Pest Control

CIMG2144I checked over my efforts of yesterday this afternoon, and although the plants are a bit droopy the soil is still moist from the heavy watering and I have every confidence they will perk up again. Whilst thinking about watering I also made sure that my recent acquisitions were well-watered too, wondering if a location list might have been helpful! I have recently contacted both Crocus and Hayloft about plants that have not thrived – a rare occurrence for both companies but their customer service is excellent and they both responded immediately and positively to my emails, not even asking if the demise may have been due to neglect in the hot weather – keeping on top of exactly where my generous new planting has taken place this year has not always been easy!

CIMG2012Certainly thriving regardless of the weather is the bloomin’ yellow oxalis shown above, oxalis corniculata, which is prevalent in the rose garden – in the beds and in the cracks in the cobble paving. It’s easier to get out of the former but doesn’t take kindly to being teased out of the latter; nevertheless I collected a big bucketful today but won’t have seen the last of it. I was reading over the weekend that allowing it to flower is the worst possible thing you can do – be warned! On a prettier and more successful note I have been walking past this Sundaville and its neighbour for weeks without taking a photograph to show it off -it does get moved into the sitooterie over winter (where we have underfloor heating which I keep at 10°c – not that the inside air temperature would reach that) where both plants survive with the (very) occasional watering. The plentiful new shoots have been wrapped around the supports but I think they will just get bushier rather than taller – although I suppose they will have enjoyed (like many people) our relatively hot summer!

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8 Responses to Pest Control

  1. That Oxalis certainly is invasive. I rather stupidly planted it in an old garden – I spent years weeding it out! I bet it’s still there.
    Have you considered taking a wee picture of plants as you put them in the ground. I get something else in the shot for a marker. I don’t like leaving labels in the ground and will all the best intentions in the world, I never remembered where some things were. Now I can file the picture and refer if I need to.

    • Cathy says:

      And I am not unconvinced that I didn’t buy one in the first place too! That is SUCH a good idea about the photo – I do like my plants to be labelled but I have taken to keeping original labels in a folder as well in case the others fade or are damaged. I rather hope that in a year or two I might not be buying quite as many plants as it has been rather a post-retirement frenzy recently! ps will be up in Edinburgh in October for a an early family Christmas!

  2. Pauline says:

    Your Sundaville is beautiful, definitely worth cosseting over the winter! Its always a problem when planting at this time of year, I invariably forget where I have put some things and then they suffer!

  3. Lyn says:

    I love the colour of that ‘Sundaville’ Mandevilla! I also sometimes forget where I have planted new plants that need TLC. I do make note of every plant that goes in, but just listed under the garden bed or border, not the exact spot. If I’m lucky, I eventually come across a struggling little thing rather than a dead one.

    • Cathy says:

      I am now making sure I keep receipts and invoices and chase up plants that don’t thrive. I suppose if I had a teeny weeny garden it would all be a bit easier 😉

  4. Anna B says:

    I’m loving that sundaville too! Really stunning. Thanks for the tip about the oxalis, it is a menace!

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