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Posted: 28/08/2013 at 19:42

Tomsk, just let them be now.  You think they are in an exposed position?  They don't like being battered!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 18:32

Hey, won today.  Runner up is same as being first today cos KEF didn't say good evening.  So....Good Evening FORKERS.

Been a cracking day......very hot again.  

Picked a load of beans,, carrots, toms, blueberries and rhubarb ( I know it's late but the rhubarb is HUGE and growing like mad)



Posted: 28/08/2013 at 18:28

Hiya James.

Have successfully used soap sprays but Provado ultimate bug killer or any systemic insecticide.would do.  ( not an advocate of spraying too much but it does save the lupins and only one spray seems to be effective)


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 18:24

Hjya tim 

Those nail.holes won't cause a problem.  Palms are corky and quite different to most trees, shrubs.  

They do naturally shed their bottom leaves and do so throughout the year.  Yours is simply getting taller.....looks green at the top

They grow everywhere down here.  If mine I would cut back a couple of those branches.....mid spring would be an ideal time.  New shoots would then grow at the cut points.  Then ...maybe a year later.....repeat on another branch or two.  

I'm currently doing something similar with a variegated cordyline that I allowed to grow,vigorously on a simgle trunk.  I notched points in the outer layer of the trunk to encourage new shoots that are now each about 2' long.  Next year they will be 3 or 4' and then I will cut back the single lomg....15'......trunk


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 18:11

Fidget, your dog sounds like he was a wonderful and smart cookie.  Mine, Spike, is 10 in a few days' time and knows how to get his own way by just staring dolefully at me.  Like yours fidget, spike is a character.  Would really miss him.

Wayward Philadelphus

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 18:04


Don't touch it.  Leave it until next year. It prob will flower then.  When it does come back to us and ask about the Pruning.  It is so easy.  Your mock orange is adjusting to being hacked about and doing what plants do......grow like mad when hard cut.  


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 17:26

They all dislike drying out,too much ...when they do they show they are unhappy. However, Little Carlow amd Frikartii Monch are very resistant to diseases


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 10:48

Gardening grannie

I first encountered lupin aphid years ago and take the precaution now of,spraying just before flower spikes form.  Seems to work very well.  Lupins are definitely worth growing.....such a unique flower.  This year a couple of mine are,now flowering for the THIRD time.

Matt, if your lupins are outside now and are of reasonable size they prob,will survive outside later.  It's just that,I,don't like to lose any plant if I can help it so I anticipate what may or may not thrive


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 10:39

Hiya smokin.  Lupins I divide in early summer are tough enough to stay outside over winter. However, I also buy lupins in 9cm pots in early spring from local garden centre and these are cosseted either in greenhouse or under fleece  as I find these can be susceptible to chill.  I pot on into 1 litre then 3 litre pots still protecting them under fleece for a few weeks then plant out in the garden in late spring as large plants 

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 08:35

Oh yes Susan.  Vine weevils are in the garden too......they love Heucheras, primulas, fuschias, etc.  I use nematodes or Provado in autumn and in spring. ,

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