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Alice Tinker

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Rosebay willow herb

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 22:51

I am toying with the idea of introducing a cultivated Rosebay willow herb into my borders as I would really like to encourage elephant hawk moth caterpillas into our garden. 

I am aware that the cultivated plant is sterile and spreads by rhizomes quite vigorously , but I'm wondering how vigorously? Will it take over my garden? I'm currently fighting a losing battle with hedge woundwort which I stupidly let grow for the bees ( and is now taking stinks by the way!), and I don't want to make the same mistake Again.

does anyone else grow this in their gardens? 

Many thanks 

Mini pond

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 19:51

Mrs garden thats fantastic! Very creative. I will post pictures when we have completed ours 

Mini pond

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:27

another question- should I position it in the sun or shade? 

Mini pond

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:24

Oh wow that's definatley worth doing then! How exciting! I can't wait to get started, thanks everyone x 

Mini pond

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 09:24


I am keen to encourage more wildlife to our garden but a full size pond is out of the question as we live in a rented house. If I filled an old sink or something similar with water and aquatic plants, what sort of creatures could I expect To attract? My daughter is getting really interested in wildlife and i want to feed her enthusiasm 

many thanks 

Whitefly and aphid infestation

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:52

Ok thanks verdun. My greenhouse is a plastic one so it will have to be hot soapy water I suppose. Thanks for your help  

Whitefly and aphid infestation

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 21:19


yesterday I started to clear my greenhouse to find it is absolutely covered in whitefly and aphids. I was going to sow some seeds but now need to tackle this problem before I begin.

If I wash it all down with hot water and washing up liquid as well as my pots and tools, will this eradicate my aphid and whitefly infestation? I have never had this problem before so not sure how to proceed! 

Many thanks 




Posted: 28/04/2013 at 19:31

Thanks goldilocks. I think I will dig them out and Replant them vertically


Posted: 28/04/2013 at 18:04

I made the (bad) decision to move my bleeding heart plant today and left some long chunks of root behind. I have shoved the roots into a tray of compost horizontaly in the hope they will grow. The tray is very shallow.

Advice welcome

(I'm hoping my original plant is going to survive the move, fingers crossed) 

Ugly planter

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 22:34
It's huge! I am Normal size
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Discussions started by Alice Tinker

Rosebay willow herb

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Mini pond

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Last Post: 17/04/2014 at 11:33

Whitefly and aphid infestation

Advice needed 
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Last Post: 30/03/2014 at 22:52


Root cutting 
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Last Post: 28/04/2013 at 19:38

Ugly planter

Yucky pot needs hiding! 
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Last Post: 19/04/2013 at 22:41

Is it still too cold

Not enough light indoors for my seedlings... 
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Last Post: 17/04/2013 at 09:09

Some advice please

Cornflower, flax and ladybird poppies 
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Last Post: 09/04/2013 at 19:59


climber for shady wall 
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Last Post: 16/03/2013 at 17:16
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