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Unexpected Guest!

What a Sunday this was!! I did not have a guest lined up but did not have to wait too long!  Sue from Ingrave popped in to pick up some leaflets!

As she walked in I could see she had been shopping and had a Clematis in her bag. I asked if she was a gardener and then had her sit down and tell us all about her garden! She was not phased in the least!!She's going to a regular now to the show listening for hot gardening tips! Well done Sue!

Question of the Week:

Is there anything I can do to make my avenue of Nepeta Six Hills Giant less attractive to the neighbourhood cats? My nepeta are well established but, this year, one particular cat seems to spend a lot of time rubbing against them, sitting on them and possibly even eating them as I seem to have lost one entire plant.


Andrew’s reply:

The common name for Nepeta is “Catmint” and I am not surprised that cats are attracted to it as it has an “effect” on some cats due to the narcotic and hallucinogenic substances contained in the plant’s leave’s and stem’s. Apparently not all cats are attracted to it but those who are can pass this on to their offspring!

There are many ways to “try” and get rid of cats, from adding tiger or lion dung to the soil or using gels, strips, rods or crystals that contain citronella, or sonic devices. One of the best ways to deter them has to be water dispensed from an automatic sprinkler because as we all know cats hate water! The sprinkler works on a similar system to a security light. The sensor detects motion and lets out an instant jet of water. This can be adjusted to cover just one plant or many.

Good luck!

Cat deterrents are available from:-

Jones and Son


Plant of the Week
Cyperus alternifolius or umbrella grass
is a rush-like aquatic with foliage arranged on stems like the ribs of an umbrella!
Cyperus grow well outside in the UK and in trials have grown to approx 80cm tall clump in 1 season giving plenty of water!
Planting next to or in a pond is the ideal condition, however we have grown these in poorly drained soil and watered regularly with success.
In milder areas of the UK, Cyperus may be left outside overwinter but in more harsh areas bring them inside for winter.
You can easily divide Cyperus stems in early autumn to produce more plants for the spring. Or but taking cutting and putting in water.
Can be grown indoors all year round in a pot and kept well watered.
As mentioned on the show this plant is so easy to propagate. Just cut off a stem and turn upside in water! It will root a a week or so then pot it up. Anyone who wants one of these plants FREE can send a stamped self addressed to the studio!
 Happy Gardening ........................

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