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Plant Identification help please

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 09:20

The Butterburr (Petsites) I know grows on river banks and the leaves get huge. That is what had me fooled.

Plant Identification help please

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 21:07

Are the leaves shiny? Bit hard to tell. Cochlearia officinalis is Common Scurvy grass and the leaves are like your but definitely shiny.

clean garden

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 21:02

I watched one morning as over a dozen blue tits emerged from one of our nest boxes. They also go looking for spiders etc. in them.

In an ideal world I would leave the tops on perennials over Winter, but as it takes from now until Spring to clear them all off that is not a choice.

By the way what do you folks do with the removed top growth? A lot of the stuff we have will not rot and believe me I have tried. It is very difficult to shred, except when very dry and ditto for burning. Be nice to be able to put it in the Council compost bin, but I filled both of ours witrh the Clematis I cut down. Only another 60 or so of those to do too.

clean garden

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 18:04

Lucky person. I have cut down the plants on one island bed, no weeding, just removed all the dead top growth. 10 wheelbarrow loads of it.

Plant Identification help please

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 18:00

The top one still escapes me. There are very few plants with that shaped leaf so it ought to be possible. Maianthemum has it, as does one of the smaller growing Dock (Rubble Dock) and Convolulus arvensis. The latter has small pink,sometimes white flowers and is a ground hugging plant not a climber like Bindweed.

Plant Identification help please

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 14:44

Second one is Green alkanet which strangely enough has blue flowers.

And annoyingly I know what the top one is, but having a senior moment (AGAIN!) the name will not pop.

Building Rockeries

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 16:15

Unless you are skilled it is very easy to make a Rockery look like a Plum pudding or a Dog's grave. I would make a raised bed, using the rocks to increase the depth of soil and with the rubble and free draining soil, you would have a really good alpine growing area which would look nice.

Almost all soi-dit rockery plants would grow in it. If it gets full sun all day in Summer then avoid the cushion  forming saxifrages, they tend to burn in too much sun.

This might be useful


What is wrong with my apple tree

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 12:48

The only thing I know of which causes brown streaks in branches of Apple trees is Silver leaf disease. The leaves should have had a silvery sheedn on them before they fell. There is no treatment if it is this.  The tree will die. Hope I am very wrong.

overgrown rockery

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 15:45

As Bjay says, but with Alina, a Spring job when the grass is beginning to geow. If there are spring bulbs then you can move them in flower....carefully.

Help Identifying flowers

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 09:32

A looks like a Poppy, but not sure.

E could well be an Iris ensata type, but again there are a lot of Irids with that petal formation.

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