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Best variety of your favourite plant

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:48

It's a difficult one but looking at my salvias I was thinking which is my favourite right now. Some are past their best so it's judgement time.......I have Amistad with long bright purple flowers on black centres still lookingfantastic.  Leucanthemum has lilac and white flowers on shrubs some 5' high amd this is a contender.  Then uliginosa blue spikes with white tips which will continue to flower for many weeks yet.   Then patens with pale blue or dark blue flowers.  I think Amistad takes the honours.

So, what is your favourite variety, right now, of your chosen group of plants, be it roses, dahlias, shrubs,  heleniums, etc.?



Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:33

Oops! Forgot.  Good morning FORKERS.

Very warm and humid here.  Looks like a great day to come.

Lucky you KEF having no vine weevils.  I have been vigilant over past few years and see much less damage now.  

Lawn Grubs

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:28

Great minds think alike dove!  

Lawn Grubs

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:26

Morning Caz

Two things.  You mention "lawn grubs" and "little mounds"

I think you may simply be talkIng about little mounds of soiI on the lawn....these are worm casts....worms coming to the surface of the lawn.  Just brush them off with a stiff broom. 

Or, you may be referring to leatherjackets......larvae of the crane fly/daddy long legs.  You can buy lawn grub killer to use right now.  Organically you can cover areas of the lawn with canvass or dark plastic.  Leave overnight.  Next morning these grubs can be seen so,pick them off and destroy.


Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:17

Hiya Stacey

Either is fine.  However think I would do it in very early spring before growth starts.  Heucheras often look tatty then anyway.  You likely will find Heucheras will easily divide when you dig them up.  Plant either whole or divided parts back to make bigger impact

For me, I will cut back my Heucheras now leaving no leaves at all and then water on vine weevil killer.  There is still time for them to regrow and look good for the winter

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 22:10

Stacey.....they are 5" long, purple red "things" with serrated "teeth" that are supposed to cause blisters if you touch them.  Usually they lie just below the surface of the soil and around the  rootball.  If you see your Heucheras wilting badly in the spring it will be because of these vine weevils or soil dragons, as we call them down here.  They sound scary but if you wear gloves,you will be fine. ,dispose of them in screw top jars. Hope I haven't "pushed you over the edge" Stacey but its best to be aware isn't it? Have you really never come across these weevils/ dragons before?  The nematodes you buy for them are even bigger...usually they come in a mesh box that you bury in the ground next to your infected plants.   I'm amazed at times how these weevils are not more widely publicised.....they are the main reason Im a bit wary of weeding in the spring

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 21:48

Well, since I know you lot aren't humouring me I have a lot more of those jokes you all like.......


Posted: 21/09/2013 at 20:50

Best cut back annually.  As hard as you like but spring is ideal.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 20:48

Stacey, know what you mean.  You will need a good supply of vine weevil killer or nematodes though.  Heucheras are number one target.  Or, you can dig up your plants now or in very early spring and wash off the soil, inspect the soil and replant. They recover in two or three weeks

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 20:44

Thanks dove.  You're not just humouring me now are you?   (do like these smilies now I can use them)

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