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Oh eck

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 19:14

Apparently a great white shark is heading towards Cornwall.  

Its prob heard about our pasties but Cornish folk dont want to be on the menu


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 19:11

Yes, it's Provado or lily beetle.  Provado for me.  



Posted: 15/03/2014 at 19:09

KEF, yes  I have been a "bust" chap!  

Its been glorious here.  No gardening at all.  Well, potting on stuff into bigger pots. Getting cold now.  

Ecky thump......Ireland beat France so Emgland are runners up.  But Ireland deserved it....they wanted it so badly and played their hearts out.  


fast growing every green shrubs

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 13:43

Hiya Esther

You asked for evergreen shrubs but acers are not evergreen of course.

Evergreen shrubs like hebes amd escallonias provide flower too.  Eleagnus provide variegated evergreens with scented flowers.  Lonicera Baggesons gold is fairly quick, evergreen and colour from olive to bright yellow in summer. Pittosporum, like Garnetti, grow quickly with lovely foliage.  Berberis Darwinii is evergreen...I find it quick growimg.....and currently producing beautiful orange flowers.  Olearias, hollies (not as slow as rumoured) and mahonias.

Not evergreen but buddleias are very fast growing and provide a framework to hide behind too, depending on how hard ??ou cut it back.

Why not add tall grasses?  Ok, not much now but varieties like Calamagrostis make 6' folkage by late spring until winter.  Miscanthus will make 6' by mid summer and throughout winter.  


The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 11:58

Great believer in seaweed.  Think it is the very best soil and plant conditioner.

Used to get loads of fresh seaweed every year....tons of it. ,put on the soil in autumn it deters slugs, improves soil and by spring has rotted down enough to mix into the soil for veg preparation.  Used seaweed spray as a tonic on tomatoes, Beetroot, container plants, etc. etc.

Slightly alkaline so not to be used on ericaceous plants


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 11:52

Yes Tad.  

Any compost really but I would use John innes.  

Also, if the variety is blue I would use John innes ericaceous compost.  If the variety is red I use ordinary John innes....2 or 3

YOu don't say though how young your plants are...are they plants or cuttings?

Black Lace Elder

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 11:49

Hello pauline

Its simple for me.....I cut hard to the base of each stem every year. Do it now.

This Strange and Wonerful Weather System

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 08:38

Nice post Mike 


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 08:31

Hello louise

Were they properly hardened off plants?  Perhaps they were soft from being indoors...then they are susceptible to slugs.  Normally, hydrangeas are not unduly affected by slugs amd snails.



Posted: 15/03/2014 at 08:20

Lidls have some Camelias ...£9 99..I think.

Camelias can be pruned and kept to a compact size.  They are ideal for growing in pots too

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