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Invasion!!!! Already frustrated!!!!

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 13:43

Well.  Welsh onion  beat me to it.  

Red dahlia, I know it's time, etc., but an old jar or container with salt and a little water and a torch is the only real solution. I do it and I'm a fairly busy so and so.

After dark, say 10 - 10 . 30, go out to your plants and pop the little blighters in your salt solution.  I think those little ones dont touch pellets amyway so picking them off is the way to go.  Also check under your pots.  

If you pick them off at this time of the year your young plants will have a chance to grow.  When they are bigger they resist slugs etc much better.

Or. Use nematodes.   Those sunken beer traps look awful and they are awful

slug and snail control

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 07:47


It stings a bit as I go for my daily early morning swim in it.  Lol

Any advise welcome

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 07:43

Have you tried ferns?  Some are evergreen.  Such a wide range of leaf colour, shape and size.  The variegated  periwinkle will do well there.....lovely blue flowers too.

Hydrangeas too?  

There are lots of plants...not evergreen...that will grow there to add to the mix

Talkback: Most hated plants

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 07:36


A recent thread about jap anemones and their invasiveness suggested they were almost impossible to eradicate.  Glyphosate worked well for me.  I think a dull day opposed to a sunny important for glyphosate. Too sunny/hot and the leaves seem not to absorb chemical properly.

slug and snail control

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 07:30

Torch and salt solution at night is very effective for me.  

Quick growing rhododendron or azalea - is there such a thing?

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 07:28


Yes you can overwater.  a neighbour has done just that over the winter.....dead plant.  ESP in pots or in the shade.

If a particular variety or colour is required it is worth considering paying a little bit more.  But, I agree morrisons, lidls etc provide fantastic value.  I have a couple of shrubs from Lidl and they have been excellent 

slug and snail control

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 07:15

I've built a 6' wall, put in a moat and scattered a whole packet of slug pellets around my lettuce.  No damage


Posted: 22/05/2013 at 07:10

Morni g everyone

Dull and overcast but supposed to brighten up

Cormwall did well at Chelsea.....we had a few gold medals yesterday

Chicky......purchases in your head don't cost you anything so get back to bed

Talkback: Most hated plants

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 01:22

Sorry but Aquilegias are big no for me..they seed everywhere and folage is awful.  Euphorbia fireglow is a rampant thug as are many of the artemisias.  

Spireas are quite nice if you go for yellow or orange folage colours otherwise they are boring.

Bindweed?  I love it.......or rather the well behaved cneorum and maritima

Long day today....just a quick check on forum before I visit the land of nod

July to first frost

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 01:09

Hello elliedaisey

Start off with our fav....verbena bonariensis.  Agastaches come in purple blues.  Salvias...tender and hardy....flower for most of that time. pink and white..scabious come in pink.  Aster frikartii monch is dark blue, so not purple.  Veronica's in white too.  Osteospermums in pinks and whites.  Anemone wild swan flowers forever.  Penstemons come in purple, white and pink.  Hardy geraniums like Wargrave pink, Kashmir white, Elke, and lots more.  Helianthemums, phlox, verbena Homestead purple, white and pink echinaceas, etc 

If you included tender perennials like argyranthemums and dahlias you would have quite a show

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