Here we are again. Another Saturday and another Six on Saturday.
I’m going to start with a couple of “recaps”; progress reports if you like.
I have a few large clumps of variegated hostas which I keep meaning to dig up and divide. For many years, thanks to a mixture of hedgehogs (still here), frogs and newts (definitely still here) and nematodes (applied regularly here), this clump has grown, flowered and returned to foliage, which I have eventually cut back, with little mollusc damage. This year……..
My theory is that although I’ve managed the nematode application in wet spells, the rapidly following dry spells have killed them off. Next year I may save the bucks and not buy nematodes; instead increasing the use of (organic) slug pellets which don’t seem to have any impact on my slug devouring garden companions.
Finally, this year’s total disaster. Sweet peas. I don’t know what’s gone wrong but all of my seed raised plants have sort of stayed in bed. I think I’d be exaggerating grossly if I said that I’d had a dozen flowers. A neighbour who is usually jealous of my display has, this year, exceeded all expectations and is probably expecting me to kneel in homage at the foot of his 2 metre tall and wide mass of colour. I checked the diary and was reminded that last year I had a similar experience. So time for a change I think. The posts of the south-facing fence are solid as rocks and the patio it borders is nicely sheltered on the other three sides so I’m going to attach some heavy duty support of some sort and grow Trachelospermum jasminoides to, I hope, provide summer scent when
drinking wine dining outdoors.
That’s my lot for this week. Why not pop over to our host, The Propagator’s blog where you’ll find links to other blogs that join in the Six-on-Saturday meme. See you next week (as long as nothing else goes wrong ……….. but that’s another story!)
2 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 2 September”
The weak link in nematodes is they don’t control snails who love hostas just as much as slugs. My experiment with copper strips has shown some extra protection, although some snails still managed to cross the defences.☹️
Sorry for delay in responding, Brian. I also use iron phosphate pellets and a regular jaunt around the garden with my little salt water bucket. But it’s generally slugs that I’ve been picking of the hosta remains. Copper doesn’t seem to work here. Maybe the Welsh molluscs are tougher!
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