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Posted: 23/05/2014 at 07:48

Morning everyone. 

Dry for mo .......

Checked on plants that were eaten by slugs and they are recovering well.  

Visiting a friend taken into hospital a few days ago who had emergency colonoscopy.  So far she is far from well.  She is also a lupus sufferer with all,the associated issues that brings.  Life needs to,be taken day by day, doesn't it?


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 00:24

Re geum totally Tamgerine dreams and totally Tamgerine, I cannot see too much of a difference.  First plant was Dreams and others have been Totally Tamgerine.  Since they grow in different parts of the garden it's hard to distinguish but they both put out  those long wiry stems of lovely orange flowers.  Get whichever you can.  


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 19:27

Not a great day although fine and bright now.  

Anybody wanting a splash of orange in his/her garden check out geum Tangerine Dreams.  I have 5 clumps around the garden and they are providing superb "see through" delicate little orange flowers on wiry stems.  Been flowering for a month or more but last year flowered forever,,even during the winter.  They form large clumps, seem resistant to slugs, and lift the whole garden.  They complement blues, reds, yellows as well as green foliage. 

My mum enjoyed her day at Day Centre.  I thought they were places where old people were "dumped" and catered only for their existence.  HOw wrong was I?  Happy, lively, stimulating and embracing ....did my mum a power of good.  


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.!!!

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