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Posted: 31/07/2013 at 22:43

That's scary.   We are all guinea pigs.  Always have been I guess

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 20:06

Planted out ??oung lettuce plants couple of days ago and I did ask for rain.  Some heavy rain recently but mostly misty and very warm.  That heat for tomorrow?  It looks like we won't get too much of it.  (mind you, our weather here on the coast is usually better than the forecast)


Posted: 31/07/2013 at 20:00

There used to be a glyphosate mix in a bottle with a brush built into the cap.  This was very effective.  

Isn't  nature fascinating?  In my friend's veg patch I planted a wigwam of runner beans for her.  Bindweed has "decided" to grow next to 3 of those bean plants.  The foliage is very similar.  I will disentangle bindweed and lay it to one side and spray it.  I expect some shoots later because the ground was dug and roots in the soil will grow. But, by summer's end bindweed will be "convulsed" (convolvulous....convulsed?) into being no more!........I'll get my coat

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 19:48

Mrs G.  It's a big plant.  Guess I could though.  I'll get rooted piece....will be small though....and post it to ??ou.  I used to get my grasses in very small 9 cm pots via the post and they grew very quickly from following spring. 

If you're not too sure what miscamthus variegatus looks like I will post a picture

Just pm me in September

Gardengirl you have to learn cake is not your cake.  


Posted: 31/07/2013 at 19:08

But keen.....can't sing!  Only in the shower....

And ??ou are asking for our money too now......I'm careful  about throwing coins around.

And you want my hat too. Haven't got one.  Got some old socks though.

Dont want to stir but Fairygirl made me say these things


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 19:01

Chicky you are cheeky.  You will love lucifer.....down here it has been flowerimg for a while now.  The colour is intense and eye catching.  I control it's size by regular division and sizeable splits will make great pot displays.  I have one group next to Acer Flamingo and another by miscanthus variegatus.  A third group is alongside agastache black addar. ,this agastache smells like liquorice, has blue spikes of flowers for months on 6' bushes.  Agastaches have citrus foliage too. Brush against them whilst weeding or walking amd the fragrance is fantastic.


Posted: 31/07/2013 at 18:51

This issue of bindweed is a regular one.  I find it a very easy weed to eradicate. It needs to be sprayed during the growimg season when it is at its most vigorous.  Best routine is to spray the initial rosettes in early spring. Then to spray any further shoots when seen.  To apply a third on shoots seen after this.  6 hours of dry weather, and cloudy weather is better than bright sunshine.  

There are many techniques....I have used most of them.  Wrapping tendrils around a bamboo cane and spraying the gathered foliage..  Carefully unwrapping from host plants and spraying foliage on the ground.  

I had a garden full of neighbours have it and it was suffocating my raspberries and other plants.  Not a trace remains. I'm currenly helping a friend clear her garden of bindweed with the same success.  I think it was Fairygirl who suggested Resolva is best brand and I think she is right.  That gel is not too good.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 18:27

fidget, the cost of each garden ...if we had it done...must be between £50,000 and £100,000 if you include usual labour

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 18:25

gardengirl.  well, I would have been first if I had posted sooner

talking of cake our local "famous" pasty shop today I purchased a huge cream, choc, nut etc teacake.  when I say huge I mean huge.  I explained it "wasnt for me" but my dribble betrayed me. I hate the thought they would think me greedy.  Oh, got pasties too...of course

been a warm misty day.  For some of my dahlias I practise the mid summer chop.  this reduces the height and makes a nice compact mound...i usually only do it to my purple foliage ones cutting prob one-third off the height....and the flowering is delayed by a week or two at most.....but it does improve both the appearance now and the flowering power



Posted: 31/07/2013 at 18:17

keen win!

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