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Lupin damage

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 16:23

I have a masterpiece lupin that has been damaged.  The top of the flower seems to have been eaten away.  No damage to the rest of the plant including the leaves.  I have lots of lupins in the garden and this seems to be the only one affected.  I cannot see any aphids or bugs.  The plant has a little bit of mildew but nothing to worry about.  I have attached a photo.  If you can zoom you may be able to see the damage


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 13:46

Afternoon all,  It's been raining heavily this morning but the sun is trying to come out now so may get some time in the garden this afternoon, have a few plants to put in before my trip tomorrow.

Managed a few errands this morning and I'm going to see mom this afternoon to see how her leg is.

Welcome back Dove, glad you had a good time.

Did another batch of juicing this morning,  hope the effort pays off with lots of energy. 

Thanks for the tip re Marchants, might try and fit it in to our schedule.


Posted: 10/06/2016 at 19:23

Evening all, Just had a really heavy rain shower so I wont have to water the garden tonight.

Nanna Duty today, took youngest grandaughter into town and we had a look round the shops to pass the time, cafe and sweet shop included.  Bought new shoes and a couple of tops for my trip to East Sussex, keeping fingers crossed for some decent weather.  Only two more sleeps.

gallery of shame

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 19:02

Evening all, Thank you so much for supporting my admission to the Gallery of Shame, I am deeply honoured and promise to strive to becoming ever more slothful.

I must humbly apologise for any colour co-ordination in my shed, it is mainly due to presents from my family. 

Regarding the lack of cobwebs, I must remember to photograph the window, you cant see out of it for the damn things, in fact my youngest grandaughter wont go anywhere near the shed as she's not keen on spiders.

I too developed my hatred of ironing at an early age, I used to iron for the family and polish on a Sunday morning.  I consoled myself with the fact that 'by the time I had a family of my own, we would all be wearing throwaway paper clothes' how wrong can you be.

What's this creature ?

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 19:25

I've just looked on google and they do look like some of the ladybird pupae on there.

Clematis mystery

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 19:15

That will look lovely with the yellow rose B3.

gallery of shame

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 18:19

Can I just say how much I love this thread.  I know I am not as worthy as some but I am desperately hoping that I will be allowed to join this esteemed club.  In addition to the following photos I freely admit that I cant remember the last time I ironed anything, and never in my life have I ironed bed sheets.

Entrance to leaking shed.

Managed to lean in and take a photo of the back of the shed.

area to the left of the wood shed.

Oh and I too found a dead mouse in the shed, it had drown in a bucket of water left to catch the drips from the roof.

Once found one in the bottom of the ironing basket in my old house, couldn't fathom what the smell was, proof indeed that I never iron.


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 17:25

I too love geums, I have Lady Stratheden, Fireball and Cosmopolitan.  I also have an orange one which I think is Borisii.

Lady Stratheden


Think this one is Borisii but not sure.

Haven't got a photo of Fireball, must take one.

Porous watering pipes

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 16:47

I use soaker hoses and have had them in place for 3 years now.  I don't take them in in the winter and have had no problem with them and I do live in a hard water area.  I don't know what to suggest.  Maybe you should try dropping the manufacturer an email.  They may have heard of this before and be able to offer you some advice.


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 16:32

Hi all, Thanks for all your kind comments re mum, must admit I am cross with the home and have made my views known. 

RB glad to hear that your son has been discharged and I hope the court process isn't as painful as the injury.

Following my healthy juicing this morning I walked into town to run some errands, whilst I was there I treated myself to a very healthy salad for lunch, so I'm feeling very virtuous It's a pity about the Thorntons chocolate bar I ate on the way home

Have spent the rest of the day in the garden, had a lot of deadheading to do, after the rain yesterday, the roses have gone mad so I gave them a feed and also planted a few things.

I've got a lot of crysanths starting to flower, this feels odd to me as I don't normally get them until the end of the summer.  I've given them a bit of a chelsea chop to hold them back.

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