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Posted: 22/05/2014 at 19:18

Yes, you got it in one Nut.  Just a couple of quid. Think they are awful, actually, and they jar anywhere I want to put them.  Think I'll give them away.   Or maybe in a terracotta pot in the shade perhaps!  

Lupins - victim of slug attack

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 19:10

Heucheras seem fairly slug resistant. 

This year a delphinium, echinacea, leucanthemum, a couple of lupins  and a scabious have fallen victim to slug attack. All but the delphinium.....a true beauty for several years too....have recovered after clearing the slugs.  I think all will flower.  

For me,,this has been the worst year for slugs and I guess it's down to the wet, mild winter 


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 19:03

Popped into GC and impulsively purchased a couple of dahliettes.  Logic tells me they are pygmy versions of dahlias.  They are everything I don't really like.....dumpy,,shapeless and stunted but the colour is rich yellow. 

Who has grown dahliettes?  Not me before.  My feeling is they are built to be annuals but has anyone grown them reliably as perennials? Do they form tubers? 





Posted: 22/05/2014 at 08:51

Surprised your bonariensis is in flower Marion.  Most everything down here is early but I'm a long way from flowers right now.  Now ??ou mention it, it does look like Chelsea is short on bonariensis as well as allium purple sensation. and then

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 08:45

And plants, plants and more plants Scott ......ha ha 

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 08:43

Morning C.J.

I tend towards trying to produce the perfect plant, the perfect pool the perfect lawn etc.  Plants, for me, need to individually look good as well as with other good looking plants.   I always pinch out growth to produce sturdier growth, for example.  I do this too on foliage shrubs to produce continuing fresh new coloured foliage.  However,  sometimes though......well, offen......we can "fiddle" too much and plants, lawns, can suffer.  When I grew a fine leaves lawn few years back I fed it once a month on top of a spring granular ( used double the dose) feed and autumn feeds.  However, I think it produced soft grass.  I still add liquid feeds during the summer but just one or two during the summer and I think its just as good, prob a tad tougher.  Regular mowing is the key to good grass I think.  Mowing in different directions too.  Plus the occasional light raking to lift long grass stems prior to mowing and then

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 08:25

My feeling too about a feature dedicated just to the suggested.  For me that's the part I really long to see.  Carol Kleine is the plant commentator, it seems, so its her I look to her  this discussion about the plants. maybe tonight this will happen.!!!


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 08:10

Morning folks.  Wet here....warm tho.  Scorching yesterday, rain today....plants enjoying this 

Fairy, a few puns there.  Excellent to spice up the day.  What are you grafting?  

A delphinium, leucanthemum, echinacea and white scabious are now growing away after being eaten away to nothing by slugs.  Pellets did little to help so a few night calls to pick slugs off has sorted things.  

Taking my mum to day centre later.  She enjoyed her maiden......hey! Get it?  Maiden?......visit yesterday and met someone she grew up with  and lived next to as a child.  They were chatting away like women do.......oops!  I'll get my coat 

Pot or not

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 00:18

Astilbes can be drab or fantastic.  In good moist comditions.....I mulch with dried manure, feed well and water well and the results are taller full flower heads on lush looking foliage.  Many astilbes have lovely copper red foliage too to make sumptuous plants  for this time of year.  I admit to loving these plants.

Dont put astilbes in pots.  You will just get sad, sorry looking imposters of otherwise  beautiful plants.


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 00:10

It's been another scorcher today.    No rain or sign of it.

Popped into B & Q today to get some blue scabious.  Bought a couple last week so wanted more.  Sold out.  I scanned everywhere until I saw one on a rack looking slightly below par.  Asked to speak to guy in charge and, after a little haggling, got 2 ( yep, saw another on it's side) for £1.  Soaked both plants  in a bowl of water for an hour, trimmed spent flowers and planted out.  They now look superb, as good as those bought last week.  Delighted with my bargains.  

The rain yesterday and the sun today has pushed growth into overdrive.  

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