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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 19:05

Tina, do you mean some sort of volunteering?  

I got into the Samaritans for selfish reasons I think.  My young sister died of cancer and I felt the need to be there for people who went through the roller coaster ride of dealing with terminal cancer.  But there were occasions when my experience was a help to others in similar circumstances. I've done the rounds now...from CAB to Victim Support and now to the foodbank.  . I'm not a "goody goody" just realise people need a hand up sometimes...we all do

Tina you sound like a caring sort so maybe an hour or so volunteering somewhere might be good for you????

sky high plants

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 18:55

Is there plenty of light.?  Plants will grow taller if they struggle to get to the light.  Are your plants close together?


best foliage perennial plant for the garden

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 18:49

Fidgetbones, far from an expert on coleus.  Always felt they said above..bit fake.  I bought them cos they hit me in the face with their beauty.  One with green, red n yellow and others with red and orange.  The green....a in a terracotta pot and the others planted out.

Matty, ludoviciana is one to beware of.  I bought one last summer knowing it would spread but thinking I could dig it up again at summer's end and just use it as a summer dot plant.  I was shocked at its energy to take over.  Matty best take it out

Heike, love red dragon and it's well behaved with me but I do watch it. Again, it benefits from regular summer pinching and I do not let it flower....this spoils the plant

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 18:39

Woody ...115 dahlias!  Wow!

Ive got more than last year and I think I'm beginning to get quite fond of them.  Ok, no structure but admit great colours.

Been lovely here today....sunny from first thing and still very warm.  

evening everybody.  

The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 18:35

At last a gardener with patience to train his tree properly and be prepared to wait for the fruit to come once the tree is ready to,provide it.

The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 17:41

Brummie spraying regularly with water is very effective.  

I had same issue with peaches and tomatoes in the gh.....the dreaded spider mite.  It was too late late year to salvage peach completely but this year I've sprayed with water early.

I have mite susceptible conifers that chemicals did not control.  Hosing down was and is the answer.

Ericacious lilies?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 17:32

In the driest sunniest part of my garden....where soil is poorest lilies get bigger and better every year.  They are gigantic.

For regale etc., I dig up and pot up.  I intend to pot up in ericaceous compost this year though because these are getting smaller and I think all this type prefer this compost

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 17:29

It's been a cracker here.  Not sure if other parts down here had it but it has been gloriously sunny and very warm...bit breezy but that's ok.  Cut lawns and tidied a bit

Hellebore followering in June??

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 17:27

Hellebores often flower in summer ESP if spring flowering stems are cut back promptly.  Just enjoy the bonus

tiny grub nestling in frothy saliva 'nest'!

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 10:40

agree with berghill...the odd few are ok but often they become many and weaken the plant.  the hose is the answer...they wont die just move away.  not really a friend to the gardener, are they?  If so Im ready to learn

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