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Posted: 17/05/2015 at 12:57

Shirley the best solition without side effects is hand picking.  At this time of year it's profitable to do this a couple of times a week.  you will find much less damage later in the season then.


Posted: 17/05/2015 at 12:53

Repairing window cills on garage.......nor as bad as I thought.  Done quickly actually......primer soon.  repairing damage early thus morning ar great speed, took dog quickly and drove quickly to b& q and had to wait for 45 minutes for them to open.  Frustating.  Had to get a burger to tide me over 

still nice and warm...if sun came out it would be hot again.

no noise from my unruly neighbour.  Shame.....I would have enjoyed dealing with him. Time yet

disappointed to find my guara lindheimerii corries gold has not grown this year.  I  had it for 5 years or more and every spring it shoots again.  Every year, apart from this, I have taken cuttings.  Ah well!  Que sera sera.....".( bit of cornish there)

How much water should I be watering Canna?

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 12:40

It does depend on the size of the canna and where it is.  Perki it sounds as though your's are quite small....?  

Compost should be moist at this  time of year.......dont let them dry out if your are using mpc.  

I have large cannas in large pots and even larger ones in the garden.  These have a lot of leaf to support, a lot of energy in these tubers so are watered well.  Small tubers will want less water

I would leave outside now.  And pot on as soon as roots are showing.  If staying in pots I,would use a john innes compost too.  The earlier growth is started the more likely they will flower.  Mine will start here around July

Cordlyline red sister

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 07:51

Some of these cordylines are not very robust. I grow one known as Torbay Red......lots of shared names....and a couple of lovely variegated ones that are pretty tough.  However, a pale pink just bleached for me.


Posted: 17/05/2015 at 07:48

morning folks

cloudy but warm.

will be confronting my neighbour today if he makes as much noise as he did yesterday.  It seems whenever the weather is good he decides to do a project.  Well, I will do a project on him today if............  His neighbour from behind him complained to me but not to is usual it seems.  I will be tactful and peaceable on this spiritual start with 

increasingly less soil to be seen now as plants are filling in.  I hate squeeazing plants in......I give them plenty of room to perform as individuals and its amazing how much better they are for that.  Most hostas, for example, are now a metre wide.

have good day everybody 



Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo) - does it do well?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:49

Lunar Jim, it meeds an acid soil. some moisture.  Some shelter.

it is not an easy plant, not remotely a bamboo and if its near your house it will probably be too dry and alkaline for it.

How about a yew?  Dark green, yellow and green varieties.  My favourite is standishii.  It is relatively slow growing, easily pruned, wonderful colouring from olive to bright yellow in summer and virtually indestructible in all soils not waterlogged.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:42

Winter, yes you may call me Lord.  People offen do....."good lord" they say " is that you."? 

Houttuynia cordata

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:38

In a pot in a pool it is superb.  In a pot with a saucer it is superb.  never give it a chance to get imto your soil

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 17:55

Fairy, think I have the same tiarella.....spring symphony?.  Have a couple but want more.  Last year I cut it back and it quickly flowered again.  Local gc doesnt have them so I guess it's online buying again in September.   Ha ha.  You've caught me out.  

Dont have a wisteria but mext door does and its part of my view.  Used to prune It for them but suggested now they get someone in.  

Really beautiful sunny day 

digging up St John's wort

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 17:47

Hypercicum calycinum.....hope I got that a pain.  Never a garden plant.  It is the roots you have to worry about Littledorie.  Not sure about seedlings.  

However, if its the shrub...hidcote,,for example, it shouldn't be a problem if the main roots are out.  i dug up a group of these that had been in place for several years.  No repeat growing anywhere

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