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Latest posts by Verdun

Mystery bugs

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 16:50

I know them as geranium bugworm.....pest this hear.  Organic soap spray or systemic insecticide.  You can do 2 things....if you want to keep your flowers then spray thoroughly, esp UNDER the leaves or remove all foliage and spray whats left.  Growth and flowers will follow shortly.  You will need to spray again just before re-floweriing 


Posted: 02/07/2013 at 12:43

Oky doky woody.  Enjoy doing the dishes.   Have nice day

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 12:40

On local radio gardening prog someone planted hypericum calycinum in area where "nothing else would grow".  It has taken over now and running through her hedge and she has spent last couple of  years  trying to eradicate it.   Beware of invasive plants appearing benign and "pretty".  Suddenly they roar and show just why they are invasive.!!  

Talkback: Plant envy

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 12:34

Ginagibbs.  Roses aren't my favourite ....cos I can't grow them. Zephyrine drouhin though was wonderful over my archway.  The scent and masses of flower ....lovely to walk through.  Not a pale pink though but it is thornless 

As I said before my plant envy has to be for Meconopsis baileyii.   


Posted: 02/07/2013 at 12:30

Tina. Anthisan is supposed to be the best....contains antihistamine to control inflammation, etc.

Just imaging......the window cleaner at top of the ladder and you glaring daggers!

Feel lazy today Tina.....but got to go to,foodbank soon.  And it's raining. Hey, plants love it though


Tomato problems

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 12:23

Hello michael

Well, eating gooseberries, carrots, radishes, lettuce, Beetroot, spring onions, rhubarb.  And blueberries will be soon too. But, no peaches .....forgot to cover against peach leaf curl and it's affected fruit.  And runner beans?  Every year I would be picking pounds of them in June but they're only just starting to flower and only just reaching the top of the framework.   Worst spring ever for cold.  Eating loads of Cornish strawberries up the road.  No need to grow my own.  

Thats right, you can gloat later in the year when mine have gone.  It all balances out

Tomato problems

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 11:18

Tomato leaves do react to various minor changes and need no remedial action I think...although there are some tomato experts here so it's only my humble opinion.  However, I do look at the curling leaf and unfold to check a caterpillar etc is not lurking in there

Not far from trying my first toms of the year .....sign of summer.  Another sign is the heatwave coming at week' s end.   Yippee.....sorry, bit over excited!


Posted: 02/07/2013 at 11:05

Male or female categorically makes no difference to style or preferences of the gardener.  

An acquaintance of mine constantly referred to male or female "sides" whenever she spoke about people.  Used to drive me bonkers....bonkers I tell you!  If a bloke expressed sympathy or empathy, for example, it was his female side coming out" she said, as though it was essentially a female quality.

My garden is ordered in large parts......don't allow climbers into conifers or evergreens for example simply because the conifers/ evergreens would be spoiled when those climbers' season had gone. Is that a "male" attribute?  I also like some plants to "merge"....billowing geraniums around grasses or example.  Is that a "female" exclusive?   No, male and female doesn't determine a's simply what that "person" enjoys and nothing more complicated than that folks!


Posted: 02/07/2013 at 09:18

Nice post fidget.  I stir a bit......but it's just silly old me.  Good luck today

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 09:15

Well said dove....perfect advice

Sorry jontydoggle.....that's why I said "guy" cos I wasn't sure.  Can I suggest covering with fleece after you've resown. It keeps pests away, creates a "softer" climate for germination and  gives you  best chance of success.  Good luck

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