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Posted: 03/11/2014 at 23:54

Genii for me too.  snowcap is hardy here and compact.  However, hardy fuschias grow  so abundantly down here and in the wild.  

For a friend I planted a delightful butter yellow foliage fuschia that is hardy. ,  More vigorous than genii ......I must grab a cutting or two.  Don't know its name though.

(buy your hardy fuschia now but best planted in spring now) 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 23:46

Ha ha. its a glorious looking.....and spiny....variegated yucca.    I think it has gloriosa in its name

Autumn Colour

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 23:44

In Cornwall autumn colour, esp near the coast, is not great.  Think it needs to be a little cooler and further inland. Envious of those wonderful colours 

Friend or foe

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 23:41

Not heard of rats eating grass.  I would use rat killer but follow the advice on the product.  

Carrot bed

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 23:39

Carrots want fine, deep free draining soil and feeding with a good organic fertiliser like fish blood and bone.  grown under fleece they will be safe from carrot fly.  However, they need a regular supply of water......I.e. They must not dry out and then watered.  carrots will split if dry, wet, dry and wet.  

Grew "crowbar" carrots few years back.  Deep holes filled with sieved soil mixed with mpc and granular fertiliser. Carrots were HUGE, tasty and impressive.  


Posted: 03/11/2014 at 23:29

Stinging nettles?  Washing hands in very hot water and dettol asap seems to work.  has to be done almost immediately.  

I will deliberately pull up stinging nettles rather than get gloves etc. I try to minimise the effect by squeezing the base of the stem and trying to pull that way thereby stinging only my fingers.  I often pre empt the sting by thinking it won't. 

I remember cultivating a cutting of a special agastache and being rather proud of its subsequent lush growth......leaves very similar.  Only when it began to fill the pot did I realise it was, yes you got it, a stinging nettle.  Luckily  I didnt put it to my face to smell its (aromatic) foliage. 

Loads more cutting back and wallflower planting today......putting in groups of 3 (same  colour) generally.   Always keep some dahlias in but dug some up today and divided  them.  And I labelled them right away ....have a habit of leaving this to later.  Cut lawns too.  The odd fleeting shower but plenty of sun too.....not a bad day 

Budlea Bush Pruning

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 08:34

Mine already cut back hard.  Buzz and standard varieties 


Posted: 03/11/2014 at 08:32

Cooler feel. Blue sky. No wind. Dry.........all for the moment . Temps forecast to be 6   overnight this week 

plant a few more wallflowers today, hopefully.  

Stacey & her chilli bits

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 23:29

Good to hear from Stacey again 

Convolvulus cneorum pruning.

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 23:25

Kev, you should consider fleecing it if you are in a cold area too.  

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