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Posted: 19/05/2014 at 08:26

Not sunny so far.     For a change!  Feels warm though and is bright and hoping to see some sun.  Rain is forecast which will be good.........things drying out now so rain is welcome.

Slug patrol late last night.........caught a couple of slugs that were eating salvia patens.  One was particularly elusive as I chased it up the garden path.....boy, was it quick   First time I have seen the New Zealand Fast Slug so beware of this one folks 

Signs of lupin aphid on one plant too......will use soap spray to "nip it in the bud" 

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 08:11

Morning dannyson,  in Cornwall as well.  Best place to be 

Gigantea is a large grass......mine currently is approaching 6' and will add 2 or 3 ' more yet and has in excess of 20 flower stems.  So, make sure your grass is in a reasonaby big pot.  Can't you plant it in the open ground?

Will have to,checkout the origins of gigantea but nature chopping it down is ok in warmer climes but no grass likes being cut in cold season.  

Re potting on, it should be ok now to do that.  Any time until summer's end 

Pruning a Salix Flamingo

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:32

Don't prune too hard.  Is it a standard or bush?  Whatever, pruning is same, Viz., to get a nice bushy head.  Cut back all dead tips to healthy buds on each stem....I tend towards healthy buds lower down.  All dead twigs removed.  Easy really.  Then a good feed.  


Posted: 18/05/2014 at 08:44

Hiya Mike.  I thought you were a Jehovahs Witness when I started to read your post.

My own mother is a JW and I myself attended meetings over many years.....not now.  Took hee to the recent Memorial.  Witnesses call on me .....many are good friends but I have a bitterness about our creator that makes my feelIng for him difficult.  Two edged sword because my own mother and my deceased sister (dying at 32) had great faith that helped them a lot.

So, Mike, knowing the Winesses as I do I'm sure you are having good support there.

All the best Mike

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 08:35

I like Monty.  However, his style is not inspirational to most of us as what he does....what he can way beyond the reach of me anyway.  

The Beechgrove programme is far more encouraging, enjoyable, practical and helpful.  

Gardeners World has become boring and it's presentation predictable.  

Over  recent years 4, itv, etc......there have been garden programmes that were enjoyable amd imspirational.  GW is now a programme I can take or leave 

I think Monty should go now


Posted: 18/05/2014 at 08:27

Blooming' hot already this morning.  

My order from Plantify......never ordered from them before.....arrived yesterday, Saturday, which was a surprise.  Thought it would arrive on Momday.  Absolutely superb plants in 3 litre pots, foliage some 50 cm tall and perfectly packed.  Top, top quality.  Leucanthemum Broadway Lights planted out immediately .....their recipient sites were prepared......and they will add a splash of classy  white/creamy yellow flowers in that border.  Including delivery they were little more than the cost of one plant from my local GC, if I could have bought them there.  So this bed is now complete.  

Looks like the last of this scorching weather for a day or two....rain coming.  Just hope it's a temporary blip.  

Enjoy your day everybody 


Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 08:17

Almost fatal to cut down grass foliage in winter.  

I cut stipa foliage back.....all dead stems, etc., few inches above the March.    Comb out with fingers all debris in the base.

It could have been a coincidence .......over wet winter not good for grasses.....but your "pruning" is prob the cause of its demise 

When to plant out dahlias

Posted: 17/05/2014 at 07:18

So, dahlias quite popular then......

Liked them,  then hated them but now getting fond of them again.  

Met a guy once whose garden had nothing but dahlias .......a blaze of colour all summer.  All staked and growing tall. Autumn?  Nothing 


Posted: 17/05/2014 at 07:01

Wonderful day yesterday and will be as good today. 

Enjoy the weekend folks 


Posted: 17/05/2014 at 06:58

Good you're back Mike.  You've been missed here 

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