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June in Your Garden!

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 18:17

Oh how delightful!

buried snails

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 17:46
diggingdoris wrote (see)

I bagged some up the other day and put them in the dustbin sack just before they were collected. Plenty of waste matter for them to get their teeth into up at the dump! I'm a softie at heart you see.

Well you are being kind if they can get out of the bag, otherwise its slow starvation and suffocation inside the bin liner

To be kind, I guillotine them really quick with my secateurs. Sacrebleu!

buried snails

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 16:53

Snails are both he and she, but need each other to make babies, attaching by a tube on their sides...nice ain't it

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 16:49

@Inkadog, really stunning!

No Ladybirds

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 09:31

I caught glimpses of ladybirds quite early in the year and rescued a larvae from my bathroom floor of all places, but none recently, although the black-fly is not a problem as yet.

I have plenty of bees in my garden, especially around the large flowering shrubs such as my Photinia davidii, they go nuts for that every year, although my parent's apple tree and their neighbour's has no apples this year, which they believe is because  there were no bees to pollinate it?

As for butterflies, I've only seen the the odd one so far this year, but I'm hoping to see more with the later flowering shrubs and perennials. 

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 15:26

Just returned from another day gardening for my parents, I moved a Clematis that my mum thought was dead, it wasn't, it's just being eaten alive, so hopefully it's new sunny location will get it flowering again.

I tidied the borders and then my mum told me that she wanted rid of her flag Iris and I could take the whole lot home, which I have to say was a task and a half! Now I have a huge bin bag full of the pieces sitting in my garden waiting for me to decide where to plant them (enough to make two established clumps if not more).

It's an ordinary yellow type, nothing fancy and whilst I would have prefered a frilly blue or purple version, yellow goes better in the colour schemes where there is spaces. Plus, a free plant is never to be sniffed at!  She wants some of my poppies and Sissyrinchium in return so it's a nice swap and I'll throw in some Alpine Phlox if my cuttings are successful.

But the best part of the day was eating fresh peas with my dad in his veg beds.  They tasted divine. Well done dad. xx

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 19:00

Summer's day in Kent.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 14:53

Oops, strawberries have been eaten already with lashings of special cream, whip 1 carton of double cream with two desert spoons of golden syrup.

Are Hostas really for shade?

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 22:29

Hostas can grow perfectly well in both sun and shade, although they need more moisture in sun. They make two kinds of leaf depending upon their situation, so if you move a hosta from shade into sun, the leaf-buds it made the previous year will be for shade, not sun and may result in leaf burn. It also depends on the species, but generally speaking, hostas with blue leaves dislike too much sunlight or just lose their colour and turn green in sun.

As already stated, hostas are principally grown for foliage, and some people cut off the flower spikes since some varieties will pretty much die back once flowered. (these tend to be the big ones) whilst other varieties will have a second growth spurt after flowering and make a new flush of leaves. (these tend to be the fast growing ones) although there are exceptions to these rules.

Flowers or not, sun or shade, they are worth growing however you like  enjoy!

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 20:21

I think ferns are an awesome suggestion made by yourself. You can get incredible specimens or make up a collection with some trailing maiden's hair?

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