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So, this is the result of my weeding but...

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 19:38

Green stuart I would concentrate on removing those stumps.   Forget weeds etc, the stumps will make proper plantng there impossible.    For ever 

I have to remove a large juniper next month.......the trunk is thick and the easy "solution" would be to cut it down to ground level.  I wont.  I will get it out .....the satisfaction then is immense and I will put plenty of goodness back in and plan a new perennial/ shrub border.

think again green stuart 

Oh come on!

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 19:26

High protein arent they Philippa?  

Oh come on!

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 19:14


What is your weather like?

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 19:09

Wet it was!  

Checked around the garden at lunchtime fearing dahlias, heleniums and others would have been damaged by the relentless rain.  The odd stem here and there but nothing serious.  Cannas still at 7' plus as are grasses, sanguisorbas and the like.  Ironically, plants not supported have done as well as those that were. lesson there...maybe if plants are grown hard they will sway rather than break in wind/rain ....???

drier now and high pressure approaching now so I think all,is well.

anyone get plants damaged? 


Posted: 02/08/2016 at 18:55

My divided and potted lupins are already growing well. Will be way ahead of any cuttings taken 

Oh come on!

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 18:54

Phew!  Don't want another plague of frogs Fairy 

vine weevil : do i need to treat all containers?

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 18:43

Fuschias too are susceptible 

Oh come on!

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 18:38

Have I been told off Fairy?

just read that Monty is in trouble again so .............

not meant to be contentious at all.  

I guess I need to be very careful then if people have taken offence here.  

I have tried to keep out of threads other than relying to querie

for the record this thread was about his recent views on self sufficiency that seem to have gotten him imto trouble ! 

Last edited: 02 August 2016 18:40:37

vine weevil : do i need to treat all containers?

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 16:38

HC, You refer to nematodes instead?  Increasingly, I am using nematodes for vine weevils, slugs and leatherjackets.

there may well be issues with using nematodes down the line but, so far, I cannot see anything better

the real problem is with vine weevils in winter and early spring.  Nematodes are not effective then. The solution is to use nematodes in early autumn and hope they stop the breeding cycle over winter.

of course, we cannot use provado and nematodes . We have a choice 

Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 02/08/2016 at 16:29

I have them with grasses, heleniums, dahlias......well, anything.  prob a dozen clumps here and there and, for such cheap plants (my own seedlings) womderful value in the garden.  

With all the rain over past 24 hours or so I expected one or two stems to have been broken but they have remained intact.

"thicker" stems sheffgardner?  Were they overwintered plants?  In any case these will prob send up more flowering stems.  Yes, there will be thicker stems in my experience.  

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