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neighbours new fence and my dead plants

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 12:02

lollipop you need to ask what he used.  If its creosote ....who uses that now?......the fumes, especially during hot weather, will comtinue to harm many plants for a few months.  if he used a weedkiller it's likely to be the sort that works for several weeks if your plants are still suffering. 

A few choice words from me if he was my neighbour 


Posted: 14/06/2015 at 11:56

Morning Runny . Bountiful indeedy 

ideas for the corner

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 11:54

How about annuals there sofster?  

Annuals is not really my "thing" but you can still buy small plants at garden centres that will grow fast now.  If you have a nursery nearby or car boot/market nearbytake a look there..  Cosmos is very attractive, foliage and flowers, and a group of these will flower all summer long.  

i'm sure there are plenty here to advise you better than I can 


Posted: 14/06/2015 at 11:45

MrsGarden, look at this way....your planting is being well watered in.

really warm here.  Almost hot when sun peeps through, as its doing increasingly now

Moved japanese painted fern, planted out a large dahlia (flamenco)  and weeded veg patch.  Chickweed swamping everything.  Looks like a bumper crop of blueberries and peas to eat soon.

got some flowers on kniphofia lemon popsickle.  Looking good behind geranium Orion.  Geranium Hocus Pocus flowering in front of yellow dogwood.  

Summer is doing its stuff now folks 

Plants wilting :(

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 08:35

Hefty, well done.  As with many things in life your jacob's ladder was not as bad as first imagined 

neighbours new fence and my dead plants

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 08:32

You and your neighbour need to talk to the guy who sprayed his fence.  Clearly, this is exactly what has happened.....either the spray on his fence or he has used an "invasive" weedkiller.  Some weedkillers spread in the soil, many path clear treatments for example.

talk to him, explain the damage caused.  He may do this again...prob will.  If me, he would pay for the damage

Tall Verbena

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 08:27

Jo, use short canes.  Bonariensis stems are strong.  Staking the bottom 40 cm or so is all that is necessary.  I have a bonariensis about 5' tall and now flowering.  Because it is sheltered it is not staked at all.  

Poisonous Plants

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 08:23

Mica, you need to be more relaxed about the dangers you see in the garden, etc.  it is understandable,,totally, that you worry about your young son. However, he needs to know about these POSSIBLE dangers so educating him is the solution.  

Being anxious though will filter through to your son.  Anxiety can develop very quickly into other parts of your life too so ....ok, easier said than done...but try to recognise these "dangers" are all part of life. Your son will be just fine whatever your mother does or does not do. Dont forget she simply does as she always has done and you and her are just fine, aren't you?  

The garden and the countryside are safe, wonderful, healthy places to be Mica. Don't dwell on things that simply wont happen.  Relax. Enjoy your life. 


enjoy your 


Posted: 14/06/2015 at 08:06

Hello forkers.  

Weather sounds perfect for your big day Woody 

dry, warm, quiet, bright but cloudy morning.  Perfect for plants and us 

36 degrees Davids.......prob only be 18 or so here today

have good day folks 

Tall Verbena

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 07:45

Bonariensis grow very tall here.  

I cut them back/pinch out when 60 cm or so tall and then let them be.  I have several and flowering is not far off

Hefty, I would not pinch yours out now but in future years do this in early May.  If you are concerned about their sturdyness you could push short canes in to support those stems.  However, dont worry..your verbena will flower until the frosts.

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