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Non-flowering lupins

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 12:57

I would guess its snails.....or slugs.  Are the leaves being eaten at the moment?  Lupins flower quite easily and readily.  I would check next spring for these critters


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 12:54

I think using the Latin names is important.....we then get the exact plant we want.  We shouldn't be afraid of being seen as pompous.  

Re conifers.   Love them too.  Got quite a few and the well known albertiana conica is still a favourite with its lime green new foliage.  Taxus Coppershine though is fantastic right now.....almost orange foliage, rheingold has nothing on it.  Foliage changes from green and white, to increasingly coppery orange and finally to butter yellow in late summer.  It's wonderful next to pale yellow hellebores in the winter and blue frikartii monch soon.  Juniperus Sulphur Spray is lovely foliage amongst heathers and alongside pittosporum Tom thumb.  

Share the expressed fondness for hostas too......luckily I don't get them eaten and, so far, my luck is holding out again this year.  

Uncinia uncinia rubra was mentioned earlier somewhere.  I like this "grass".  It's nothing much right now but in winter it's excellent.  Again I have this,in front of a double white hellebore and it's a good looking winter scene.  Winter is just as important to me as any other season so I aim for as much colour as possible then from my perennials, etc

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 12:38

Hiya Swiss sue

Yes I know that happens sometimes.  I type too quickly on this iPad. I need to check my messages before posting I think.  Hope you're getting the sunshine...... think everybody will

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 11:32

Andy, well said.  Mind ??ou, the past is important too.  We all wish you well in your fight.  I guess we all need to take each day as it comes and appreciate things, and people, more


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 11:24

Morning everybody.


Been busy from early this morn.  Lovely day....getting HOT.  Dare I say it?  Summers here.

Its a rotten lie that I pinched those strawberries.  Those I bought ....were not those I pinch...........anyway, there's no proof. No cameras up.

Hope everyone is fine and enjoying the sumshine

pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 11:17

Hi....bit sheepish.  Meant to wait until grasses and perennials were out.  It's the grasses I think make my garden

Thanks though. BusyL. What I want is a garden your size.  


My poor lawn :(

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 00:49


Do you water your lawn?  

The areas where growth is poor?   There may well be little depth of soil there....tried spiking it to see how far you can push fork in?

Its too early for leatherjacket or chafer grub damage yet so it's water and feed.

If mine, I would water very well.  Then feed with a HIGH NITROGEN food.  Liquid or granules but generously.  If granules water in immediately 

The straw coloured grass is prob previously damaged urine damage, I think.  Or did you rake excessively hard?  Don't rake it at this time of the year.  High setting on the mower, regular mowing, Generous feeding and thorough watering.  Let us know  how it goes

Mystery bugs

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 00:27

Ok.  There sometimes is a choice.  Spray against caterpillars or lose your plants.  It really is as simple as that. Sprays of any kind, slug pellets too are a last resort often not used at all for me.  

Ok, you buy a new see it being attacked by slugs, caterpillars etc.  howmany of all honesty....would sit back and say its wildlife so it's fine.  Some people can't go out at night to pick off that slug or physically remove every caterpillar.  If you have a wildlife garden you don't mind these attacks.  If your garden is precious to you you will take care of it and protect it.  otherwise you do not have that precious garden

I only have to read some of the posts here to see questions and  concerns people have about pests ruining their plants.  They are not anti wildlife people and should not be labelled as such

I garden as organically as possible. Very few .sprays hardly any slug pellets.....currently not using any......or chemicals.  Organic fertilisers too.  However, many people are losing their geraniums at moment to bug worm.....I'm not.  I anticipated and sprayed.  I will have my geraniums flowering all season long.  No point acquiring that special variety if your attitude is let caterpillars enjoy their lunch on it.  We are. entitled to care for our plants the way we see fit without judgement.  


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 22:37

Joyce,  hello.

Epsom salts provide magnesium and more than that provide a good tonic to most plants my experience.  Used Epsom salts for few years to correct yellowing etc. however, lilies seem to build up much better if sprayed a few times with Epsom salts.  I tried an experiment few years back and plants performed much better if dosed with ES.  So too with tomatoes.  Seaweed spray too......good tonic and natural provider of trace elements.

Try it ....I think you will notice better growth.  Let us know how you get on Joyce.


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 20:43

Nice post Fairygirl.  Didnt need the magic to get my best wishes.  So you won't turn me into a frog now then ?

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