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Posted: 22/08/2013 at 18:50

Yep, fatsias are good focal points too.  And they are evergreen.  

Are sterile plants any good for wildlife?

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 18:45

Ragwort has taken over ..the cinnabar moth must be very happy. 

Although the old fashioned foxgloves are very beautiful they have long gone over.  My illumination pink is still flowering.  It flowered before the others too.  My neighbour grows some wonderful white varieties from seed and I will be receiving some soon.  I grow loads of plants ...many are "sterile" .....but bees, butterflies are abundant in my garden.  The soil is full of worms, etc. (no awful landscape fabric to prevent the birds feeding in the soil) and all in all I see a healthy environment here


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 18:34

Hiya mimi

Its caterpillars.  Geranium bug worm I think. They have been rife this year.  You need to cut all the leaves off and then spray.  Depending on the variety they should flower again in a few weeks.  Mime are now flowering again after this treatment a few weeks back

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 18:25

Ha ha.  Always like to break the rules Busy. ,

Today has been sooooooooooo HOT.  I reckon the hottest day of the year.  Even now it's hot.  Did I say it's been hot?

To spend half the day at the foodbank in this glorious weather was little frustrating.

Just noticed a problem,with a cotinus.  Looks like a wilt of some sort.  Will have to check it out.  Never had a problem with cotinus before so a new one on me. ,


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 18:19

Blackest I keep clothes way past their sell by date.  Five years ago my niece....then 14....decided to go through my wardrobe. .shirts, trousers, etc. all thrown into the passage way to be sorted.  Sweat formed as most everything was deemed " got to go" howevever, I agreed to put all these into bin bags only to be retrieved when she left.  They included an almost brand new shirt???   Mind you I did re-evaluate later and ditched some.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 08:28

I think dove needs to retire......poor thing, she has posted this morning on evening FORKERS.  But, it's ok dove.  You'll be ok..............ha ha


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 08:25

Chicky, I'm sure results will be fine.  It's always that worry of catastrophic results.

Good morning everyone.  

Its hot here already.  Warm last night too. lower lower sun seems to set off garden in a softer way.  

Foodbank soon...twice a week right now but once a week is enough really

Have good day everybody


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 00:01

Rosanna, plant some hellebores.  They are evergreen and flower from late winter to late spring.  Marvellous plants.  Add some mushroom compost if you can.  Go for helleborus orientallis type.  They come in colours from white to almost black amd as sIngle or double flowers.

Just an observation.....hydrangea's like moisture.  Sedums like it dry.  The former likes bit shade.  The latter likes full sun.  Maybe you can plant with this is mind?


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 23:55

David, bear in mind not to plant too deeply.  They hate their roots buried too deep.  You are right...they are shallow rooting. Don't overpot but your pot does look very small.  Rhodos have relatively small root systems so don't worry about that.  No, dont mix with sand.  Clearly too the plant is drowning.  In winter this will be fatal.  Are you watering a lot?  

I would repot with fresh compost and water in but then hold back on the watering.

Talkback: How to lift and divide day lilies

Posted: 21/08/2013 at 23:47

Huya jack,  well, at least get your day lilies in the ground if you can.  They should survive well enough too in the garage.  They are tough beasts

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