnerable but now they should be fine

Gardening

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 16:21
Dry or wet you need to remove the weeds by hand....sooner the better. Your plants will amaze you by putting on so much growth.
I would thoroughly clear an area then feed and water. Then move onto another patch.

Winter / Next Spring Bedding

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 16:16
I think there is something in that Bob,,viz., plants from seed or cuttimgs do seem to adapt better to local conditions. I sound shrubs bought from Bressinghams years back often struggled whereas the cuttimgs from them thrived.

Blueberry

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 14:14
Well said Bob
The reason most of us grow blueberries in containers s because our soils are not acidic enough. Ideally, blueberries like it more acidic than Rhodos, etc.
Watering too is important for blueberries....they must not dry out.

Winter / Next Spring Bedding

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 14:08
The only "bedding" I do is for stocks and wallflowers. I too prefer a permanent system.
Stocks and wallflowers replace tender Summer plants and they are always large specimens to make an impact.
I will post pics soon of my main "helebore" bed. Now it is, seemingy, full of summer plants. Will wait just couple of weeks to post pics when "summer bedding" via permanent planting of heleniums, dahlias, and a host of others will be in full flower. Much easier than annual planting, much cheaper and more of an impact. Winter plants like hellebores, dicentras, Camelias, etc simply provide a foil for summer stuff.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 13:22
Rain early but very nice now.
See if this posts.......

Suggestions for filling a small south facing border

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 14:10

Santolinas......silver grey mounded evergreens.  Prune back in spring to maintain the tactile foliage.  I would also plant verbena homestead purple.....cascading purple flowers all summer.  For a burst of colour and some height add geum totally Tamgerine.....easy evergreen and long eye catching flowers.  You like blue Moominrhubarh?  Plant either or both of caryopteris or ceratostigma.  Easy shrubs ....the ceratostigma (wilmottianum) starts to flower now and goes on until autumn when it often has reddish autmn foliage.  For a purplish blue check out penstemon Sour Grapes....this is an evergreen perennial with flowers all summer. Check out aster Frikartii Monch......lavendar blue flowers for months.  Finally to comtrast with purple verbena plant a white osteospermum....superb large white flowers all summer long.

Perennials planting time

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 13:38

Looking good there Supernoodle ..  Like it a lot ......planted achillea terracotta recently too.  Easy to dIvide too.

 

how-to-prune-a-giant-bay-tree

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 13:29

Mowser,

Cut it as hard as you like.  You won't lose it.

Blueberry

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 08:46

Agree about the watering.  Blueberries need a good moisture level.  Ideally water with rain water but I use the hose .......

Mine are in pots plunged in the ground and given a generous soaking twice a week, if I remember 

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