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ID on Weed/Plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 12:17

ahah makes sense, i can blame the dogs for bringing it in then! Thinking about it if it's those large sticky ball things we do have a fair few of those around here.


Found this "

 If it gets into gardens it can be very hard to eradicated, for the many seeds that it sheds will take root next year. It grows quickly. The burrs are held far apart ready to catch on anything passing, such as walkers clothing.

The roots have a clove-like odour and are used to flavour the green-coloured liqueur Benedictine and some ales."


Although the thought of making beer or benedictine appeals i think i'll get shot before it sets seed lol..

ID on Weed/Plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 11:08

close up of leaf and flower buds


ID on Weed/Plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 11:06

try again as the pic seemed to be bugged


ID on Weed/Plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 11:02

Any ideas on what this is (the one in the centre to the left of the heuchara and to the south of the hebe. Must have seeded from somewhere around (we're surrounded by fields/woods).


verbena bonariensis

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 10:33

I've only managed to get 5 plants from all the seeds i've sown, like yours they are small but they grew well last week when it was warm.. not so much this week as it's turned to october again  

I'll be taking cuttings this year as i found seeds a pain for these, too fussy and ages to germinate. 


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 10:27

don't your drippers allow for different delivery amounts? I'm just in the process of setting up my timer, want to run it for a month before i go on holiday in july to optimise it. Mine can set any time i want, and each dripper has it's own control. I'm also going to be dripping into reservours rather than near the plant to allow for even slower delivery.

Hardy Tropical or Mediterranean Plants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:38

To be fair he didn't say he wanted tropical plants, he said he wanted to give his garden a more tropical/holiday feel. The two are very different, clearly he's not going to build the eden project in his back garden, but there are many tropical looking plants which are hardy and will give the feel he's looking for.

Hardy Tropical or Mediterranean Plants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 13:33

I always think crocosmia and kniphofia together give a very tropical look, it what are very hardy plants. 

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 10:05

One thing i've noticed having just done my growbags, is that growbag compost seems to be much better than the multipurpose stuff, and it's actually a similar price, although there never seems to be multibuy offers on it. The original 33l levington growbags were 2.49, compared to most multi purposes at 60l at around 5-6 quid, although you usually get a 3rd free if buying two. But as has been said the quality of the multipurposes is generally terrible. I've tried JAB, New Horizon (which was ok but not half as good as last years), Verve, non of them were nice, all had plastic in, and lumps of wood. 

The best compost i've bought this year was the new horizon vegetable compost for the raised veg beds, but again no deals on that. So it seems to me if you want decent stuff you're better off paying extra and getting veg products, as these seem to have less rubbish in (i wonder if there are rules about rubbish content for veg use??).

I think generally the only decent use of multipurpose now is mulch.

Expensive perennial plug plants

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 19:47

They only time i ever buy them is when they are "free" so basically the 48 plugs for a fiver type offers. 

The best ones i've gotten are the recent 48 lavenders offer, these are probably the strongest little plants i've had from T&M. I've got a stoney bank to plant so they will eventually go in there, probably after a year in the greenhouse though. 

Many of the offers though are daft, as they usually contain things that are so easy to grow from seed (foxgloves, echinecea etc) that you'd be better off germinating your own on a windowsil. 

Must admit i fell for the plum poppies T&M are selling recently but only because i had a fiver off voucher, like everything else they are tiny, but as i have a greenhouse they will be ok. They really should say they all need to be overwintered in at least  a cold frame though as without a greenhouse or coldframe you'd have no chance. 

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