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Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:10

Morning FORKERS.

Then put  your feet up MrsGarden.  You deserve it 

Will get some daffs in today and small groups of wallflowers....if I can find the space at moment. Lychnis coronaria alba has been a mass of grey and white all summer but I will show my appreciation by dumping it on the compost heap.  There will be some pieces I can pot up but a group of orange wallflowers will occupy the site for next 6 months.   And a poor variety of dahlia will likewise be dumped

Cloudy misty day.....very warm again.  Have nice Sunday everyone


I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 09:59

Won't grow,Sungold,tomatoes again. Not a patch on gardemers delight, skins cracked (normal for Sungold  apparently) and the taste was sickly sweet.  

Grew white lady beans....think I have had better varieties 

Grew monogerm Beetroot ......minimises thinning and been successful

Prob grow less, or even not grow at all, cosmos.  Have grown them for years but perennials give better value.  Grow more heleniums and cannas and add couple more grasses.  To discard plants that dont perform.....mainly varieties.  E.g. Couple of dahlias not good enough and will get rid of aster horizontallis (better varieties)

Grow more hot chillis.  

Good thread Dove 

Daddy long legs - a serious problem?

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 09:44

Exactly Swiss Sue. ,we are constantly bombarded about doing the "right thing" and enough is enough. 

I've just hosed out my someone going to tell me I'm disturbing the habitat of spiders thereby destroying the natural environment?

Be wary folks.......we will,soon be told we cant buy or grow many plants we currently have.....this is actually being discussed in Europe.   Some of our organic fertilisers are under scrutiny too.  Then there will be a frenzy about these things as well

Lets just encourage us enjoy our gardens and tone down the judgements

Plant suggestions for carpark border

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 22:20

Hiya blairs.  Thought about lavendar too but they didn't want that.  

Very large buddleia - can I prune it right back?

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 22:17

I prune exactly as the Dove does.  However, you can rarely kill a buddleia by pruning no matter how hard

Daddy long legs - a serious problem?

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 22:13

I've used lawn grub killer for,past 3 years.  Now have good healthy lawn.  Without it  my lawn was simply eaten to pieces.  My garden is a haven for bees, butterflies,,birds, etc etc.  My healthy lawn is better for the environment than sterile decking or concrete patios.  How many of you spray for ants on that patio?

More damage is done by growers of roses who spray every fortnight using insecticides and fungicides.  More damage is done by using slug pellets. More,damage,is done by air freshener or,hair sprays. More damage is done by the use,of,microwaves.....but I'm,not telling people not to,use them.  More damage is done by using gas, oil etc to heat our homes.  I'm,not telling anyone not to do this.  More damage is done by one person car drivers........think of the many of you actually offer regular transport to others to "save the planet".?

There is an awful lot of,hype,and propaganda and hysteria.....with very little proof.  Look, let's all just grow single, environment friendly plants......forget those new doubles and sterile (but majestic ) summer long, non seeding introductions.  Forget wanting to grow a,nice lush lawn because you are deemed (accused) to be destroying the planet.  

those advocating landscape membranes my mind these people are destroying the environment.  They create sterile soils, deny birds accessing food, and look...and are....terrible.  

I,have been growing organic food for years....been looking after my soil and my health for years.  I don't condemn others for using chemical fertilisers....that's their choice.

Lets not force people to act as we think they should do just because some scientists declare their theories are facts.  

We should all be allowed to enjoy our gardens as we see fit.  


Plant suggestions for carpark border

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 21:06

Yes, catmint is a perennial and easily,propagated

Gardeners world

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 20:26

Plant suggestions for carpark border

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 20:24


Hot amd sunny?  Not great for astrantias or,Heucheras.  There are some tall catmints.  They really are a superb summer all summer. I put a row in for a friend and it has been a great success.  Look, anything needs some attention/maintenance but for catmint....nepeta....this is minimal and simple.  Blue flowers to,the height of that wall would look sensational .  You could mix it up with hypericum.....yellow flowered shrubs.  You could add a Phormium like sundowner with red foliage or  yellow wave with yellow foliage...both evergreens. That's what I would plant there.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 20:14

Hiya bob, that sounds exciting.  Yep, want to see the pics.

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