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Posted: 04/09/2012 at 10:51
Kitty Jingga wrote (see)

. I know real primrose are suppose to be white but these were colourful.


Just a quick point our native Primroses are yellow. Unless they are the much rarer P. scotica which are pink

wild picking

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 18:05

Be careful with other things too. There are plenty of lovely blackberries n the hedgerows along the lane on which we live. BUT picking them might not be a good idea, the fields were recently spread with the contents of the Chicken sheds from a nearby farm. Having had the stuff tested, it contains Salmonella, Listeria and E coli bacteria. I would be very doubtgyl about eating any fruit from round here.

Russain Vine help

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 17:58

It certainly looks like Russian Vine (Fallopia baldschuanica ) and if it is it is one of the most appalling weeds going. It will take over the world given half a chance. Many people think it ashould be on the banned list like Japanese Kotweed and Himalayan Balsam. Why on earth would you want to take cuttings of it?

mystery bulb

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 09:17

Not even related to Alliums, actually in the same family as Daffodils.

Rooting cuttings with potatoes

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 13:20

Many hundreds of years ago I am sure I read about putting cuttings into potatoes as a rooting medium, but my memory does not dredge up where it was I read it.


Posted: 02/09/2012 at 10:35

Another of my pet hates. This one seeds itself all over the place and almost as profusely as Foxgloves.

Crab Apple Tree.

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 19:08

Perhaps, but the rootstock under one of our Crab apples (M. trilobata) I took and grew on.The apples on that one could describe as sizable and green. Say 2 inches in diameter?

Crab Apple Tree.

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 10:38

Sounds like the rootstock has taken over from the named Crab apple type to me.


Posted: 01/09/2012 at 10:36

Do be aware though that the dried stems look really awful in Winter and will not compost or shred easily.

What to do with soil that's got coal in it

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 21:38

Every inch of our garden contains bits of coal and in places it is almost pure cinders. The Veg gardens have the least coal and no cinders, and we have had no problems so fat in 20 years of eating.

Be glad your garden does not have our major contaminants.......hundreds of batteries from the old accumulator types with lead plates to modern torch batteries. We had to put the Veg  areas where there was the least number of these things.

I think the clay residue is possibly from the coal fires.

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