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Posted: 11/07/2013 at 22:23

Well done dove for controlling those naughty children tonight.....gilly, fidget, and Berghill behave!    Ha ha


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 22:19


Pruning wont make your,plant any bigger next year.  I don't know how big your plant is  but I would prune back a little to cut off flowered wood, give it a feed and I would expect it to flower again with renewed energy.  Oh, never put yourself down by saying you aren't "clever".  We are all good at something I think and not so good at a lot of things

Such a lot of troubles on the forum just said earlier, it puts most of our issues in perspective.  Just hope everything works out well 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 19:29

GG sorry about your SIL.....serious situation and very worrying. We are all here to listen.

Tina ...wishing you all the very best

Mrs lips does do all white flowers, all red and red and white's the nature of the plant.  Pruning wont change that.  It's a microphylla type meaning its pretty hardy and tolerates heavy pruning.  Cut it to the ground if you want to.  Re the flower colour.....usually it's mid summer when it flowers red and white.  Down here they grow very big.....mine is 4' tall from cutting last autumn.  I prune hard every autumn 

My Blackcurrants taste like chicken

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 19:18

Never even considered eating blackcurramts raw.  They do taste like that Green fingered's normal.  Cook them.....stew them, put in a pie, etc and add clotted cream and they are delicious.  Gooseberries however..we all love them here sharp and green


Posted: 11/07/2013 at 13:53

Well, I think cormwall had the hottest weather in the country over past couple of,days and it's set to be very warm and dry for,the foreseeable future so Punkdoc, I,hope you enjoy our county.  You will never,be far from a beach,either so,perfect place in the heat.

Thoughts are with ??ou too Tina.

Been to foodbank and it was busy....and hot.  Will,pick,blackcurramts again today.....blackcurramt tart amd clotted cream, what better?

Helenium moerheim Beauty is opening now....loads of flowers threatening to explode ....but everywhere now new flowers are opening.  Even the coleus are sending up their blue flower spikes  Eying up the  blueberries too.  Will cover with a net in next day or so.  


Wot no carrots?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 13:34

Been eating carrots for few weeks now nd they are so sweet.  Better than sweets, etc.  and my dog loves em too.  

Carrots are easy if you cultivate a good depth of soil and it has good humous content.      Fresh manure or compost is not suitable,but the year after it has been applied is fine.  Clean, stone free, well drained friable soil,is perfect.  And a fleece cover at sowing time and until harvesting ensures good healthy carrots

vine weevil ambush

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 08:39

Yes, the adults you see are just nibbling your leaves.  The real damage is caused by the grubs in the soil before they become e those ugly weevils you see Now.  Peter your best action is to treat the soil with vine weevil killer in September or nematodes then.  Again in spring.  


Posted: 11/07/2013 at 08:35

Hiya Ross lady

Thats hardy type.  It's not a big root system salvia so it's usually easy to dig up.  It will grow better in your rose garden I,suspect.  I find these  salvias don't like it too,dry.  

Cur flowers off.  Slightly concerned ??ou haven't got root ball properly transplanted.  


Posted: 11/07/2013 at 08:30

Morning GG.  I know what you mean....very protective.....but I'm sure they will be fine


Posted: 11/07/2013 at 08:28

Morning Cheryl

Caterpillars....geranium bug devastating geraniums this year so you are not alone in experiencing this.

You can do three things.....try to find and pick off these critters which is near impossible.  Or spray with systemic insecticide or, best and most effective, cut back all foliage and then spray.  I have done the latter....I.e. cutting back hard before spraying. Depending on variety they will flower again very soon but at least will re-grow foliage in matter of days.  

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