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I was halfway through this blog last night when I realised the rain had stopped so I went out to see if I could catch any slugs and snails I knew were out there, judging by the state of the foliage on some of the plants!

With my gloved hand, I picked up no less than twenty three. Some were slithering across the wet lawn, others were on the patio and three snails were slowly climbing up the stems of the Hollyhocks.

Whilst performing this revolting task, I disturbed a couple of small frogs hiding in the borders and told them they really must earn their keep and work harder at devouring the slugs!

The brown bin now has extras in it, plenty of foliage in there for them to devour until collection in a week.

Here are some pics from my garden, the blue sky ones were taken over the weekend, the grey ones yesterday.

There is very little in here of any interest to the beasties

The Hollyhocks are a welcome sight, especially against a blue sky.

Sad to say the aforementioned snails love the leaves on the Hollyhocks, but at least I know the three I picked off last night have had their last taste of them!

This part of the middle border seems to be holding up against attack from them, but I did find two huge orange bellied slugs hiding under the cover of a Geranium. I guess I should be grateful they don’t eat the lovely Geranium foliage.

These Cosmos and Gladiolus are ‘bug free’ at the moment.

The seed sown of ornamental grass ’Bunny Tails ’was disappointing and resulted in only five plants thriving. I obviously did something wrong as there were fifteen seeds in the pack, but I shouldn’t complain as there are plenty ‘Bunny Tails’ on this one plant!

Another success for me, and not the beasties, is the Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’ which was planted in April this year. It really stands out against the Ligustrum ‘Lemon and Lime’ (Privet) and is an idea ‘stolen’ following a visit to Dottydaisy’s garden last year.

This Acer was moved from the other side of the garden when the little pond was built, but I wasn’t happy to move it. I should eat my words now as it’s really thriving in this East facing border.

In the greenhouse there are Tomatoes ‘Shirley’ variety, some bell peppers, whose leaves are being nibbled by bugs and the Borage sown from the seed sent by Gee19 is really taking off now!

These are cuttings of Hebes, Photinia, Privet, Escallonia and Pyracantha which, fingers crossed, will thrive and eventually be planted in our daughter’s garden in years to come.

I have yet to take cuttings of this pink Lacecap Hydrangea, but daughter likes it very much, so I had better give it a go!

Here is a Honeysuckle growing through a piece of wall art. An idea of OH, not too sure if the Honeysuckle will grow way too big though, time will tell.

Finally, the vine is flourishing this year, but the amount of pips in the Grapes means they are ornamental for us, but the birds will feast on them in the Autumn.

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Lovely garden, Shirley. Most of all I like your lacecap Hydrangea :)

14 Aug, 2012

 

Your garden is looking good Shirley, I love the honeysuckle around that wall plaque its beautiful and your Acer does look happy there in its new home. Think we all have many slugs/snails this year , the little b's have had a field day in my garden!!

14 Aug, 2012

 

All lovely Shirley. Love the wall art with the honeysuckle - what a novel idea!!

14 Aug, 2012

 

Lovely Blog,Shirley,and great pics..I really like the Honeysuckle growing through that wall art..and so many cuttings ...you have been a busy girl ! I think you have done really well with your garden this year,considering...keep it up ! :o)x

14 Aug, 2012

 

Lovely blog. Really like that Bunny Tail!
Well done with the slugs, green/brown bin..good idea! My Hollyhocks have been decimated!

14 Aug, 2012

 

You have really worked hard Shirley keeping your garden so neat and tidy, especially when your health wasn't to good earlier in the year, lts looking great and flourishing despite the Sluggies! I have also been doing a nitghly slug patrol a little gruesome but satisfying when you count your catch a few less to gobble up your lovely plants! I love the idea of the Honeysuckle growing through the art work and the flower bed with the birdbath is so pretty, its a credit to you ;0)

14 Aug, 2012

 

It's a beautiful trellis :)

14 Aug, 2012

 

Thanks Katarina, if I have any success with the cuttings of the Lacecap I will let you know ... :o)

Grandmage, I really was dubious that the Acer would take to being moved ... so pleased it made it ... I did another SAS reccie this evening and dispatched a few more to the bin ... wouldn't be surprised if the brown bin is moving now ... lol!

