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pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 12:56

That's interesting busyL.....thanks. So it survived it's first winter then?  I believe agastaches aren't long-lived but most things that flower profusely do give up after a couple of years.  I think agastaches need an early get that here.  Do you know the name of your pink variety?  


Posted: 19/07/2013 at 12:52

Matty, usually pruning philadelphus is easy.....just remove flowered stems back to new shoots on those stems.  As you prob know already.

Your bush hasn't flowered though so I would either cut out entirely, to the ground, about  a third of the old wood.  Or, cut back everything to the base but you may forfeit flowers next year......possibly!  If you prune now ??ou could get flowered wood by next June.  Cutting hard back now gives you a rejuvenated plant that wil enable you to prune properly in future years to provide annual flowers.

I would feed and water well too after cutting back.


Posted: 19/07/2013 at 08:36

Good morning everyone

Its been hot , sticky humid night.  Not known such heat down here like that for years.  hate to say it but it's actually too hot!

Had to answer most of the posts yesterday but I havent received my bonus yet!

The heat has meant the ....apparent....disappearance of slugs n snails.  Ants, caterpillars, etc though more obvious. Not on the metre here.....considered it last year.....but have been using lot of water lately on the garden.  Pay a lot....£1000 I'm getting my money's worth I guess. 

Re the plants.....grasses are loving this hot dry weather. Plumes are bigger & more colourful than I have ever known them. Things like Linums, gazanias, osteospermums, Mesembryanthemums, etc are stretching out to sunbathe.  They LOOK happy

Have healthy day folks



pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 08:22

Pennine, damnation to work eh?  Can't your bossss pay you to work in your garden?  It would be nice of them!

Andy, will check out your photo on desktop later.  This iPad doesnt always show pictures.  I think it's exciting....a tray of agastaches should mean quite a variety. I would grow some on over the winter in the GH too for next year.  

It will be interesting to see them in flower

Buddleja hanging its heads - is this normal?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 08:16

Anthony, it may flower this year.  I would expect it to flower within 3 years though from a cutting

Weeds and new mulch

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 08:14

Hiya chissie

Just a cautionary note.  Few years back I decided to use my mowings as a mulch in my veg patch.  Big mistake.  I still get grass weeds growing there despite the applications of other mulches since.  Grass mowings best on compost heap I think

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 23:57

He he he....I am aren't I?

Tomato plants

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 23:32

Just eaten first Sungold tomato....more coming now.and a promissing crop of,Shirley too.

Mine are in the greenhouse this heat I'm watering once a day.  In containers two or,three times  at the moment I should think. Also to keep foliage dry

Italophile is the expert on tomatoes though. 

Stag's Horn Sumach tree

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 23:23

Mrs G.  Just spray with super strength glyphosate

Holes in leaves of geranium Roseanne

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 23:20


Its caterpillars.  Geraniums have been attacked this year very badly

I suggest You  cut it hard back to the base and put those leaves in the bin.  Spray the bare base with soap spray or insecticide.  Your geranium will regrow,in couple of weeks and flower again within 4 weeks.

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