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What tree/shrub is this?

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 10:20

Pretty sure its beech. Hedge or tree like that growing anywhere near you? Like Dove said take it out! 

Is this correct ???

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 10:08

The name of the thread is Valerian officinalis  Hope he means this one its beautiful but tall!

Is this correct ???

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 00:54

Verdun he is asking about Valeriana officinalis.

Are you thinking of Centranthus commonly called Valerian?

What can I put in now?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 23:27

I wouldn't put Anemones in full sun. They will survive but not flourish. So something with reasonable height...any colour preference? The Rudbeckias as FG suggested or Echinacea with grasses between would work well and behind between those Verbena bonariensis. Towards the front Sedum spectabile depending on how large an area you have to fill.

Front lawn

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 22:33
Fairygirl wrote (see)

addict - I could make lots of rings then...and a few pots for good measure! 

Great description of doing a soil test addict- not heard it put like that before!

Oh dear lots of clay then FG.  I can't take credit for it. The RHS taught us. It was great fun going round the grounds and making mud rings lol and then onto the litmus testing...didn't want to mention that yet. When you are a novice gardener too much information can put you off gardening for life lol.

Is this correct ???

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 22:22

I grew these and even in a sheltered spot they needed support because they get quite floppy like delphiniums but so worth it if you can find a place because the smell is incredible. Do you have a cat btw?


Ants in plant pots

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 17:04

Put a piece of landscape fabric in the bottom. Water can get through but nasties can't crawl in the drainage holes 

Front lawn

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:33

Don't know why the writing is all blue and don't know how to change it!! 

Front lawn

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:29
inspiration123 wrote (see)

Since you're an the back we have paving slabs...but weeds grow between them ALL the time - they all have gaps between them.(very narrow gaps). any suggestions for closing those off?

 What Fairygirl said lol.


Re the soil...Pictures of what you have growing in the back would give an idea and/or try this....wet a handful of soil til pliable. Feels gritty? soapy? sticky? Roll it into a sausage. If it falls apart high sand/grit  content. If it makes a sausage pretty good soil. If you can bend it right round into a ring high clay content. Any visible sign of chalk? Stones? 


Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:14

I hate using any chemicals but in this case you have to....unless anyone else knows different....

A 96 year old lady I used to work for taught me....A systemic weedkiller, buy as big a container as you can get. Stuff as much bindweed into a jar as you can then pour, dont spray weedkiller into jar. Lay it on its side (so rain can't get in) on the ground and leave it until bindweed dead. Might take a couple of hits but it works and does the least damage to surrounding plants, wildlife as poss. 

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