Thankyou Sandra, I haven't done half as much in the garden this year, for obvious reasons, but have kept on top of dead-heading and light pruning ... :o)

Lulu, I think the 'Bunny Tail' grass comes true from seed ... I shall try to collect some later ... some for you and some for me ... lol! By the way, did that purple Hebe cutting thrive for you? ... Mine is a little shrub now, about 2ft. tall ... :o)

Many thanks, Carole, I think that raised bed more or less takes care of itself in August ... I just have to keep an eye out for any Bindweed coming through from next door ... grrr! ... :o(

14 Aug, 2012

 

Its all beautiful - felt a big smile appear at the hollyhock under the blue sky. Every minute of sunshine is appreciated this year!

14 Aug, 2012

 

Beautiful!

14 Aug, 2012

 

Lovely blog, Shirley. I really like the honeysuckle growing through the wall art - clever idea. Those first two pics are great and I love the Bunny tails and the vine. Shame you can't enjoy the grapes yourselves but they'll be a nice treat for the birds.

14 Aug, 2012

 

It all looks lovely Shirley, I like the wall art and your acer is loving its new home, we have matching Hollyhocks, lol, mind you if I catch the blighter responsible it will not be making it into the bin, I`ll be turning it into crazy paving...

14 Aug, 2012

 

Cracking garden Shirley - I do like that metal art ! Wanted something like this for my fence. The first picture is so healthy and vibrant colours - wonderful plants and planting :-))))))))))))

15 Aug, 2012

 

Lovely healthy-looking garden Shirley. Nice planting.:o)

15 Aug, 2012

 

Lol Shirley, I would never buy our councils compost which is the result of what we re-cycle Lol, because we all know what has gone into it!!

15 Aug, 2012

 

:( Shirley...I put it safely in the greenhouse for the winter and even that was too cold for it!

15 Aug, 2012

 

Loving all your photos Shirley, but my favourites are the bunny tails, the grapes and the semi-circular border. You have a good point about the cosmos...slugs don't seem to like em! Always a bonus! I've had two whole cartons of 'organic' pellets on my ground this year, but it's been hopeless....just so many of the little blighters and far too much rain to get on top of the problem......oh well.....Ligularia leaves full of holes. Hostas not 'too' bad though....still growing the blue ones mainly which they don't seem to like as much.

15 Aug, 2012

 

All my Cosmos were noshed this year, I did not get one out of about 25 seedlings that I planted!! Lol. Also my blue Hosta is shredded, I am fed up with these little b's :(

15 Aug, 2012

 

Your garden is so lovely Shirley , especially that mixed border and the lace cap hydrangea. Good luck with your cuttings of that. At least the snails leave the hollyhock flowers alone! My cosmos haven't been touched at all but all my hostas have gone.One minute they were a lace curtain and next time I looked they had totally gone. I also had a ligularia which I nurtured in a pot, put it in the border and now thats gone! At least while they are at these, they're leaving something else alone!

15 Aug, 2012

 

blimey Rose! At least I still have 'some' Ligularia left...yours must be a lot worse than even mine. Perhaps those organic pellets did do some good after all! :)

15 Aug, 2012

 

What can I say that hasn't been said already - all looking great. I gather the slugs with a set of kitchen tongs and a bucket of very salty water - I don't think I could bring myself to go near them with a gloved hand - they give me the heebie geebies!!
You have some lovely combinations going on there - especially the Sambucus and Privet - very nice indeed!!
thanks for sharing your lovely pictures :)

16 Aug, 2012

 

Shirley, you have been a busy girl! Great blog and photos. Your tomato photo reminded me of three characters from The Beezer comic from when I was a kid. Pop, Dick and Harry . . . take a look at this link and see if you agree

http://ukcomics.wikia.com/wiki/Pop,_Dick_and_Harry

20 Aug, 2012

 

Ha ha, Muddy ... there is a certain likeness ... think it must be the hair ... :o)

20 Aug, 2012

 

What a lovely garden you have . I love the lace cap hydrangea and the honeysuckle. The black lace really stands out against the privet....beautiful garden.

22 Aug, 2012

 

Thanks, Hb, garden isn't up to scratch this year, for obvious reasons, but that raised bed is pretty easy to maintain ... :o)

22 Aug, 2012

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