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Posted: 24/03/2013 at 16:25
The best mulch for me is seaweed....used to get loads of it and use it on everything. Mushroom compost too....often got few tons of it...not for ericaceous plants though.
For hellebores, hostas, astilbes, astrantias etc I use concentrated manure mixed with garden compost
Bark chips seem to create hiding places for woodlice, slugs, and other nasties who love the crevices created by this form of mulch so I tend not to use it much now


Posted: 24/03/2013 at 14:13
Ha ha...not st moment

WEATHER this week

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 14:12
Did you say cornflakes Brumbull?


Posted: 24/03/2013 at 13:04
We have been very lucky with snow and freeing weather. In west of Cornwall we keep getting mild sw influences that have kept all that horrid stuff away from us this winter. Weatherman commented on this today. Generally it's been fairly mild winter. Not hot, not really very warm but it looks like spring down here

How invasive is Houttuynia Cordata Flame?

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 09:08
Linda. Houttynia is very invasive in the open ground. I would not plant it unless in a pot. I grow a variety called chameleon. Lovely multi coloured foliage, nice orangey scented leaves and flowers but a THUG. Mine is in a pot in the loves and needs water.....and foliage colour is much better in sun.
But if you plant it in the ground it will cause you problems. So, I would dig around where you had it can go quite deep and spread. Then watch the area during spring and summer and spray any shoots with glyphosate.

Sad Cyclamen

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 08:56
Check for vine weevils too. They are delicious in salads if you find any!

Californian Lilac

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 08:54
Hoya Roly, do you know the variety?
There are tall, short, medium,and spreading ones
It.makes a difference when deciding where to plant them but best in the ground. I think they prob prefer slightly acidic soil but I agree they will grow in neutral or alkaline soil too
Envious of your 22 degrees

Fork Handles

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 08:47
Morning folks
Tempted by a few hot pepper plugs yesterday even though it's really too early for them


Posted: 24/03/2013 at 08:34
Brumbull white feather looks wonderful. Will need to keep.out of direct summer sun I guess? How much shade? That double pot may actually encourage slugs ....they would love that hiding place between the two pots.
Growing next to purple,.orange or red Heuchera or in front of berberis atro nana it would look superb.
I want that hosta now ....I will need to cut back on my Cornish pasties though to get my,pennies together.


Posted: 24/03/2013 at 08:25
Morning Brumbull.....morning folks
Dry here and not too cold.
Won't sunbathe today

Discussions started by Verdun

Any other dodos out there?

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What's left for us to grow?

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Meany or being careful !

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Clocks go forward tonight

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Impressions of the posters here

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Why am I so special,to,the forum?

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Buddleia buzz doing the bizness

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Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

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Verdict....your new plants this year

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Gaillardias ......who grows 'em?

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It's my birthday

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They're bossing it now........

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Love your garden

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