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Hello :)

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 09:08

Hiya addict,

Im getting old, can't run the 100 metres anymore, volunteer a lot, care for old mum and "parent" to my niece, am passionate almost obsessive about plants and, like, Monty have a dog plodding around the garden. Am bit contentious, argumentative, dogged and to "stir" a bit!

  Garden in mild sw of Cornwall and grow a lot of tender plants.....cannas, salvias, etc. but not into exotic plants like agaves (too sharp) bananas (never seen one without its leaves shredded halfway during the growing season) .  Always trying new plants.  Lots,of hellebores, salvias, echinaceas, agastaches, and ornamental grasses (so under rated and under used).  Grow veg, fruit. and have small pool in a medium sized garden.  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 08:47

Can only advise from my own experience.  Winter May well kill lysimachia but if it doesnt a problem is likely to develop.  Nothing worse than trying to eradicate an invasive " weed" that you have put in yourself.

I still and then...with,plants I know to be invasive.  I reckon I can plant for the summer, dig up and pot up and plant out again next year.  Planted artemisia limelight cos,it was so attractive but a few weeks of growing caused 3 years of removing suckers.  Houttynia chameleon is another.  And euphorbia foreglow.  currently watching my Libertia goldfinger as some say it's invasive.  So far not found that to be true.

black fly and Green fly

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 08:37


Have you tried the soap sprays!  Based on fatty acids I think.

Black fly are easily removed between finger and thumb.  Often they are on the new growth tips so should be able to control them. On seedlings be more gentle though.

Are the seedlings edible crops?  If not you could use a systemic insecticide. and green fly are not really difficult to control.

Just a thought, but when you use your organic spray did you spray under the leaves, around the trays or pots and even under them?



Posted: 01/07/2013 at 08:28

Morning everybody.

Cloudy here...again.  Warm n muggy.  

Fairygirl, daughter 19 soon?   Congratulatioms. I can imagine 2 "Popeyes" wielding pick axes so I'm being respectful to you from now on....not scared, mind you!

No gardening today....except pick salad stuff later.  I'm growing corned beef too this year and that's ready now too


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 20:39

Hello athers100

Did you prune,your plant last summer?  If so you removed the flowering wood

Lush growth suggests good living.  You could apply potash feeds but I would leave it now to fend for itself.  It should flower next year

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:53

Dove those hardy gerberas really are hardy.....I've had a couple overwinter for two years.  Lovely thongs.

KEF, you mean you only ate SOME of that chocolate.  I woulot have eaten the lot. Those dwarf delphiniums are lovely.  They will still get,quite tall following year but I've had some delightful,colours this year. Share your fondness for blue plants....I have prob in excess of 20 different blue counting in my head and I prob have nearer 30.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:43


those artists still exist.  Nice memories then?

Oh yes!  The Maths dont add up, do they?  Ok,,your secret is out but who cares!  Lol

worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:39

Addict I quite like mowing.  Lovely smell and I like fresh stripes.  The lawn is the back cloth to,all,the plantIng....if lawn looks good the plants seem to too.

creating a new flower bed

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:29

Hiya trevor

I did a similar thing last year.  I had stacked turves from an old lawn, 2 compost heaps, and several,bags of compost.  I have the richest plantImg area now in the garden.  I,planted up hellebores, Heucheras, agastaches, dicentra kimg of hearts, miscanthus morning light, astrantia jumble hole, geraniums pink ice and Elke, convolvulous cneorum,Bowles golden grass, carex testacea, berberis atro nana, Acer dissectum garnet as well as regale lilies, allium purple sensation.  There are some mature plants bordering it too.

I list this because I too once had plans to make this an ericaceous bed for acid lovers. To try and make a lime/chalk bed Imto an acid one is nigh well impossible.  You will need to use sequestereen, ericaceous soil by the load, flowers of sulphur and goodness knows what else. ,and the plants still,won't look happy or thrive.  

Im happy with the bed I've made.  The plants  look happy and are,thriving.  It looks good.  

Trevor, at least consider not using acid loving plants there.  You can make something far better for much less (wasted) effort.....!!


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 19:17

Sounds lovely dove.

Its frustrating isn't it when we try so,hard to grow a particular plant but,we are jinxed every time.

(just pinched a big bag of haribo sweets as I check the forum.  They're really my niece's but she won't know..I'll get more tomorrow.  Trouble is I've now had enough of them but got to "finish off the evidence".  Oh well!  Have to get the job done.

Happy evening forkers

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