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stem of yew tree partly buried?

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 13:08

It's not,a good idea to bury anything like that. On that slope your yew will prob be fine. Is there another way without mounding soil around your yew?  Post a picture?


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 13:04

Spot on Italophile.   Currently eating them like sweets.  Never wait until they are fully mature.....they don't last lomg enough here.

Nikki, it's just occurred to me that maybe you don't have a problem at all.  I think your carrots will grow.  They swell and grow very quickly now so keep,checking on them.  A week is a long time in the carrot world.  Bet you will be eating your carrots inside 2 weeks.  Let us know.  Mine are 2 to 3" and less than baby finger thickness.  Last week they were half that size.  Enjoy your carrots nikki


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 12:43


Lovely.  My type of garden too.

I love yellow foliage .....but, so far at least, have resisted the yellow tradescantia.  For me its too harsh..I considered it for foliage alone without flowers. Do you rate it as a foliage plant?   I have a variegated hemerocallis ....Name escapes me for moment........ with orange flowers.  It's the foliage though that's really striking.  For me here it's evergreen.  It stands near elymus magellanicus and berberis atro nana and soon frikartii monch will flower.  

Clearly you like to associate plants I do....and you do it brilliantly Keen.  I have over the years gathered some lovely plants but the issue for me is where to put them in association with my existing planting.  my current passion is agastaches coming into flower.....and will try to convince the forum to grow them.  

Browning on conifers

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 11:37

Good luck Sarah.....let us know how you get on.  

I have salvaged different plants over the years that were of sentimental value and seemingly departing from this world.  Hope you can save yours.

lampranthus plant

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 11:31

Never done seeds so sorry about that but many do,amd say they are easy. However, they strike extremely quickly from cuttings.  They are grown everywhere here. we still call them "mesems".....Mesembryanthemums.  When the sun shines they are out in their full glory

Hello :)

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 11:25

Pottie Pam.  I AM SO JEALOUS.

Cornwall too...good here isn't it?

What would I do with 8 acres?  Had a chance to buy smallholding once...a few acres with Greenhouses, polytunnels.....but couldn't agree over fine print at last moment.

Nearest now is when I help out a friend with nearly 6 acres.  I could really " go to town" with a few acres.  Never's often in my mind to do that.  

Hey!  Monty is my dad but he doesnt know about me yet.  


black fly and Green fly

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 09:14

Ok ging....avoid chemicals then.  

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?


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