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Plants to edge a bed to scare cats off

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:48

How about the odd grass like fescue, carex, dwarf stipa or uncinia?  liriope?  Plants that have movement?  Perhaps some short discreet canes inserted too.....not permanently but enough to break up cats' routines.  

Moist ground too seems to deter cats if ground elsewhere is dry so wetting the affected areas may help.  It does on my veg patch. 

Not sure that any mulches will make much  difference

Talkback: Lavender and wallflower pot display

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:22

See sweet pea thread just bumped up Wills

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:21

bumped this up for Wills for experts here 

Talkback: Lavender and wallflower pot display

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:19

Wills...nice praise but now I've let you down.

there are some real sweet pea specialists on the forum and a sweet pea thread.

ill bump this up for one of them to advise.

sweet peas aren't really my thing.....grow them of course 

Talkback: Lavender and wallflower pot display

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 18:12

Lavendar and wallflower display?  Wallflowers will be over well before the lavendar flowers.  Not a good combo for me.  

Jennifer, Bowles Mauve for me deteriorates after 3 years.  Fresh plants from cuttings every year ensure vigorous and better flowering.  Cutting back Bowles Mauve often helps it's decline.  three young plants of either will perform better in a pot than one straggly


Posted: 14/02/2015 at 18:06

I think England will win today against Italy beat least 30 points.  I stand to win £100,000 if so.  i

test drove Audi A1 today with my niece.  Fun n games haggling with the salesman though but I know his games, his style and his vulnerability, viz., he NEEDS the sale 

always keep HIM hoping and on tenterhooks.  

Nice car though, esp for 21 year old 

grass cutting

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 12:47

Yes at highest setting for first cut. I haven't actually stopped cutting mone over winter ! 

when do you plant out onions ?

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 11:45

Can you cloche them after planting tinkle toes?  

Were these sets or plants?  Usually sets would be planted out next month.  What sort of onion sets were they?  Japanese/hardy varieties?  These would have been planted out in autumn.  So,,what variety?  

My sets/plants are not outside yet....even down here .....but I will plant and protect (against birds, for example, and against worst of the weather) 


Help please.

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 11:29

I find camellias are generally more tolerant of lime in the soil than azaleas, Pieris, rhododendrons etc.  in my neutral soil camelias do very well.  Aspect, quality of soil and moisture levels make a big difference too.

Re those white patches on your flowers greenspinnaker I wonder if mildew is a factor. Are leaves affected too?


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 22:06

Yes thank you Runnybeak.  A little bit better now. 

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