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What is your weather like?

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 09:13

Thanks herbaceous........the delphiniums are looking so good and would like another week or three if poss.

sun is shining ...maybe "they" got it wrong 

My squirrels LOVE spicy food!

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 09:01

I use copper tape.  I have 20 or more hostas without slug damage.  It is not a total protection ...slugs or snails in the compost would be unaffected.....but it certainly is not a myth.  A friend of mine has a treasured old violet that struggled to survive slug attacks.  I bent a copper pipe around it 2 years ago and it is very effective.  Copper tape is cheap.  If it works for you then great.  If not what have you lost!  grit, sand, egg shells and similar do not generally traps have some element of control but who wants drowning slugs on display? 

However, thanks for the info, the helpful herpetologist, re the bufo bufo.  learned something 

Aliens have landed

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 08:48

This is a wildlife discussion isn't it??? 

Grass ID please

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 08:43

Aym, there are hundreds of available carex varieties available.  They mostly all have "tiny bits in the blades".   There are some rubbish carex and some favourite carex are Testacea (unique foliage colour all year round) Comans Bronze (lovely movement in slightest breeze)  Buchannii and Evergold.


When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 08:36

Cat, I would cut the whole plant back ....if you say it is 3' high then cut to 2'.

why are you using secateurs?  Use shears.  Trim the whole hedge neatly to 2' top and sides and remember to slightly angle the aides so bottom is wider than the top 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 08:32

Had a walk around fhe damage (delphiniums still standing) and not really stormy.  Forecast is saying rough today so not counting my chickens!  Don't have any chickens   So storm is elsewhere or its main force is yet to come 

Wot did I get?

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 08:27

will do aym....word of a gentleman 

Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 08:22

I will allow some bonariensis to flower for a second year but they are far better as first year plants. their root systems are shallow relatively and if they get too woody they blow over.  

amazing though, aren't they?  From self sown seedlinge they grow 7' tall and flower continuously for weeks, even months, within 12 months 

Grass ID please

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 08:14

Aym ...have it here.  ,pennisetum Villosum.  Love it.

it may not survive over winter in some areas though 

no not invasive.....Some pennisetums can be;  some are very tender

Last edited: 20 August 2016 08:16:30

Aliens have landed

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 08:10

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