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Copper tape

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 23:09

Yep I agree with that......I.e pond life to control slugs

copper rings made from old copper pipe work well. and cost nothing if you have old tubing around.

however, it has to be multiple actions including physically picking up slugs 


Posted: 15/04/2015 at 21:49


yes I bought Fire Island last year's hardly grown at all.  It was supplied by well known grower/supplier as a very small root.  I'm growing it (in a pot) in the shade this year could be partial shade or sun is too aggressive for it.  We will see 

This year I went to Sue Proctor hostas and they supply large....I mean large too....plants.  Perhaps from them Fire Island plans would have done better.  

Liberty and Auturn Frost are already forming nice size plants that I fully expect to continue to grow well this summer.

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 21:41

Hi Primrose.  

get them from Brookside nursery.  There are compact, vigorous and spreading varieties.  

It's a shame about the old busy lizzies.  They were so prolific,,so easy to propagate so cheap and, yes, perfect for shade.  

Verdun s sunpatients

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 21:33

When I saw the title of this thread I knew we were in for something special...

sunpatiens are available as plugs Primrose.  I'm not really an annuals guy but I have been quite excited about these plants.  They are supposed to spread 2 to 3 feet and flower anywhere.  I'vs got a few more coming...tomorrow I think.....from Brookside nursery. 







Posted: 15/04/2015 at 20:36

Hostas grow away quickly from division at this time of year. never lost a hosta.  They are tough plants.   I use a saw to cut hostas.  I think you will be just fine but water them really well.  Give them good compost though....not mpc.  I use john Innes mixed with dried manure.  Mpc would be ok if mixed with concentrated manure and sieved soil

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 20:11

You are right to be wary of Valerian shadoweaver.  Beautiful plant but it will take over your garden.  In nearby Newquay I came across someone who boasted about his low maintenance garden.  Later he bemoaned the fact he could not get rid of his "low maintenance plants" ,  Viz., valerian

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 20:05

One very nice hellebore I have is a seedling.  Different to anything else I have and white.  Hopefully Dove you will be equally as happy with yours when it flowers 

When does cherry blossom?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 18:37

At cherry blossom time 

Giant Lupin Aphid

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 16:59

Think the lupin aphid was a stowaway on an Atlantic trip 

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 16:57

You're the only survivor then Busy.....

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