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Favourite Garden Pest

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 23:34

My fav pest is ME.  I am the most clumsy person with my size 11 feet.  If I'm thinning carrots you can be sure I will flatten a few onions in the next row.  If I'm watering the garden I will damage a plant in my impatience to drag the hose. I will jump over something in my veg patch and land on a lettuce. Yep, ME 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 23:28

MrsGarden, how about stipa Tennuissima for a "wavy" edge?  Wonderful plant with bright green foliage and billowing flowerheads all summer long.  Just 40 cm or so and evergreen.  It will seed ....not imvasive.....so ??ou will have more plants for next year.  I also grow hordeum jubatum, foxtail barley, amd this has a kaleidoscope of subtle colours in the flowers reflected from the sun.  You can grow this one from seed but too late for this summer.  It's magic in the sun 

Wallflowers

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 23:18

Hiya Graham

Wwll, they will survive amd flower for next year so you could just leave them. Cut off flowered srems.

However, I dig them up.  The space is then used for summer ptsnts.....in my case temder perennials.  They can then go on the  compost heap

Malicious Weedkiller damage to clematis

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:14

Hoping a straight weedkiller,was used that maybe just killed the top of your clematis Baywood.  Best to cut affected foliage now and see if shoots lower down grow.

 Vandals are everywhere.  A local nurserywoman I spoke with this morn had her polytunnels and plants wrecked over winter.  At the time she considered giving up the nursery but you can't let these rubbish people win.  

Violets

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:07

Got one clump, for sentimental reasons. Unsure of the variety.  Nice to have it.  Slugs love it.  

Rejuvenating thyme

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:04

Hiya Swedboy

I think thyme is often neglected and dispatched to the poorest driest spots where they do well but Some thymes, ESP the woodier ones like silver posie, need a little water now and then and a light feed now amd then.

I would trim them back now but would repot them first.  Perhaps into a deeper pot. Don't cut too far back into old wood.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 18:53

It has been beautiful here today.....hot this afternoon and still,blue skies.  Just 8 miles away, in Helston, they had rain and cloud. Funny county, Cornwall, the weather can be so different just a short distance apart. .  It still feels very warm.

Went to see a nursery to check on her stock and we always chat.  We exchange ideas , etcreally our mutual enthusiasm rubs off on each other. ,

Almost finished my new bed......dug up parts of a large clump of hackonechloa and planted 3 together to balance.  It looks like they have always been there so pleased with that.  Couple of lilies, tulbaghia as a trio, and artemisia Powys castle have almost finished the jigsaw.  Just a,couple more agastaches, verbena bonariensis and another helenium....ooo, and echinacea marmalade......to go in.  (have them growing in 3 litre pots) but large plants of stocks are still looking good there for mo and pushing out clouds of perfume.

Hardening off runner bean plants too....prob go in end of,the week

Good to see you back Matty.  And with such good news too 

 (our local weather girl has just apologised for the wet weather today!  Looks like most of Cornwall has been wet.  Mind you, I did put up a notice for no rain today )

 

Clematis Montana

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 18:34

Hiya Sue

I seem to be pushing the "over wet" theme but is your clematis in a low spot or in heavy ground?  The wet winter, I think, has damaged some plants.

Or, have you been spraying weedkiller in that area?

Begonias

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 08:26

I have two containers of begonia firecracker.  Too lazy to remove from containers so they were simply top dressed and fertiliser applied and look good.  This will be their third year.   Best to dig them up every autumn tho to replant again in fresh compost the following spring 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 08:20

I recognise your thinking Dove.  Im like that too sometimes with certain plants and usually I persuade myself to buy.  

Nice looking tree but are the roots a little spreading?  Do you have space for it, even tho it is not supposed to be too big?  

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