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May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 21:14

@Rob, Oh dear, your veg patch is soaking!

This rain might be good for the plants (my sedum are acting like giant sponges) but its no good for areas that us gardeners want to cultivate more intensely. The ground around my veg plot is a mudbath at the moment although I have managed to plant out red and white onions, lettuce, beetroot and leeks whilst my broad beans and french beans are waiting for nicer temperatures.

On the clematis side of things, I also have Miss Bateman, Josephine, Jackmanii, John Paul II, Alpina and montana Rubens. I'm hoping to increase variety over the next couple of years since they are such a joy and so easy to grow. I tend to buy the little pots or the half dead ones at the end of the season because I know they will come back next year. Apart from random purchases, my preferences would be Clematis Seiboldii, Ville de Lion, one called Will Goodman and a Bill Mackenzie.

Perennials not growing

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 20:59

If you mean Echinacea, then both these are certain slug dinner and probably needed some early protection until they are better established. Slugs can gnaw shoots down to stubs if you let them

I use heaps of grit as mulch and a sprinkle of pellets to kill off the first generation of slugs. From this point on, the wildlife will help you out

May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 19:23

Oh I have both those, although The President got neglected and this will be its first flowers for some years. I also took cuttings last year from all my Clematis, of which I have four successfully growing on but I will have to wait for flowers as well since the labels washed off!

Unknown beetle..

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 18:14

I'm certainly not suggesting any gardener should ignore a pest problem, but after gardening today and finding one of these in my soil, I realised that they are the same iridescent beetle I've been seeing for as long as I can remember. I grow a lot of lavender and have four Rosemary plants but have not yet suffered any infestation.

I shall be alert from now on, but I'm not about to bulldoze this beetle population until I am sure there is a problem.

Best of luck with your gardens.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 17:37

@Rob, tell us what varieties

@Geoff, we will miss your witty banter!

Forecast is clear and dry for the weekend here so I'm well happy.

tiny black bugs

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 15:05

Do you mean woodlice?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 11:29

@gardeningfantic, Wow you've been busy! I did a few annuals last year to fill gaps but this year I was hoping to leave gaps for excuses to buy more plants

I love your mini woodland! I especially love ferns for their vibrant colour, the shape of their crosiers in spring and the lush look they create in the summer with autumn shades to boot! I have four in my garden so far and hope to increase their number whenever possible (my local B&Q doesn't stock a huge range)

It's been extremely wet here again but warmer on the plus side! I took a turn around the garden this morning with some surprise, there seems to have been a bit of a boost to some plants with everything starting to lush up more!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 09:10

Raining in Kent.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 17:31

YAY. Thanks! I knew it began with a B, but that was all. It was driving me crazy

May In Your Garden

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 17:21

@Geoff. Geoff! Remind me what that Scottish gardening program is called, I forgot the name and can't find it in BBC search field!

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