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Eaten plants

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 03:56

Rachael - this is all that's left of my clematis Piilu.  This fellow and no doubt some friends have disposed of all of it and it was still going at it during the day when I took this pic.  Couldn't believe the audacity!


Posted: 14/06/2016 at 03:49

Thanks Lou12. I'll peruse the web content.


Posted: 12/06/2016 at 18:08

Lou - do  you have any photos of Monk's House?  I would love to see those.

happy gardening

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 18:05

B3, it was probably yourself I responded to the other day - I'm terrible at remembering names especially on such a well attended forum - about an umbrella for peonies and poppies.  I meant to put something over these but keep thinking 'ah the rain won't be quite so bad' - I'll leave it another day.  I probably will get around to it.

Bamboo lack of leaves

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 18:00

Joan - are they fairly new, as in a year or two or less?   Photo would be helpful as well as how long you've had them, which ones they are (if you had a label or know that), what size of pot and size of plant, what compost you have them in and your watering/feeding habits and where your pots are in terms of sunlight, shelter, wind etc.  They love moisture and too much drainage affecting drainage resulting in too much dryness can cause  problems but there are some bamboos which don't throw out new shoots or growth in the first year.  Could be any number of things depending on some of the above and other reasons. 

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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 17:48

Will be interested what those in the know respond to this Copperdog as it's something I've often forgotten to ask.  I only have a few Bergenia - Bressingham White and each year in early summer I take the scissors to the brown and yellowing leaves, snip off the faded browning flower stalks and clear up the mess around them and just leave them.  As I have so few, I'm thinking I ought to dig them up and place them farther apart to allow them perhaps more space to grow.  I'm not sure what else to do.  I ought to consult a book maybe but it would be better to hear from experienced folks on here if they have an annual routine which promotes new growth and keeps the plants healthy.  They flower beautifully in the Spring but after the chop mentioned above, I ignore them all summer - and every Spring I regret it as I feel I ought to have had more growth by doing something to assist them spread.

Newly,planted seeds

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 17:23

This is more a humorous response rather than a serious antidote to keeping cats at bay.  Did anyone see a video doing the rounds on Facebook in recent months.  I know a lot of these FB things are fakes - but there was one of the supposed response of cats to putting a cucumber near them.  They all jumped away from it.  Not knowing whether this was genuine or not a friend decided he would try this in his garden.  Being a smart fellow (!?) he bought a basket of plastic vegetables from a poundshop - which had a plastic cucumber in it.  (Stifle the laughter - especially if it's on the bawdy side!!!).  He claims that it worked ...but...let's say none of us have been around as witnesses to the event.  We had hoped he'd have bought a dozen real cucumbers - just to see if the tale resulted in having to buy new ones again and again.

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happy gardening

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 17:16

B3 I agree with you.  Rain is a pain.  We had a week of beautiful sun and my coral oriental poppies started opening on the first day of rain.  We are on day three of rain and I've had one poppy open for each day.  I have 10 buds on this one plant and as we're scheduled for rain for the next week - they are all going to get soaked and ruined if they keep opening at the rate of one a day.

Pic is day 3 today.  Fed up with this - although everything looks beautifully green and lush - even the struggling plant foliage looks good on a rainy day!


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 00:10

I also love the look of that Cosmopolitan Yviestevie.    Never seen it before.  It's lovely.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 23:15

Fif2 - thanks for the compliment but it took about 30 blurs before I found a blighter which settled for a few seconds.  I've been trying to photograph beasties and horrible things but believe me, I can take 20 shots at it to get one decent one - and usually it's by accident.  I have a problem with shaky hands and trying to photograph tiny things in macro is frustratingly difficult - and I trip over a lot not watching where I put my feet.  Fun exercise though.

Steve tGV:  your hedgehogs are great.  Just seeing them in real life and knowing they are in your garden is very special and a story in itself and it's great that you've shared them.  I'm new to the DSLR 'thing' - and I have to delete loads of stuff and just keep a few.  I'd rather have live hedgehogs in my life!

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