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Verbena bonariensis. Can it be moved?

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:49

I always dig up my flowered plants and chuck them out.  But, that's because I have plenty of seedlings that have grown.  Seedlings about 3 to 9" high can be carefully potted up.  I pInch them back and leave them outside but in cold areas you can take them inside a GH.  

Serious! Really

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:45

Lily.  Thats the idea.  "I've got a song that'll get on your nerves, get on your nerves, get on your nerves......".  Ha ha 

Raised bed and breeding my own slugs!!

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:41

Gotta like MACAVITYTHECAT's attitude.  It's great    Laid back, man!  


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:37

Evening dove.  Hmmmmm, yes will check everything tomorrow 

What to do with a Datura

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:34

KEF,, I checked again for curiosity sake.  Seems they have separated annual types from perennial types but the name has been applied both as datura and brugsmania.  It's not the end of the world and no real need to be too technical. For me, they are the same plant.  For me, the treatment would be the same whatever technical changes have been  made.  I would certainly recognise datura and a plant sold as brugsmania as looking the same 

However, garden debate is great.  Being right  or wrong personally is not important 

A picture too would help and what does the label say tansmum?  We will advise accurately when the label is revealed

What to do with a Datura

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:14

Just dId a check blairs.  Change of name but same plant. 

I grew it for a while, as said, but not a plant that suited me.  Daves garden does often get things  wrong I found.  

I wouldn't be offended if I was wrong.....I'm often corrected.  

New allotment overwintering

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:07

I'm against covering the ground with anything non organic.  Don't  like it.  Think it deprives the soil of life

I would...and do...cover with manure, compost etc.  I do it now.  Your pelleted chicken manure is a bit's more of a fertiliser really.  Agree with bob use that in spring.  

Black plastic does work though and if it's what you want to do it will keep weeds, ESP annual ones, in check.  And its cheap and easy

Wildlife gardening...hopes for the future

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 19:59

Jim. Agree with a few things.  Auntie E sounds lovely doesn't she?  Too young to be my auntie as I'm a decade younger.    Still an oldie tho!  There you are girls you got my age.  But I'm like Peter pan I'm told so I'm very young indeed.

Those Spanish bluebells, yes they are a awful and the wild primroses as cultivated plants now .....are far superior to those pretty polyanthus .  I do though have a pond, albeit a small one. 

However, I do like my plantsman's garden.....simply a garden with collected plants....even those that are sterile (maybe because they are sterile and dont seed everywhere and flower forever) 

 I need to find a bit more of a compromise though.  Don't want nettles or a "left to be wild " bit.  I get lots of bees, butterflies etc on my agastaches and the like.  I don't really spray too much, use slug pellets very sparingly and, in the growing season not at all, and don't use artificial fertilisers. 

So, I'm getting there.  Ahead of most but behind some! 


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 19:42

Lily, euonymous, acers ....if not too exposed.  Some of the green varieties colour up magnificently in autumn.  What about the Chinese sorbus.....can't recall the name at mo...?  Brilliant autumn colours and tough. not too hot on trees though.

I know what you mean about the sumach tree.  My neighbour's glows like an orange fireball, as does his other suckered shrub and......

Just returned with my dog from his walk on the's eerily magical out there. Ran up the steep bank....prob 400 top to see the sea, lighthouse and st Ives bay coast. my young sister's ashes are there so even in the dark its a solacing place fo be.   Puffed now.  Well, puffed when I got to,the top anyway 

It's been dry, some sunshine, windy and warm.  Got a collapsible bin full of cut down plant material and one border  is now almost fully planted, tidied and considered.  Managed to get another hellebore own .pink seedling that is delightful and too.  Should flower well in early spring.

Quite concerned about the winds forecast on Sunday night .  Cornwall is supposed to get the full force of it around midnight.  Just sense something a bit different coming!  


What to do with a Datura

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 18:31

Same plant, yes.  It grew huge for me in the garden and overwintered outside too.  It is toxic and big so I got rid of it.   White fly was a big issue too as well as other bugs.    Overwinter as KEF said But beware is poisonous.  Young children?  

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