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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 19:22

Plants look good folks.  Don't do hanging baskets now....too much work watering, dead-heading etc.


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 19:19

Got me fairy.   

I did read the posts.  It's just that pyracantha is so vicious.

Funny hollies?    Ho, ho, ho.  Ill....excuse that .........?

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 19:13

Evening folks

Been absolutely,glorious today.  Hot and luverly.  My grass needs cutting twice a week every week.  Doesnt take long but keeps it looking good.

Blackcurrant pie for me,every time.....with Cornish clotted cream, of course!

Going to check on the posts now before I take my dog out


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 12:45

This is a very nice thread.  Enjoying it


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 12:39

Dash it. We must stop that.

Are sterile plants any good for wildlife?

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 11:19

I have been growIng illumination pink all season. They flower continuously. ,they aren't the traditional foxgloves but mine are still flowering, look amazing and MAY be hardy....we will see. 

No.....I have no doubt.....illumination pink is not the cause of your bumble bees dying Christine.  If you are in any doubt then remove them now.

I grow myriads of plants.....I dont intentionally do it for wildlife but for me.  For plants I want in my garden.  However, I grow organically.  It's a healthy garden teeming with bees, butterflies, birds, hedgehogs, and numerous other critters. My garden is a haven for wildlife so I'm doing something right.  I have a feeling I do a lot more for wildlife than some of my neighbours do  who openly have untended, wild and unkempt plots and claim they are saving the planet

During my time on the forum it is clear most of us grow new. "sterile" plants as well as the old traditional favourites.   Our gardens don't have to be totally natives or bee friendly ones.  if you want to grow plants simply because they are beautiful that's absolutely fine.  I'm currently growing lots of agastaches....a more bee friendly, butterfly friendly group of plantstYou will struggle to find. 

There is an awful lot of frenzy and hype now and even panic about what we should be growing in our gardens.  Worry when there aren't worms in your soil or birds and bees are absent.  

There..Got that off my chest.  


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 09:00

Hmmmmm!  Not sure.  Genuine I think.  Not something to joke about


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 08:57

Oh, alrighty then!.........ha ha 

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 08:56

Very true kaycurtis.  I check the pots and roots as best I can but it's difficult without breaking up the rootball.  The new peat free composts seem to attract vine weevils.  Plants that are vulnerable.....for me....include Heucheras, primulas, fuschias and host plants seem to be euonymous.  I treat soil around both vulnerable and host plants twice a year


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 08:47

Morning all

Was damp last night but already bright and warm

Beechgrove was good last night....always a happy prog.  

Sounds like dove has got,her garden plan sorted.  Thought I would associate taraxicum with myosotis next spring

Another canna....Durban....has opened a flower.  Loads to come.

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