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Copper tape

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 07:35

Well tape is cheap and if attached discreetly under the rim of terracotta pots, for example, aren't noticeable

 However the Green Party and Europe have decided tape is infringing their .( slugs/snails) right to food supply and propose to ban it.  Can you believe that? 

Help identifying this little beauty

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 23:49

Sorry, little miss sunshine it hasn't printed 

Room 101

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 23:47

Wot you lot like?  That guy in the money supermarket ad is David Cameron

dahlia - in the shade?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 23:33

I believe dahlias came from cli afes much hotter than ours....Mexico?  May be wrong.  However they are not shade plants.  They love the sun. Janebal, I think they will not do well in your proposed site.

Copper tape

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 23:09

Yep I agree with that......I.e pond life to control slugs

copper rings made from old copper pipe work well. and cost nothing if you have old tubing around.

however, it has to be multiple actions including physically picking up slugs 


Posted: 15/04/2015 at 21:49


yes I bought Fire Island last year's hardly grown at all.  It was supplied by well known grower/supplier as a very small root.  I'm growing it (in a pot) in the shade this year could be partial shade or sun is too aggressive for it.  We will see 

This year I went to Sue Proctor hostas and they supply large....I mean large too....plants.  Perhaps from them Fire Island plans would have done better.  

Liberty and Auturn Frost are already forming nice size plants that I fully expect to continue to grow well this summer.

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 21:41

Hi Primrose.  

get them from Brookside nursery.  There are compact, vigorous and spreading varieties.  

It's a shame about the old busy lizzies.  They were so prolific,,so easy to propagate so cheap and, yes, perfect for shade.  

Verdun s sunpatients

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 21:33

When I saw the title of this thread I knew we were in for something special...

sunpatiens are available as plugs Primrose.  I'm not really an annuals guy but I have been quite excited about these plants.  They are supposed to spread 2 to 3 feet and flower anywhere.  I'vs got a few more coming...tomorrow I think.....from Brookside nursery. 







Posted: 15/04/2015 at 20:36

Hostas grow away quickly from division at this time of year. never lost a hosta.  They are tough plants.   I use a saw to cut hostas.  I think you will be just fine but water them really well.  Give them good compost though....not mpc.  I use john Innes mixed with dried manure.  Mpc would be ok if mixed with concentrated manure and sieved soil

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 20:11

You are right to be wary of Valerian shadoweaver.  Beautiful plant but it will take over your garden.  In nearby Newquay I came across someone who boasted about his low maintenance garden.  Later he bemoaned the fact he could not get rid of his "low maintenance plants" ,  Viz., valerian

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