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eirlys

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We love trees but find that they overshadow other plants in the garden and, because of dry conditions, we have to be choosy about what to place near them.

Uner our Blue Spruce my husband has planted Cyclamen and the tiny plants really are a picture at the moment. They take time to spread but seem to be holding their own and look quite fairy-like.

I am not the gardener here but I have found myself reading up about these little hardy plants. It seems grit placed around them helps in all sorts of ways, including providing some protection from slugs.

(Incidentally have you noticed how many slugs are around this year? Ours have discovered a way of getting into the cats’ shed and I find them eating the dried food. As a result we have big, FAT slugs!)

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Thats so pretty. Do you have bluebells and cowslips there for the spring? Our cat likes to eat outside all summer but the slugs this year are so bad that he has had to eat indoors.

17 Oct, 2012

 

I am so envious, I try every year to grow these but they simply do not come back again, I have one at the moment, another donation from my youngest who has lots in her garden, sigh........I have very fat frogs, lol...

17 Oct, 2012

 

i agree, its really pretty

sadly yes lots of big slugs here too!

17 Oct, 2012

 

I also love cyclamen. Are you growing the very hardy ones? Hederifolium/Neapolitan or coum are very hardy.
they do take time to grow and flower though.

thinking about it I dont think I have seen my white one. must go and investigate tomorrow.

17 Oct, 2012

 

Very pretty .....I really can imagine a fairy or two peeping out at me.

17 Oct, 2012

 

I love these. I like the spring flowering ones too. They're all very pretty ... They look like little stars lol

I've even had slugs eating my cacti this year. Would you believe they crawl over the sharp spines and eat the fleshy parts of the cactus, and also their flowers !

17 Oct, 2012

 

There are friends out there helping us. Did you know that when you see Seagulls following a ploughman's tractor across a field they are looking in the ground for Slugs ?

18 Oct, 2012

 

I think I can beat that, Hywel!

I have a miniature garden with a little stone house my husband built for me. When friends visited I thought the "garden" looked bare so to add colour I borrowed a miniature flower trough from my doll house.(plastic green leaves and pink "roses")

My friends liked the joke and I left the little window trough outside overnight.

When I went to retrieve it the next morning I found that something (!) had eaten the roses and munched the leaves down to tiny stubs!

18 Oct, 2012

 

Seaburn Girl: We have some named species, mainly from Ashwood Nurseries, near Kidderminster. As these were around £5 each we have bought quite a few cheapies at 99p each and, surprisingly, the latter are thriving.

18 Oct, 2012

 

Is that the nursery next to 'John's Garden' Eirlys?

18 Oct, 2012

 

Cyclamen love a mulch of pine needles. Maybe that will help get them established Lincslass

18 Oct, 2012

 

Yes, Stickitoffee. That's the one. The restaurant is well worth a visit also!

19 Oct, 2012

 

it certainly is! its not so far from me, i have been 2 or 3 times now, he has an incredible garden!

19 Oct, 2012

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