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Me Vs Slugs

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 19:47

Sorry Tetley,  it was sooooooo funny I thought it meeded a second airing 

your 15 mph is very generous too.  Prob more like a quarter of a mile an hour 


Posted: 01/07/2015 at 19:42

Fairy, took two takes to read your post...thought you said Verdun's NUDE driver !  The only nude driver I remember was my grand dad.! 

At my local gc this morning nobody there knew what salvia patens was!  neither the plant manager nor his assistant.  a well known national chain too.  That says it all for garden centres.  

dove, it really is a stunning plant but difficult.  it is a little brittle stemmed and needs to be more,than frost free over winter.  one reason I cut back....

Sunny from mid afternoon but a pleasant warm day throughout. Ground certainly drying out now though. 

The nursery I called in on today....not much more than a mile away....has superb plants of every kind.  Half the price of garden centres or even less.  

please help

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 19:26

Kris, simply too rich soil.  Sunflowers need poorer soil than that.  Guessing you watered very, very well......another mistake.  In sun?  They need much as possible.

Me Vs Slugs

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:39

Usain....u snail...bolt 

Plant id for Obxx

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:38

Looks like penstemon Huskers Red except leaves are a little green.  Has plant been growing in a greenhouse or in the shade Obelixx?  


Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:35

Not Bethellii is it Panda?

warm and bright but generally cloudy all day. Very pleasant really

rang local nursery to enquire about salvia guaranjuato.  yes, she had one.  £4.  Cut it back and took cuttings to ensure plants next year and re potted main plant into 5 litre pot.  It will grow away fast and flower by end of the month.  Pleased with that 

Designing a garden while keeping it classy and natural

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:30

Hmmm!  I do neat but not twee.  I like shapes of evergreens, like quality conifers, to be free of other plants.  I like a dahlia to be a dahlia too without a clematis or other perennial falling into it.  I like veronicasteums to show off theie architectural shape and I give every plant room to grow to its potential.  

But.....arranging plants in straight lines, colour co-ordinated annuals, every weed removed (I do dive in to get rid though), or plants staked as though they are in a strait not for me.

stripes lawns, clipped edges now and then, plants that wave and blow like bonariensis, geums, grasses, gauras, are fine.  And by autumn there is a more cottagey garden style.  It's nice then to "tidy" and to re-see the structure in the garden.

things that seed everywhere generally are not wanted.  

However, twee can be lovely.  As in topiary when done well and those expert with their annuals to produce sheer colour that makes me smile.  

ID please

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 16:17

Ecky thump!  Soon as I know one I'm beaten to first prize 

Me Vs Slugs

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 13:11

20 mph Tetley????? 

I think Usnail Bolt is the world champion 

Rockin Blueberry

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 13:08

Mpc compost is inadequate for blueberries I think. Your older bushes have simply filled out their rootballs So pretty stable.

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