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any idea what it is

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 09:37

Just a note on the berries. Whilst they are poisonous, it would take a very determined person to eat more than one. The sensation is likened to having a mouthful of sharp needles.

Birds can and do eat them.

Aliums

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 09:33

Multi headed as in more than one flower per stem or multi-heaed as in more than one stem?

 

What is this

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 09:30

Does look like Hogweed growing up with Goosegrass/Cleavers around it.

Can anyone help identify this plant?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:40

We have a number of different Sanguisorba of different colours. These are mainly S. canadensis. I like them.

what is this thats killing all our hedge and what can i do

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 17:52

Fertiliser feeds the plants so it is immediately available to any plant. However if the conifers have been in for some time and it looks that way, then they will have taken out an awful lot of the goodness in the soil. The only way to put that back is to add humus, that is compost, well rotted animal manure, leaf mould or any of the proprietary soil conditioners sold by the bag load in Garden centres.

Without this kind of material the fertliser will just wash out of the soil as there will be little in there to hold on to it.

Sorry, but in gardening there are very few quick fits, despite the Make over programmes on TV promising instant results.

What plant?

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 21:15

Again, the inability to enlarge the pictures makes life very hard, especially when one's eyesight is not as good as it was (and it never was that good!).

What plant?

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 16:58

2 and 2a Ribes, Flowering  Currants as siad.

4 Viburnum davidii

1 could be a Lonicera nitida.

Do wish the site would allow the pictures to display larger.

California Blue Bells

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 15:49

I have to say that I have never heard of Brodiaea being referred to as California Blue Bells. That name has always been applied to Phacelia.

Very strange.

 Broadiaea laxa is now Triteliaea laxa and the usual version is properly T.l. Koningin Fabiola. Not that the name matters. They are very easy to grow and if they like your garden then they will clump up nicely and if allowed will sefl seed around. AND, if you are really lucky you will get some variation in colour over time. Full sun, well drained reasonbly good soil is what they like.

Woodlice

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 10:31

Leave them alone. They are one of the primary movers in the compost world. They eat decayed or decaying matter and help break it down into the nice crumbly stuff that we like to spread on our soil. Their teeth are not strong enough to eat anything but very soft green material or as said, half decayed stuff. They love dark damp places. Only time they might be a nuisance is if you have lots of them where there is not enough food and they then attack seedlings.

If you have them where you do not want them then the answer is to clear out any rubbish plant material and let in the light. Talcum powder will stop them as they find it difficult to cross it.

Finally if you really have huge numbers then, fried in butter they are supposed to taste like shrimps.

Purple climber ID please

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 20:50

Now that is exquisite. Does it produce  runners which root as they go, like the red version?

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