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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 16:34

Beautiful here.  Pretty hot. Grass cut, hebe salicifolia (alba ?) and euonymous areus (2) trimmed back to topiarised cones....all done in 30 mins.  Not lomg back and I do tend to rush like mad to finish before I start.  

Took my mum to her religious meeting....first time in months....in an effort to help "unconfuse" her.  All her friends there rushed to see her.  Think she enjoyed it all.  Personally I find all the handshakes and overwhelming friendliness well, overwhelming.  They mean well

Now my niece.....cannot say I'm her guardian now she's 20.....needs attention.  She is bright, beautiful, (every lad wants her) qualified as an accountant and heading for the heights yet she has a boyfriend who is an a.....e. (sorry folks ). He has no ambition, no people skills, is riddled with jealousy, constantly,sulks, she bales him out financially (as does his mother) and she sorts out his issues.  She rang to say they have split up.  Great news.  Except he will be back.  ..........phew!  Rant over 

Glad Bob got his rain.  Glad I've got sun 

Hostas/slugs

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:53

I grow several hostas in the ground and in pots.  ,so far they all look good.  Can post pictures.

I do the late night trawl with torch sometimes....well, quite often 

For  pots I use copper tape.  Discreet, hardly noticeable on terracotta and effective.

Bear in mind slugs and snails can still be in compost or soil and actually live within any copper ring or tape.

I deny some hostas from flowering ESP when growing for their foliage and this helps too.  Flowers attract slugs etc and spent flowers even more so.  Spent flowers also disfigure hosta leaves.

Dont give up on hostas Espee.  I reckon this is the year of the slug...that mld wet winter was perfect for slugs and snails and their breeding and survival.

 

Brambles, Ivy and Nettles

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:19

Momtbritia

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:17

Think you're right fairy     I guess it's happy everywhere 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:14

Sounds excellent Stscey.  Pennisetum villosum ...may be your very "fluffy" sort ..flowers soon and for ages then.  Love this one 

Are you finding this is a poor season?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:10

Hello Winniecat, another from Cornwall. I think the guys in England doubt we get so much sun and little rain 

Momtbritia

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:06

Don't think so Julie ......

Is it montbretia, the orange sort, or did you buy it as crocosmia?  Has it ever flowered?  If so what colour?

It will prob flower soon

It all grows everywhere but waterlogged sites.  

 

Heuchera - What variety is it and advice on looking after it

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:00

Morning rosiecupcakes.....love that name 

Heucheras will be fine in the shade of trees and shrubs.  The yellow varieties especially,

I know many grow Heucheras all together but I,think it creates monotony.  Also encourages vine weevils....they will have a field day there.  For me Heucheras mixed with other (different shaped) perennials (grasses too)  look so much better.

Re your raised bed.......if you have heavy soil then go for it but if you have reasonable drainage don't bother. Raised beds bring their own problems.........over fast drainage and pests like ants,  wood lice and slugs.  Better to concentrate on improving your soil 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 08:49

Beaus mum, if suspicious or concerned don't respond to this pm and domt give out your details 

 

Brambles, Ivy and Nettles

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 08:46

Not got half an acre let alone an acre like Smokin has but his post is exactly how I clear ground.  Cleared large areas on a friend's 6 acre plot.  It had brambles, ivy, nettles, bindweed, Coltsfoot , plus varieties of planted mint, comfrey etc  etc. (I actually removed large Leylandii,,sycamores and the like by hand ...where I got the strength  from I don't  know ....but the swearing, cursing and threats helped )

There is nothing like physically digging over land ...if you can.  Weedkillers are far more effective when the foliage is hacked back first.  

Yes, a regular bonfire on site and persistence.  I found a heavy duty lawn mower with blades set high very effective too.  Hacking back tall woody stuff first, raking back, adding to bon fire pile and usIng the mower.  Very, very satisfying to see the clearing ground 

So far an orchard, a veg plot, an ornamental garden, a greenhouse, pond, arches, seats, patio, shrubbery, etc have replaced the wilderness.  To come is the "quarry", an area that is huge, overgrown but totally sheltered from all winds.  Frost possibly a prob but I don't think so as the site overlooks St. Michael's Mount and the bay.  Exciting possibilities. 

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