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Posted: 12/08/2015 at 20:06

So not too bad then re your mum Dove?  Losing dentures seems part and parcel of care home behaviour happened regularly with my mum.  However, often it was the staff at fault.  Too easy to blame the residents.  mum "lost" her dentures, her spectacles, her hearing aid....all of which would affect her well being.  



Posted: 12/08/2015 at 17:59

Been a delightful day but a little muggy.  However all change tonight I think with some torremtial rain forecast 

on the plus side a rudbeckia planted today will enjoy the rain.  Got it next to a dwarf hot poker behind a tall billowy deschampsia and think it looks quite good


sambuccus racemosa

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 17:55

Not really...not long term B3

if you can get plenty of water holding material in the planting hole, water it well in summer and mulch it well you could grow it well.  

Can you plant something on the sunny side...a tall grass like miscanthus for example?  I do that with an acer and it works well 

Fox Mess

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 16:31

If it smells baaaaad it prob is foxes' Poo.

not a lot you can do Meomye to stop it.  Foxes can jump high walls.

I did once stop a fox though....he used to get onto my wall, about 7 or 8' high, from a lower point and walk along the top and jump then onto a tall hebe growing there  and climb down.  I nailed some wire...not  barbed.......jiust proud of the top of the wall making it hard for Mr Fox to walk there.  It seemed to do the trick.


Posted: 12/08/2015 at 16:24

I suggest spring pruning Lyn but I too do most pruning in autumn.  

Could June get a trampoline? 

geranium budworm

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 16:22

Never experienced these caterpillars on my pelargoniums and I grow quite a few. A spray of some sort is or chemical


Posted: 12/08/2015 at 16:19

Mel, if the carrot fly was there last year and you didnt rotate far enough away they will be ready and waiting over winter for next year's crop.  No mesh or barrier will stop them if they are already in your soil.

the answer, I think, is to use nematodes soon after germination AND to use fleece

Best spring onions

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 16:14

I prefer Guardsman LeifUK.  

White lisbon is fine if young but gets tough quickly In my opinion.


Posted: 12/08/2015 at 16:12

Agree but I prune also as the summer progresses, viz., I Cut off flowered stems back to shoots further back.  Its surprising how this reduces the bush during the growing season.  I have a tall variety.....prob about 12 to 15' from being cut back hard in early spring/late autumn.  I can easily reduce that height by 3' of more as summer passes this way.  

A bonus is that it will flower for longer.  

June, cutting back to 2' is fine if the stems aren't too thick or the bush too old.  You don't say how old your bush is.


Posted: 12/08/2015 at 13:03

They are likely to bolt though Lyn and taste baaaaaaad.  

You can transplant carrots early in the season if very small and not disturbed but, for sure, carrots best in the soil 

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