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Plant ID

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 20:49

Oxalis pes-caprae aka Bermudan Buttercup (not West Indian nor a buttercup though) is one of the worst weeds worldwide. It seeds all over the place and it has tiny bulbs on the roots which detach when one pulls it out.

Sadly weedkiller is the only effective treatment.

And its seeds are almost impossible to kill, they can and do survive the heat used to make peat free compost, so you are importing it whenever you use that.

Rhodohypoxis milloides claret

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 17:30

And mice adore them!

Houses with lots of land

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 10:52

I think the worst part of having a dream like this is achieving it. I did and my plans used to give me something to mull over before going to sleep. Now I just lie there and worry about how we are going to keep the garden going. Hope you make your dream come true and live to enjoy it too!

We have no regrets about doing what we did here, the last 20 years of making and maintaining a garden have been everything we imagined and more.

If you can do it then do it.

Badgers or Crows - Terrible Damage

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 20:39

Badgers dig much deeper holes, Believe me, my garden is under attack so I know what the damage they do looks like.

Houses with lots of land

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 10:45

May one interject a word of warning here?

If you need to work full time to pay the mortgage on a property with a large garden then you do not have the time, normally, to do the work on the garden. Our young neighbours have discovered this and their half acre plot is rapidly going back to weed infested scrub, as they both work long hours to get enough money to live.

We managed with our 1 acre garden purely and simply because I was retired and could work on it full time.

Now we are both getting on and feeling less fit, this garden is beginning to be hard to maintain as well.

Sorry to be a bit negative, but it is something which always strikes me when watching these Move to the Country programmes on TV. Especially with folks who have never owned a large garden before.


Posted: 15/04/2016 at 20:41

Did read about some rather different shades of blue found in  a wood in France one time, but not heard any more of it since.



Posted: 15/04/2016 at 17:55

British bluebells do not come in any other colour than blue, so it must be either a hybrid or Spanish.

Plant ID please!

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 10:19

Look remarkably like Cornus sanguinea stems.

my Kilmarnock willow problem

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 17:03

Willows flower next year on wood produced this year. so if you pruned it at the wrong time (easily done( then that could be the problem. If not then you need to encourage it to produce new growth. Now is the right time to cut it back and feed it.


Posted: 13/04/2016 at 08:35

Tried this a few years back, the mole just moved a couple of feet away and dug a new set of tunnels.

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